May 17, 2020 – Mexican drug cartel hit man Jose Rodrigo (El Chino Antrax) Gamboa, 39, was released from a U.S. Federal Penitentiary on parole in early March and has disappeared. Authorities speculate he is either dead or has fled back to Mexico. Gamboa’s sister was found slain in Mexico over the weekend. 

Before his arrest in 2013, Gamboa ran an enforcement wing of the mammoth Sinaloa Cartel known as the “Anthrax Squad.” He had undergone plastic surgery in an effort to avoid detection when he was on the run. His parole officer reported him missing back on Wednesday. The nickname he carries on the street translates to “Chinese Anthrax.”

Apprehended in Holland, El Chino Antrax was extradited back to the U.S. to face federal narcotics trafficking charges out of San Diego. Pleading guilty in 2015 and agreeing to pay a $1,000,000 fine, he received a 7-year prison term and walked free on March 3.

The Sinaloa Cartel is the biggest drug organization in the world and based out of Mexico’s Sinaloa region. Sixty-three year old cartel tycoon Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, the face of the cocaine trade in the 21st Century around the globe, is doing a life prison term in the U.S. Supermax facility in Florence, Colorado. Trusted Guzman loyalist, Ismael (El Mayo) Zambada Garcia took over the cartel when El Chapo was finally taken into custody in January 2016.

El Chino Antrax Gamboa began his career in the cartel acting as a bodyguard for El Mayo’s son, Vincente. According to DEA records, Gamboa founded the “Los Antrax” crew in 2008 to act as a personal security and hit team for El Mayo Zambada. Los Antrax is credited for dozens of murders.

At his height of his Los Antrax power in the first half of the 2010s, Gamboa became a social media star, generating droves of follows and likes by showing off his decadent lifestyle while obscuring his face in the posted images. One image showed a gold-plated, diamond-encrusted AK-47 and another him partying with New York socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton.  

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