Mexican Assassins Are Pretty Damn Competent


The sunny, broad intersection of Arizona Street and Boulevard Pope John Paul II abuts the Rio Grande and is a five-minute drive from a main bridge into El Paso. Easily visible across the river was a picket line of U.S. Border Patrol vehicles.

Huerta was riding in the passenger seat of a new silver-colored Dodge Journey SUV with Texas plates, which had stopped at a red light. The car was driven by a secretary at the prosecutor’s office, Marisela Esparza Granados. When García arrived, the splintered windshield wipers on the vehicle were still struggling to operate.

The intersection around the Dodge was littered with spent shells. García and his partner, who carry clipboards but no weapons, methodically photographed the scene and collected 85 casings, all in the caliber consistent with the account some witnesses told police — that two hooded men from two vans pulled in front of the Dodge and opened fire with AK-47s.

The criminologists at the forensic lab were struck by several details. First, they suspected that Huerta was followed by at least one, and perhaps several, chase vehicles, which would have helped the gunmen get into position to ambush Huerta. They knew the car Huerta would use and his route, the investigators said.

Second, the criminologists were impressed with the precision, speed and audacity of the attack.

When it rolled to a stop at the traffic light, Huerta’s vehicle was surrounded by other cars at a crowded intersection. But no other vehicles were hit by stray bullets. Later, Hawley, the lab coordinator, pointed out the tight pattern of gunfire pocking the SUV’s windshield.

“You see they hit where they aim. He was the target. Not her,” Hawley said. The assassins concentrated their fire directly at Huerta, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest. “If they know they’re wearing a bulletproof vest, they ignore the chest and shoot the head,” he added.

The autopsy revealed that Huerta had been struck at least 40 times, most in the chest. The passenger seat of the SUV was soaked with blood. The secretary, Esparza, was struck only three times, though a neck wound was fatal.

In the crime laboratory, the shell casings were examined by the ballistics team and recorded. The bullets are almost always from the United States. The assassins do not trust bullets made in Mexico, Hawley said, adding, “The American bullets are better.”

You’ve just enjoyed a tasty portion of the WASHINGTON POST‘s article on the deadliness of Mexican drug cartel assassins.

Now, American news sources have been gawking at the insane Mexican assassination situation for some time now. Here’s an article from the New York Times about a decade ago that observes the cartel’s penchant for recruiting American assassins, focusing on one top Mexican-American killer:

The hit man, David Barron Corona, 34, led a group of young Hispanic toughs who started in crime by selling marijuana and amphetamines on California street corners, developed a taste for murder in years of drive-by shootings, and after establishing contacts with Mexican traffickers blossomed into a ruthless new breed of cross-border assassin.


Although Mr. Barron’s story is dramatic, he is by no means unique, an American anti-drug agent said. Mexican traffickers have been recruiting gang members in cities all along the 2,000-mile border to work as henchmen in Mexico, he said.

The agent described these gang members as ”hard-core, violence-prone” criminals who speak both English and Spanish and have access to weapons. ”They’ll do anything for money,” the agent said.

”It’s the same thing in El Paso-Juarez,” he added, referring to the metropolitan area that straddles the border between Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua. ”They kill on one side of the river and hide on the other. That’s why the border is as much a mirror of what is happening in the United States as it is of Mexico.”


When exactly Mr. Barron made the acquaintance of Ramon Arellano Felix, one of the brothers who control the Tijuana cartel, is not clear. But he appears to have earned Mr. Arellano’s enduring trust in November 1992, when Mr. Arellano was pinned down in the restroom of a disco in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during an attack by gunmen from a rival drug mafia.

Mr. Barron helped Mr. Arellano escape through the disco’s air-conditioning ducts, American officials said.

After that experience, Mr. Arellano assigned Mr. Barron to recruit cartel gunmen from among gang associates in San Diego, according to a United States prosecutor who discussed Mr. Barron in a 1995 interview.

”When the traffickers wanted to send hit squads into Mexico, Barron would assemble the group and dispatch them to their targets,” the prosecutor said. The gang members were paid weekly retainers and given bonuses of thousands of dollars for specific jobs, the prosecutor said.

Mr. Barron recruited gang members for an attack on one of the Arellanos’ rivals in May 1993. That operation degenerated into a furious firefight at the Guadalajara airport and left a Roman Catholic Cardinal dead in the crossfire, said Alejandro Hodoyan, an Arellano lieutenant who was arrested last year and described the workings of the cartel to Mexican investigators.

Well, that guy might SOUND like a masta killa, but look how things turned out for him:


Accidentally capped in the eye by his own hit squad. And the target got away. We’re not impressed.

Well, unfortunately the Mexican cartel killers have evolved quite a bit from the David Barron days:

In Mexico’s chaotic drug war, attacks are no longer the work of desperate amateurs with bad aim. Increasingly, the killings are being carried out by professionals, often hooded and gloved, who trap their targets in coordinated ambushes, strike with overwhelming firepower, and then vanish into the afternoon rush hour — just as they did in the Huerta killing.

