Grupo Escorpion is the name of an important CDG operative group which was founded by Antonio Cárdenas Guillén, aka Tony Tormenta in 2002 during the reign of then-head of the CDG, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. Antonio's brother.
Los Escorpiones origins have a similar story to that of Los Zetas, the private army founded by Osiel in 1999. They were pioneers among a more militaristic direction taken by Mexican crime syndicates in the early 2000's which began to see offensive strength as the surest means of expansion and organizational longevity.
It is claimed the formation of Grupo Escorpion was not sanctioned by Osiel, who presumably sought Los Zetas to be the only private Cártel militia operating for the CDG at the time so as to retain an unopposed grip on power, due in part to his own growing paranoia. However, the formation and utilization of this group continued unabated despite a lack of Osiel's blessings.
In this respect they served a similar function to Los Z as an enforcer unit under Tony Tormenta's orders. Responsible for conducting extortion, contract killing, coordinated abductions, hit and run ambushes on rivals and state actors alike, and many other military styled and executed missions.
Los Escorpiones were pivotal in helping Tony Tormenta to evade capture by Mexican authorities from their time of conception up until his very last hours. Engaging in a series of shootouts with the military on several occasions throughout the years in a bid to allow TT to escape prosecution.
Ultimately, in November 2010 Tony Tormenta's luck ran out, and he was killed after an eight hour shootout with Mexican Marines in which it is claimed over six hundred military personnel participated. Indeed, the size and duration of the operation surely serves to give one perspective on the might of an organization such as Grupo Escorpion and others like it.
One can assume this organization maintains a similar level of strength even today, some eight years later. While administration after administration has put increasing pressure on criminal groups countrywide and arrests abound, it is important to remember limited opportunities leave many youth no other option but to join organizations such as Los Escorpiones.
And perhaps similarly as with their rivals in Los Zetas, Grupo Escorpion has been forced to hire more than just ex-police officers and military personnel. Instead having to also take their pick of the civilians and young men with little if any military or combat training.
Regardless of whatever educated guesses or speculations we might have on this matter, many recent videos posted about incursions by Los Escorpiones as of late into Reynosa, Tamaulipas show sicarios donning full military dress. Bullet proof vests, helmets, combat webbing and even camo fatigues and combat boots.
If one didn't know any better you might mistake them for military personnel, and what's perhaps scarier is that some of them might be active military or police personnel moonlighting as criminal gunmen.
Grupo Escorpion always was and remains after all, an important operative group of Cárdenas aligned CDG factions; like those centered in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. There's little sign of this changing as well as alliances between Grupo Escorpion and Los Ciclones grow to encompass other CDG factions. Or as they begin to flex their muscles and make greater offensive moves as we have recently seen in early 2018 with the organization entering Reynosa in great columns of bullet proof SUV's and trucks laden with gunmen and vehicle mounted machine guns.