Authorities Arrest ‘Cabo 62’ After Shooting in Tijuana

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In addition to his alias Cabo 62, he also goes by his pseudonym Jose Angel Flores Zarate, or his nicknames Angel, Angelito, Gordo, or Alas.


After a shootout in Tijuana, Baja California, the state police and the Mexican Navy arrested Jose Angel Flores Hernandez (‘Cabo 62’). Officials say he is one the most violent criminals in Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Valle de Guadalupe.

Cabo 62 is a high-ranking operator of Los Cabos, a faction of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Baja California. Many of the murders that occur in Tijuana and its surrounding areas are ordered or approved by Los Cabos, investigators say.

During an online press conference, Baja California authorities confirmed that Cabo 62’s arrest was conducted following a court-approved home search warrant. Along with Cabo 62, authorities also arrested his bodyguard, Heriberto Lopez Canchola. They were in possession of five firearms and several packages with methamphetamine.

Background

The earliest mention Borderland Beat was able to find about Cabo 62 was from January 2019, when suspected members of the Tijuana New Generation Cartel (CTNG) left a narcobanner framing him and David Lopez Jimenez (‘Cabo 20’) for being traitors.

Last November, Cabo 62 was injured from a gunshot in Ensenada and admitted to a private hospital in Rosarito. While he was recovering, three sicarios broke into the hospital and went into his room to kill him. They shot him three times, but none of the bullets hit vital organs and Cabo 62 survived. He was reported as stable and was released from the hospital a few days later.

In 2020, Borderland Beat reported that the leaders of Los Cabos in Tijuana were Leonardo Fabian Llamas (‘Cabo 45’), Rodolfo Lopez Arellano (‘Cabo 30’) and Pedro Stanley Hernandez Jelinek (‘El Peter’). Many other high-ranking operators have been arrested and/or killed since last year, including Mario Delval Barocio (‘Cabo 33’) and Edgar Perez Villa (‘Cabo 89’).

Sources: Zeta Tijuana (1); (2)(3)AFN Tijuana; El Imparcial