Mongoose Azteca is the codename for a joint military operation between the US and Mexico. The operation objective, locate and capture Ovidio Guzmán. The operation started at the beginning of August 2022.
The operation was able to penetrate high-level hawks (lookouts) as well as members of Ovidio’s escort security ring. Intel from the operation provided the routine for Ovidio. In code, Ovidio was known as The “Old One.”
On August 8 and 9, 2022, The US carried out air operations and shared their findings with the Sedena Air Force commanders.
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Frequencies: 445.9122 MHz
Privacy ID: 03
Coordinates: 24.680320 -107.447660
GIST: At 1958Z, UIM 1 scolded UIM 2 because his “cocinero” was making comments about the operations he carries out, how dare a simple cook talk about me. UIM 1 told UIM 2 you must be aware of everything that happens in your area. UIM 2 spoke in the morning with the guys of the Alacran and they have already started (nothing specific). UIM 1 responded you do not need to talk to anyone, just pass the report, can you imagine if my boss calls me, and I do not have an update? Have you relayed the message I sent you? UIM 2 informed UIM 1 that the military arrived at La Colonia de Culiacan checking the towns of La Rancheria, Coral Viejo, Los Cedritos and La Higuera. UIM 1 plans on getting a motorcycle to make 2 to 3 daily trips to the office.
GIST: At 1640Z, An unidentified group of scouts identified “una blanca” (small plane) in the neighborhood area. UIM 1 wants his group to track how the bird enters and leaves the area, please keep your radios.
Analyst note: The following FOl was identified by SEDENA. This group provides protection to the Cartel in the area and oversees the deliveries.
Frequencies: 464.914 / 469.914 MHz
Privacy ID: 60
GIST: At 2241Z, UIM1 said, “Que Quiobole” (meaning, can someone hear me)? UIM 2 asked UIM 1 if he could speak to “EL Viejo,” and it is not urgent. UIM 2 will ask his boss if the meeting could be arranged.
Analyst Note: “El Viejo” is a nickname used by the person in charge of an area. Ovidio Guzman is also known as “El Viejo”, geo location is under Los Chapitos control.
Frequencies: 443.888 MHz
Coordinates: 25.184894 -107.813371
Analyst Note: “Aparatos” is most likely in reference to weapons.
GIST: At 2053Z, UIM 1 sent a message on the network indicating that 8100 radio are not working in the area, pay attention to 4 (possible network). Keep me informed of the Marina convoy in the area. CS GIO responded good copy. UIM 1 said we are here “Viejillo”, “Cholon Vago” Special Forces. UIM 2 will continue to guard the area, let me know if someone is coming, we are cooking “carne asada”. UIM 2 mentioned the “Caibiles” arrived, and they are enjoying the “carne asada.”
Frequencies: 418.713 MHz
Privacy ID: 04
Coordinates: 25.097741 -107.489387
GIST: At 2212Z, UM 1 told UIM 2 you and the boss “El Raton” will always have my loyalty, you do not need to say it. I am at your service.
GIST: At 2259Z, CS Mochomo asked his guys what is going on with that vehicle? UIM 1 responded are you talking about the black Ford Raptor located in the 22 (unknown area) next to the OXXO store? We are tracking the truck; the Raptor is load with rifles. CS Mochomo asked where you guys are coming from, what is the next move?
GIST: At 2302Z, UIM1 informed the group that he saw the Raptor pass near the seminary.
The US has technology that gathers all radio communication and can provide exact coordinates. This capability was executed from a small plane in air space above the target. Consider the technology used to hunt Escobar, but modern and on steroids. This technology should strike fear in future cartel communications.
It should be noted that, in the days of listening to those conversations, they not only managed to locate Ovidio Guzmán. They also collected information about the activities of the Cartel and its structure, as well as their paramilitary and counterintelligence capabilities.