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The Sinaloa Cartel claims THEY handed over the killers of American surfer and his two Australian friends after their bodies were dumped in a well

  • Jack Carter Rhoad, Callum and Jake Robinson were murdered in Mexico
  • The Sinaloa Cartel led by the Arzate brothers said it helped track down alleged killers
  • Police said they identified suspects by tracking Rhoad’s phone



Members of the Sinaloa cartel have claimed they handed over the killers of an American surfer and his two Australian friends after their bodies were dumped in a well in Mexico.

American citizen Jack Carter Rhoad and brothers Callum and Jake Robinson were found murdered near the city of Ensenada on Monday.

The area is currently under the control of the brutal Sinaloa cartel, led by brothers René and Aquiles Arzate.

But a representative of the organization denied any link to the crime, saying they handed the perpetrators over to police after becoming fearful of “unwanted attention.”

However, Mexican authorities have since claimed that they have arrested three suspects after tracking the location of one of the victims’ phones.

Members of the Sinaloa cartel have claimed they handed over the killers of American surfer Jack Carter Rhoad and his two Australian friends after their bodies were dumped in a well in Mexico.
Australian brothers Jake, 30, (right) and Callum Robinson, 33, (center left; pictured with their parents) disappeared without a trace in Mexico’s Baja California region
Brothers Jesús Gerardo Garcia Cota and Cristian Alejandro García have now been arrested. It is unclear which brother is which in their mugshots
Ari Gisel García Cota, 23, is one of three suspects arrested. She is reportedly the partner of Jesús Gerardo Garcia Cota, who was also arrested

‘They were low-level robbers who acted alone. But we turned them over,” the Sinaloa member told the Daily Beast.

‘We heard that the police were looking for the gringos and we also started looking for those responsible. We have called the authorities to let them know where to find them.’

Baja California investigators said the trio was killed after their pickup truck was attacked by thieves.

“The tourists refused and tried to fight back, but the robbers were armed,” an investigator said.

“When the criminals took out their weapons, the three (tourists) tried to de-escalate things but it was too late, they hit all three and then shot them in the head.”

Police said they contacted U.S. authorities to obtain the victims’ cell phone numbers and were able to use them to track down Rhoad’s phone, which was in the possession of a woman, Ari Gisel García Cota.

Cota and her partner Jesús Gerardo Garcia Cota, alias El Kekas, have now been charged.

Cristian Alejandro García, Kekas’ brother, was also charged.

The area where the killings took place is currently under the control of the brutal Sinaloa cartel, led by Aquiles Arzate (pictured) and his brother
René Arzate (photo) helps run the cartel together with his brother
The suspects were arrested on Wednesday, May 1, during two police operations, during which Ms García Cota was allegedly in possession of the phones of one of the missing men and illegal drugs.
The style of the executions has raised fears locally over the possible involvement of drug cartels that are widespread in the region (photo: the trio’s vehicle was later found burnt out in the Santo Tomás area)

Mexican authorities said bandits attacked the three to steal the tires of their truck before killing them all and dumping their bodies in a disused pit.

According to Zeta, all three suspects were in possession of an assortment of methamphetamines and other illegal drugs at the time of their arrest.

The three tourists had only been on holiday for a few days when they disappeared on April 27.

The brothers’ mother made a desperate plea on social media after the group didn’t show up at an Airbnb they booked in Rosarito.

Their remains were found in a pit more than 50 feet deep next to a cliff at Punta San José in Santo Tomás, Ensenada municipality, near a remote surfing spot known as Lighthouse, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

It took rescuers about twenty hours to remove the bodies from the well.

Before the discovery of the bodies, local police suspected foul play when Jack Rhoad’s burned-out truck was found, as well as an abandoned campsite with traces of blood and “teeth parts.”

The San Diego recruiter was due to marry his fiancée Natalie Wiertz this summer – and had been on the Pacific coast road trip with Australian brothers Callum and Jake Robinson before his big day.