The paid assassins, known as sicarios, are rarely apprehended. Mexican officials say the commando squads probably travel from state to state, across a country where the government and its security forces are drawing alarming conclusions about the scope and skill of an enemy supported by billions of dollars in drug profits.

“They are getting very good at their jobs,” said Hector Hawley Morelos, coordinator of the state forensics and crime laboratory here, where criminologists and coroners have been overwhelmed by more than 1,600 homicides in Juarez this year. “The assassins show a high level of sophistication. They have had training — somewhere. They appear to have knowledge of police investigative procedures. For instance, they don’t leave fingerprints. That is very disturbing.”


In the Juarez morgue, the three walk-in freezers are filled to capacity with more than 90 corpses, stacked floor to ceiling, in leaking white bags with zippers. After a few months, those who are not identified are buried in a field at the city cemetery at the edge of the desert.

“The patterns that we often see with organized crime homicides are high-caliber weapons, multiple wounds, extreme trauma,” said Alma Rosa Padilla, a chief medical examiner, who completes as many as five full autopsies each day. “They don’t go to the hospital.”

OK, that’s terrifying.

As the WAPO article points out, there are a lot of former army and police members defecting to the dark side all the time, bringing their expertise along with them.

Dude. That’s like Lieutenant Daniels’ Major Case Squad joining forces with the Marlo Stanfield crew to take out Tommy Carcetti, Scott Templeton and Julian Bond.

Well, like that, except in real life and not cool. Also, Mexican.

[NEXT IN THIS SERIES: “Tijuana’s Pozolero is One Cold Sumbitch”]

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25 Responses to Mexican Assassins Are Pretty Damn Competent

  1. Denise says:

    Please remember that this man has family. He has been dead for many years now and publishing this only brings back pain for everyone involved.

    • Deadant says:

      Hey, the victims had family too. So showing this cowards picture once a month on the net is great!!!!

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  2. cynthia barron says:

    i miss u tio rip…..

  3. Edith Corona says:

    I agree with Denise!

  4. Deadant, you pretty much made your point with the first comment, no need for personal attacks.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lmao. U people must be facinated with Davids story!! To take time out of your lives to leave stupid comments.

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed. You’re on the same boat! I spend time in tijuana and the idiot had it comin. If it weren’t his own buddies killin him, someone else would of. If he were alive he would of been hit the same style his victims were. He was on borrowed time. Yes I am facinated by his death. Look at him, down on his knees like the coward he is!!! Love it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Crossfire knucklehead! So much for great training. Oh well, it doesn’t take a genious to know not to stand in front of the crossfire! Mr blancornelas won on that day!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Your such an idiot have fun with David page! LMAO Psycho!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This page is funny! I’m glad this david coward died!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Deadant, you need to stop. We all know the David is resting in peace in hell! But to think about it, it is a cool picture to see a loser like him on his knees!

  10. Anonymous says:

    this is a message to deadant…. You are absolutly sick! In an other hand, David is a parasite to society and well, thank god he was fatally shot and killed by his own. Cool picture too!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    this dead guys deserved to die. Who know how many people he wiped out. Oh well, his time was up! The picture does look cool!!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    “accidentally capped in his eye by his own hit squad”. Sounds like the writer is on the same level of making fun of davies death!!! The guys dead, who cares! One less idiot for the law to deal with! Deadant and the anonymous writers are right! Screw this dude! Nice picture! Should post his childhood pictures till his fall! That would be great!

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is soooo hilirious. U funny deadant!!! I like you!

  14. Parent says:

    Romans 6:23 For the wages sin pays is death. Regardless of what this imperfect human soul did, he has paid for his sins with his death. As for the picture of his ugly death, nothing good can come from it. Especially, If you have lost a loved one to gang violence.

  15. a young girlfriend says:

    I knew David when I was a young girl. I just found out that he was killed. I also discovered the extent of his crimes. I was aware of the drug dealings but not of the murders etc. when David and I parted ways I had no involvement and no reason to find out information. Apparently no reason to read newspapers either because I new nothing of the many articles.
    I am not defending any acts of violence that he was involved in. I just wanted to post a memory of him as a person that I really cared for. He was kind and loving and protective of me. He never involved me in this life, actually I am remembering what a naive young girl I was. He made sure I went to school and worked hard to build a nice life for myself. I remember him saying that I needed to learn to take care of myself because he wouldn’t always be there. He was my first love and this weekend I was thinking of him. I wanted to find his family to ask about him but via the internet I discovered his death. I will remember him with love. He was a very smart man with a leaders personality. I know readers think he didn’t have a positive imprint on the world but I am a better person because I knew him. If it wasn’t for his guidance I may have not had such a nice life. I wish his life road would have lead him on a different journey. May god bless the innocent that died and were hurt by the hands of David and may god have mercy on his soul.

  16. ooooo says:

    Its Buisness nothing personal!!!!!!

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