“La Estrella”: The Sicaria Of The Jalisco New Generation Cartel That Specialized In The Bloodiest Revenges

Women are becoming increasingly popular in the world of drug trafficking. Many of them have been known to be cruelly bloodthirsty, as is the case with Rosalina Carrillo Ochoa.


Known as "The Star", was a hitman of the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG) that headed a cell in the Valles region, in Jalisco.

He was famous for his bloodthirsty actions and for not tempting his heart at the time of revenge, in addition to being linked to the Homicide of the Director of Public Security of San Martín Hidalgo, Casimiro Zárate Guerrero, occurred on October 30, 2012.

She was arrested the next day, on November 1, 2012 and designated as the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in the Valle region.

The woman, at the time of 42 years of age, was also charged with the crimes of possession of cartridges and carrying of firearms without a license and for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces, as well as for crimes against health, in its modality Possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride and cocaine hydrochloride for commercial purposes.

In 2018 he received a sentence of 15 years in prison and to pay a fine of 15,715 pesos with 28 cents.

His arrest, carried out by the Jalisco State Police in the administration of former PAN Governor, Emilio González Márquez, He strongly drew attention to being one of the few women who have been identified with leadership roles within the structure of the CJNG.

Along with "The Star", he was also arrested Victoriano Torres, who was his bodyguard. He was convicted of the same crimes as that but only received a sentence of nine years six months in prison and a fine of eight thousand 862 pesos.

Increasingly frequent, the presence of women in organized crime

Rosalina's case happened in 2012, but in recent times the presence of women in the world of drug trafficking has intensified, who participate actively within the structures of the different cartels throughout the Mexican territory, either as collaborating in kidnappings, or as sicarias. Very few manage to climb to high positions in criminal organizations.

The recruitment of underage women by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, led by Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho”, was checked last August, when in the state of Guanajuato they arrested a cell of the criminal group. Among the 16 detainees were three young women between 18 and 20 years old.

Although they are of legal age, they are presumed to be integrated into the criminal group for years, that is, when they were still teenagers.

The cartels recruit minors to take advantage of a section of the law stating that no one is legally responsible before their 14th birthday and after 18 they receive minimum sentences.

That is why criminal organizations recruit children between 7 and 9 years to start them, with the intention that around 16 can already work as hit men.

In the case of women, in many cases they are torn from their families either to integrate them into the ranks of the organization or for sex trafficking. Data from various organizations indicate that in the areas occupied by organized crime, the rates of crimes committed against women such as homicide, extortion, intimidation, sexual violence and kidnapping are higher.

An analysis of the Network for Children's Rights in Mexico (REDIM) On violence against minors in the country, he compared the numbers of teenage girls and women victims in the first quarters of the most violent years, 2018, 2019 and 2015, which resulted in 54, 51 and 47 girls and young women murdered, respectively.

With the recruitment of girls and young people, the CJNG follows the patterns established by other criminal groups such as La Línea, in Chihuahua and the Northeast Cartel, who already have cells made up solely of women.

The Line began recruiting and training dozens of “young and beautiful” women as syicariasrevealed Rogelio Amaya, one of the gunmen of the organization after his capture.

"They are beautiful, good-looking teenagers, to deceive opponents more”, He declared before Mexican authorities in 2010 and added that the majority were between 18 and 20 years old, the oldest barely reached 30.

The women had already joined the "commandos" of the criminal group fighting against hit men from the Sinaloa Cartel to maintain control of Ciudad Juárez. Although they are always accompanied by a man, their work is similar and they do it with the same effectiveness as their peers.

"They go in cars and carry long or short weapons. They are accompanied by men, they get off to do the job”, Said the hitman.

Another cartel gunman arrested that same year, Rosalío María Martínez, confessed the existence of exclusive commands of women that they had different tasks that ranged from drug trafficking to killing their rivals.

The most notorious example of sicarial girls is Joselyn Alejandra Niño, one of the members of the Las Flacas Cartel, who in 2015 showed one of the worst faces of drug trafficking, after being executed and dismembered.

The body of "La Flaca", as it was also known, was found cut into small pieces inside an abandoned cooler on the border bridge between Matamoros, Tamaulipas in Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, United States. There was also another woman dismembered and a beheaded man there.

"Las Flacas" were a cartel of young sycaria, physically very similar, which operated independently and that work for different criminal organizations to kill rivals. They operated mainly in the northern part of Mexico in states such as Baja California, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas.

They were known for being young, thin, wearing bulletproof vests, gold chains hanging over their neck, hair combed back and sunglasses on their heads.

Their almost childish appearance and youth helped them to go unnoticed among their victims for those who seemed helpless.