The area close to the Chandler Oasis apartments, where a guy was add in October in what police are now saying is fallout from Mexican medicine cartel activity.

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In this Oct. 28, 2010 picture shows the apartment whereby Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy was uncovered in Chandler, Ariz. Cota-Monroy"s body was uncovered Oct. 10 in this Chandler apartment, his severed head was discovered a couple feet away. Only one of four men suspected in his killing and also decapitation has actually been arrested; the manhunt proceeds for the other three, who police believe fled to Mexico. Cota-Monroy and also the 4 suspects all room from Mexico and were in the U.S. Illegally. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The apartment of boy name Alejandro Cota-Monroy is displayed on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, in Chandler, Ariz. Cota-Monroy"s body was discovered Oct. 10 in this Chandler apartment, his severed head was uncovered a couple feet away. Only one of 4 men suspected in his killing and also decapitation has actually been arrested; the manhunt proceeds for the various other three, who police believe fled to Mexico. Cota-Monroy and also the four suspects all are from Mexico and were in the U.S. Illegally. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Minutes ~ the beheading of a 38-year-old Chandler male insidea tiny apartment at the Chandler Oasis apartments last October,Norma Alvarado told police she knew she lived in a badneighborhood.

She additionally told police the she was accustomed to world yellingduring the night in the 300 block that West Fairview Street whereby thebody of young name Alejandro Cota-Monroy was uncovered with hissevered head a few feet far in what authorities believe is first beheading linked to Mexican drug cartel violence in theUnited States.

A grisly 170-page police report exit Wednesday through Chandlerpolice describes the scene: Cota-Monroy’s head lying close to his bodyon carpet drenched in blood.


Police say Cota-Monroy, one illegal immigrant from Mexico, stole400 pounds of marijuana indigenous the cartel PEI-Estatales/El Chapo andthen lied about it in an effort to conserve his life. But three“sicarios” (hitmen) from Mexico v ties come Perris, Calif., caughtup through him and sent a post by death him because that the medicine he toldthe cartel to be confiscated through Border Patrol, the report says.

Alvarado no much longer lives at the little apartment facility in aneighborhood near downtown Chandler that is front by aconvenience keep where a little group of day laborers sit in hopesof job offers.

During the beforehand morning hours of Oct. 10 no one appeared to hearanything unusual, however police speak the beheading is a authorize of Mexicandrug cartel violence spilling far north that the border.

David Osuna shook his head in disbelief Thursday morning aswomen driven babies in strollers along West Fairview Street. Osuna,his wife and also two daughters, periods 1 and also 3, moved into an apartmentlast week across from wherein Cota-Monroy to be murdered.

“You never think that would certainly happen, or you will do be the neighborhood ofthe one it occurred to,” stated Osuna, who grew up in theneighborhood. “I’ve lived here all mine life, and also I’ve heard ofmurders happening, but never a beheading. A many of civilization know me,and ns feel pretty safe here. World here watch out for oneanother.”

Osuna stated that at the very least 90 percent of the human being who live inthe community are indigenous the mexican state the Sonora.

Another guy who has lived in the community for 2 years saidhe to be surprised to hear about the beheading and also blamed the crimeon the “newcomers.”

“It’s crazy,” claimed Sebastian Camacho. “The world who carry out thatsort of thing aren’t thinking. Friend gotta be genuine careful and nottrust anyone.”

Of the 4 men who police think were inside the apartmentthat evening and also early morning, one to be arrested — CrisantosMoroyoqui, 36 — on hesitation of second-degree murder and hinderingprosecution. Moroyoqui, who was discovered by police through blood onhis clothing and boots, had actually not been cooperating withinvestigators. According to the report, that told police he to be toodrunk to remember what had actually happened and that the didn’t know theother suspects. He told police he had been living in the apartmentbuilding for three to four months.

“The cartel rental hit guys specifically to kill him,” saidDetective Dave Ramer, a Chandler police spokesman. “He lying his wayout that being eliminated the first time. He stated he was going to placed uphis house for collateral come pay for the drugs, yet he didn’t very own ahouse. You going come say whatever you deserve to to save your life.”

Authorities room still trying to find Juan Campos Aguilar, JoseDavid Castro Reyes and also a man only recognized to them as “El Joto,” aderogatory Spanish term for a happy man, in connection with thebeheading. Police think the suspected hit men had been stayingthe Value ar motel in west Phoenix and also fled in a 2003 red FordExpedition v California patent plate No. 6FWR784. Castle arebelieved to have actually returned to Mexico.

