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How a Cartel Enforcer Thrived In Lockup

Mexican Mafia member Jose "Bat" Marquez continued trafficking methamphetamine, after his extradition and imprisonment, from a prison cell.

November 23, 2011  |  by Richard Valdemar - Also by this author

In January of 1995, Roy Boy Rivas returned to Pelican Bay. Bat's old crime partner and Mexican Mafia brother, Roy Boy, would eventually fall out of grace with his Eme carnals and find himself on the "green light" hit list.

In April of 1995, Bat Marquez received a 32-month sentence for possessing a firearm as a felon. One year later, Bat Marquez and Ruben "Droopy" Davis conspired to murder fellow mafia members Roy Boy Rivas and Donald "Little Man" Ortiz in prison. Rivas and Droopy Davis both dropped out of the Mexican Mafia and debriefed at Pelican Bay before Roy Boy and Little Man could be killed.

In June of 1997, Bat Marquez was again paroled. A surveillance team was assembled to follow Marquez after his release from prison. The team followed him and his vehicle into the San Diego area and then watched him run across the border into Tijuana! Bat Marquez joined Popeye Barron in Mexico. The two acted as enforcers for the Tijuana Cartel and provided security for the Arellano-Felix family.

In November of 1997, Bat Marquez was part of a hit team that murdered two Mexican police officers in front of the Tijuana courthouse. In an article in the Zeta newspaper, the courageous editor Jesus Blancornelas named Barron and Marquez as the shooters. As a result, Blancornelas was ambushed in his vehicle by Popeye Barron's hit team on Nov. 27, 1997. Blancornelas was badly wounded. His bodyguard was killed. A ricocheting round struck Popeye Barron in the head, killing him.

Although Bat Marquez continued to work for the Arellano-Felix Cartel, he was not considered as valuable an asset as Barron. Bat was a heavy methamphetamine user, and he was a wanted man on both sides of the border. Bat did not enjoy the loyalty of the Arellano-Felix family, and Bat's continued use of speed and alcohol made him reckless and unreliable.

On the U.S. side of the border, Chris Blatchford—a Los Angeles Channel 11 Fox news investigative reporter, had done several news stories about the Mexican Mafia, Popeye, and Bat. These stories exposed the RICO trial videos of Mexican Mafia members, who were recorded at meetings voicing plans to take over the Arellano-Felix cartel.

The Mexican Mafia sent gang member Richard "Cheeks" Buchanan to join Bat's crew in Tijuana in early 1998. Some of the gang members on Bat's crew in Mexico included Enrique "Taz" Loaiza, Alex "Clyde" Gomez, Emiliano "Milo" Villa Rodriguez, Hector "Lonely" Lara, Jose "Night Owl" Felix Pardo, Jorge "Crow" Orozco, Isaias "Sleepy" Rivas, Robert Sandoval, and Elizabeth "Osita" (little bear) Rojas.

Actually several San Diego crews operated on both sides of the border at this time. Teams led by Mexican Mafia members Barron, Robert "Tawa" Romero, Frank "Chino" Madriaga, and Salvador "Sal" Colabella all acted as enforcers for the Arellano-Felix family and the Tijuana Cartel.

In June of 1998, "Bulldog" from Chino Madriaga's crew helped move Bat out of the Arellano's Tijuana safe house to another house in La Gloria District. In August, Bat was arrested in Puerto Nuevo for the theft of a flower pot and jailed. The following November, Mexican authorities indicted Bat for murder and attempted murder.

A year later, Bat Marquez is out of custody and a suspect in the murder of Abel "Sonny" Chavez and his girlfriend in Tecate, Mexico. By this time, Marquez is no longer working directly with the Arellano-Felix brothers. He's now working for a lesser member of the cartel, Gustavo Rivera.

In October of 1999, Bat holds a meeting in the Logan Heights gang area of San Diego, even though he's a wanted fugitive listed on the BOLO board of every cop in San Diego. He continues to cross the border unmolested.

In March of 2000, a San Diego detective obtains Bat's telephone numbers from Elizabeth "Osita" Rojas. These numbers would prove to be invaluable in the investigation and helped to track him and bring Bat to justice.

In May of 2002, U.S. authorities indict Bat Marquez and his boss, Gustavo Rivera. Mexican authorities arrest Marquez in November of 2003.

After several years in custody in Mexico and much diplomatic haggling between Mexican and U.S. justice officials, Marquez was extradited from Mexico into the custody of the U.S. Marshals in January of 2007.

Following his life sentence, Marquez was imprisoned in ADX Florence Colorado—the most secure federal prison in the U.S. His confinement in the SHU with his Mexican Mafia brothers ensures that Bat Marquez will continue to be involved with drug running and murder. Only death can stop the Bat's blood lust.

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Comments (4)

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Morning Eagle @ 11/30/2011 2:23 AM

This revolving door "justice" is ridiculous, disgusting, and a huge cost to taxpayers. This guy is only one example so it is no wonder CA and our prison facilities are over run by these sub human pieces of s**t. People like this should be sentenced to death and promptly executed.

robert @ 2/14/2012 11:15 AM

Viva La Mano Negra! La -M-

maia @ 7/21/2014 7:59 AM

If i was you id tather keep comments to my self this people. Are all about respect and when you forget its homework for youbuddy never judge a book by its cover read stories with concrntration an there you learn that is only a book. Someone else is writing not him personaly eye

Un known @ 12/4/2016 8:07 PM

I am very familiar with these guys! I was incarcerated with both of them and many many others.
First I'd like to point out that they are not locked up in ADX Florence Co.
They are walking the main line in general population in maximum security federal prisons. I was with them for ten years. They move freely and still maintain the power and conduct businesses as usual.
They have and continue to recruit and make others members of the mafia.

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