Wednesday, December 29, 2010


One of the Gente Nueva suspects just caught in Durango apparently went by the alias "Guilligan," an "apparent reference to the 1960s television series Gilligan's Island," as The Associated Press puts it.

Mexico's narcos are highly creative when it comes to nicknames, or apodos as they are known in Spanish. Some are funny, others are a clear sign of the narcos' sociopathy. Here are some I've come across:

La Hamburguesa - a notorious human trafficker

El Chuck Norris

El Petardo – the firecracker, known for his explosive outbursts

Mochomo – Fire ant

El Mas Loco - The craziest one

El Chucky

El Taliban

El Mono – the monkey

El Senor de los Cielos – Lord of the Skies (known for flying jet planes full of cocaine into the US)

La Barbie – the blonde hair, blue-eyed Texan apparently got this nickname from his high school football coach

El Pozolero – The Stewmaker (dissolved up to 300 bodies – this is not funny in any way)

Los Gotcha – a Mexico City-based kidnapping gang

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