Arizona Attorney basic Tom Horne referred to as the beheading inChandler “an instance of the extreme threats we confront of criminalscoming into this nation with a viciousness we’ve never ever facedbefore in the unified States.”

Horne and also Gov. January Brewer have criticized the federal governmentfor failing to secure the U.S. Border with Mexico.

“The governor has actually said repetitively she is came to aboutcartel violence spilling over right into the border and impacting Arizonacommunities," claimed Matt Benson, spokesman for the governor’soffice. "This occurrence is just one more example that what she’s beentalking about."

Horne claimed Thursday the beheading the Cota-Monroy is an exampleof why border security have to be a height priority.


David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for Arizona, told the Tribune onThursday the the decapitation’s connect to a medicine cartel comes together nosurprise.

“Law enforcement knew it was simply a issue of time prior to we sawthese kind of incidents and also I think there’s going come be more ofthese,” Gonzales said. “The beheading in Chandler is just how cartelsare getting more desperate and violent. The border problem isstarting come dissolve. The cartels offered to respect not crossing theU.S.-Mexico border, yet they’re start to disrespect it, yet theviolence was interior or included to Mexicans. The question nowis, when does the violence spill over to American citizens? Wethink it’s just approximately the corner.

“I think drug cartel violence already is here, and it’s going tostay here for a while,” Gonzales added. “Those that don’t think thebleed-over violence is below are in denial.”

The police report claims an enforcement/kidnapping team called“Los Relampagos” was at first sent to kidnap Cota-Monroy andreturn him to the cartel to challenge punishment because that stealing the drugs.Cota-Monroy talked his way out of it by telling them that themarijuana was confiscated by the U.S. Border Patrol and also that hewould placed up his residence as collateral to pay for the pot, accordingto the report.

Instead, Cota-Monroy fled come Phoenix in an attempt to avoidbeing killed and also lived v a friend, the report stated. A womanwho knew Cota-Monroy and also saw him drink at the El Coyote SportsBar through the 3 suspects stated he often would speed a many ofcash.

The PEI-Estatales/El Chapo cartel hired three males from the group“El Gio” to kill Cota-Monroy, according to the report. Policebelieve the 3 suspected assassins befriended Cota-Monroy andwere drinking through him within the apartment prior to he waskilled.

Chandler police claimed they obtained “raw intelligence” fromBorder Patrol agents around the situations leading toCota-Monroy’s death.

The indigenous “out top top the streets,” according to the report, is thatthere will be retaliation against the three exceptional suspects bymembers of the Beltran Leyva Organization, another cartel. The BLOcartel is responsible for cocaine, heroin and also marijuanatransportation and wholesaling as well as marijuana production. TheBLO, which used to execute security because that the Sinaloa and Juarezcartels, likewise controls plenty of drug smuggling corridors, andengages in human being smuggling, money laundering, extortion,kidnapping, murder and also gun-running.

Cota-Monroy supposedly was a member of the BLO, follow to thereport.

Phil Jordan, a retired drug Enforcement administration Agent whoalso is a previous chief of the El Paso intelligence Center, saidThursday the in his slightly more than 30 years in functioning infederal legislation enforcement, he had actually never heard that a beheadingconnected to Mexican drug cartel in the U.S. Before.

Jordan also said the believes the the cartels want to send astrong message to anyone who betrays them, including Americansselling drugs on this next of the border because that them.

“This form of killing has reached a various level now,” Jordansaid. “It’s a hell that a solid message they desire to send come drugdistribution cabinet members functioning on this side of the border. Onceyou cross the Mexican medicine cartels, they will seek you and findyou.”

What is alarming, Jordan said, is that the Mexican drug cartelsare adopting the “ruthless” techniques of the Colombian medicine lords andby beheading people, lock are also resorting come trademark terroristtactics the al-Qaida and the Taliban use.

“As far as the beheading in Chandler, that a rarely situation, buta authorize of the time of what’s comes to our side of the fence,”Jordan said. “What wake up in Mexico is no much longer staying Mexico,and it’s not a great thing,” Jordan said.

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Authorities have actually been can not to find the three other suspects,who were checked out in the tiny town that Ursulo Galvan Valle in En Palme,Sonora, through a household member of someone who had lived in ~ theapartment where Cota-Monroy to be killed.