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The lavish wedding of a drug-trafficking couple, which ended with a bloody triple crime – among the victims was a one-year-old baby, who was shot four times – last Saturday in a country on the outskirts of Rosario shows that far from hiding the money that comes from the sale of drugs is exhibited with impunity.

“Those who manage to cross the threshold of 30 years and survived the assassins and prison are people who made a lot of money very quickly,” prosecutor Matías Edery, who is part of the Organized Crime Unit, explained to LA NACION.

Brisa Leguizamón and Esteban Rocha are the couple whose marriage ended in a triple homicide
Brisa Leguizamón and Esteban Rocha are the couple whose marriage ended in a triple homicide

The journey of these drug dealers who accumulate money and live at breakneck speed is often the successful mirror of young people who see them as role models. The case of Marcos Díaz, a fugitive from federal justice since November of last year, is emblematic.

The former rugby player who played in a traditional club in Rosario until 2016 is suspected of being the intermediary between a drug gang, led by former Peruvian pilot Julio Rodríguez Granthon, supplier of Los Monos, and financier Gustavo Shanahan, former owner of Terminal Puerto Rosario. The stocky young man, with an intimidating face, disappeared. No one could find it. It is presumed that he fled the country.

Shanahan, linked at the time to the Pujol family in Catalonia, is being processed and detained at his home for drug trafficking. Marcos Díaz would have taken 36 million pesos to the financial company to exchange them for the blue dollar. The business was centered on the spread spread charged by the financial cave, which was 2 percent above the value of the parallel dollar. In large amounts of money that percentage represents a fortune. Marcos Díaz seemed mimicked with the drug traffickers, although he was far from the marginal world. He bought powerful weapons with which he practiced dressed in combat clothes.

Iván Maximiliano Giménez, 30, one of the victims of last Saturday’s hitman attack that left three dead, including his wife Erica Romero and their one-year-old daughter Elena, was born in Villa Banana, one of the poorest areas of Rosary beads. But he climbed up the structure of drug trafficking and began to rub against other social sectors. He went to the wedding in a car he didn’t use often, a brand-new Audi TT, which costs more than $50,000.

Marcos Díaz, a fugitive from federal justice since November of last year, is an ex-rugbier suspected of laundering money for the Monos
Marcos Díaz, a fugitive from federal justice since November of last year, is an ex-rugbier suspected of laundering money for the Monos

Since last year he was being investigated by federal justice. He lived in Ibarlucea, on the outskirts of Rosario, where Esteban Rocha and his girlfriend Brisa Leguizamón were married. Her house in a rural area is a few meters from a warehouse where she stored cocaine shipments that came from Bolivia. Reina Titi, a woman named Adelaida Castillo, replaced the sophisticated Loza clan in the narco logistics operation in Argentina.

Giménez was 30 years old and had approached, as many do in Rosario’s narco geography, the leader of Los Monos for protection. That need is expensive. It has risky considerations that demarcate the fragility of loyalties in drug trafficking.

What the investigators intuit is that Giménez intuited that they were looking for him to kill. One hypothesis is that Esteban Alvarado, a prisoner in the Ezeiza prison, a historical enemy of the Canteros, was the one who had put a price on his head. They held him responsible for the loss of a shipment of 200 kilos of marijuana that was lost in the Paraná River on October 12. The bad weather played a trick on him and the bags with the drugs that were thrown from a barge – probably coming from Paraguay – ended up at the bottom of the Paraná. For this reason, Giménez had switched to the competition, to the ranks of Cantero to survive.

Esteban Rocha, the groom at the wedding, is the same age as Giménez. Both grew rapidly economically. And the two were now close to the leader of Los Monos, although they came from different organizations.

In just three years, Rocha became a major drug trafficker. His sights were set on the money he raised. From being a drug dealer to a neighborhood manager like Olga Medina, known as Tata, he had climbed to another sphere. He supplied gangs that sold cocaine as if they were candy. He had been in a relationship with Brisa Leguizamón for a long time. She knew the business and became his partner. His sister Brenda, known as La Diabla in the trap environment, was another heavyweight player in San Nicolás, province of Buenos Aires.

Brenda Leguizamón, la Diabla, as she calls herself in the trap environment, is also under the scrutiny of federal justice
Brenda Leguizamón, la Diabla, as she calls herself in the trap environment, is also under the scrutiny of federal justice

Both had been arrested. But they managed to get away. Rocha managed to be released by the Criminal Cassation Chamber, contrary to the decision made by the court of appeals in Rosario, which ordered him to be imprisoned. Brisa was under house arrest because she had to take care of her two little daughters. Until now, he had complied with the limitations imposed by the federal court, which broke last Saturday, when they held the lavish wedding party.

Rocha had been close to Ariel Cantero, leader of Los Monos, for some time. He had gained the trust of the drug boss, who looks suspiciously at anyone who approaches him. He did not finish sixth grade of the primary level, but he runs the illegal business in an oiled manner.

The closeness reached such a point that Cantero gave him one of his houses to live in, with all the comforts. That served Rocha as protection, something that many drug traffickers who lie down in Cantero seek. Many times that security fails, like the Saturday after the wedding party, where the family of the leader of Los Monos was.

Part of the narco cream, close to Guille Cantero, met in the Campo Ibarlucea country hall. There were people from the Peruvian Julio Rodríguez Granthon, a prisoner in Marcos Paz, and from Daniel Delgado, known as Teletubi, a hit man from Los Monos, sentenced to 33 years in prison for the triple crime of three social activists in 2012 and for plotting attacks against judges. . Many guests preferred not to give their real names, because being on a drug wedding list is a risk. The payroll contained many fancy names. Everyone enjoyed musician Sergio Torres, a famous dancer in Santa Fe who has been performing for the Cantero family for 15 years.

The one who did not hesitate to take photos and then delete them from social networks was the bride’s sister, Brenda Leguizamón. She posed in a yellow dress that revealed the tattoos that her body accumulated. La Diabla, as she calls herself in the trap environment, is also under the scrutiny of federal justice. She was one of those who managed, together with the members of the Los Monos band, the L-Gante recital at Newell’s stadium last year. Something similar happened with the ragpicker Zaramay, who showed an arsenal in January of last year together with Luciano Cantero, the nephew of the leader of Los Monos. This new generation is not adept at tropical music, like the older ones, but at trap.

Drug violence has escalated in recent weeks and has Rosario on edge
Drug violence has escalated in recent weeks and has Rosario on edgeMarcelo Way

Luciano Cantero, third generation narco, had already been in the crosshairs of Justice for some time. The alerts were turned on when Zaramay, whose name is Agustín García, recorded a video in Rosario at the beginning of last year in which he exhibited weapons of war of all kinds. The arsenal that the musician showed in the video belonged, according to judicial investigators, to Luciano Cantero.

The judicial investigators analyzed the images and confirmed that they were real weapons, they were not props, as the musician’s environment revealed when the scandal broke out in the media. Among those who appeared posing with the arsenal next to the musician was Luciano Cantero and other members of the band. On December 25, the youngest of the Canteros was filmed shooting a FAL on the roof of his house as a celebration. Two weeks ago he was arrested along with his mother Lorena Verdún with 25 pistols and “long” chargers that transform into machine guns. Those weapons had been exhibited in the video of the rag man.

Zaramay, who was detained for a few days in Rosario, signed a judicial agreement last March. The agreement with the Justice was cheaper than what he had to pay his lawyers, who previously defended Los Monos, such as Carlos Varela and Adrián Martínez. The musician escaped from being imprisoned and promised to publicly apologize to citizens through social networks and to buy and donate capital goods to the Civil Association Uniendo Caminos. They will be used to create a space for music workshops.

It is not the first time that members of the Los Monos band have been related to the artistic environment. Last October during the show that L-Gante gave in Rosario, the members of the criminal organization were present in the first rows of the Newell’s covered stadium. Then, the rag picker took photos with Máximo Cantero, known as the Old Man, Ariel’s father, alias Guille.

The historic head of the clan had been released a month and a half before the concert, favored by finishing primary school in the Piñero prison. The “old man”, who is 58 years old, currently manages the Mangrullo fishermen’s club, on the Saladillo stream, in the south of Rosario, and lives in the Vía Honda village protected by his little soldiers.

Last week, Jorgelina Selerpe, a 28-year-old woman who was the girlfriend of Alan Funes, a rising drug trafficker who ended up imprisoned in the Ezeiza federal prison, returned to prison. Through social networks, like Luciano Cantero, he showed his arsenal, including a machine gun. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. His brother Johnatan was murdered in February 2018 when he was leaving the Piñero prison in an Audi TT. Despite his young age, he was 21 years old, and having no formal income, he had bought a high-end car.

Chipi, like the llaman a Selerpe, is the third generation in drug trafficking. His grandfather Froilán and his father Jorge were pioneers in the installation of the first cocaine kitchens in Rosario. His uncle Domingo worked there and also Rosa, the mother of this young woman who grew up among the strong odors emanating from the drums of hydrochloric and sulfuric acids, ether and acetone, the chemical precursors used in that house to transform the base paste into cocaine. that came from Bolivia.

This new generation of young and violent narcos has a different matrix than its predecessors. They did not live in poverty, nor in marginalization. The generational inheritance is to continue being the baddest in the neighborhood. And above all, show that power with violence and luxury.


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