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The Madrazo Cartel, also known as the Madrazo Crime Family [2] or simply called The Cartel, is a Mexican-American drug cartel that appears in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Led by Mexican Martin Madrazo and his family, the gang muscle is mainly made up of young Hispanic men of Guatemalan origin[3]. Gang muscle are seen wearing distinctive Flying Bravo polo shirts of varying colors and designs, usually with numbers on the sleeves. Internal character models are named "Pologoon" reflecting their common wardrobe. Higher up members of the gang do not wear these shirts and sometimes use the same models as the Vagos and the Armenian Mob. Like the Aztecas, many of the cartel members re-use the Vagos members dialogue.

The cartel members at La Fuente Blanca will not be immediately hostile to the player unless the player stays in their vicinity too long. Verbal warnings will be given before any aggressive response is encountered.


Events in GTA Online

Mr. Madrazo... Mr. Madrazo is a legitimate businessman. He was wrongfully accused of... running a Mexican-American gang and a narcotic ring, but the charges were dropped because of the witnesses came up... missing.
Franklin Clinton to Michael De Santa in Marriage Counseling explaining some of the events of GTA Online.

The protagonist is hired by Martin Madrazo to perform several jobs. Most of these revolve around legal trouble that Martin and the cartel are facing, including eliminating an attorney, a witness, a judge, an informant and eight jurors. Other jobs involve rescuing two cartel members; his Chief Lieutenant, Juan, who is under attack from Ballas in Burton and his cousin, who is surrounded by law enforcement in Paleto Bay. After reaching El Estupido, cartel members are given a green light to eliminate him on the assumption he has been compromised by law enforcement and the player may be required to fight the cartel hit squads.

Even thought The Cartel is allied with the online player, they can also be one of the gangs who the players target to steal raw materials for their business in the Bikers, Gunrunning and Smuggler's Run resupply missions. They can also appear in the Nightclub promotion missions, added with the Arena War update, where they chase the player once stolen supplies are retaken from the Vagos.

Events in GTA V

You! You're a dead man! Green light! Green light! Martin Madrazo give you green light!
Natalia Zverovna to Michael De Santa, setting the cartel on his tail.

Their first appearance as a gang is during Marriage Counseling, one of Michael De Santa's missions, where they attempt to kill Michael after he pulled down the deck of a property which Martin Madrazo had an interest in. The hitmen chase Michael and Franklin Clinton to Michael's Rockford Hills mansion. The gang's leader, Martin, appears and after Franklin informs Michael of Madrazo's background, referencing the earlier legal troubles of GTA Online, Martin beats Michael down with a baseball bat and tells him that he owes him $2.5 million for the destroyed house. After Michael returns to the criminal life to pay his debt off, Martin contacts Michael asking him for a favor, to kill Martin's cousin Javier Madrazo after he had been planning to testify against the gang. After Michael shoots down the plane that was carrying Javier and Trevor Philips manages to kill Javier as well as collect the evidence, Martin refuses to pay the two for the work. Because of this, Trevor bites off Martin's ear, kidnaps his wife Patricia Madrazo and steals his car. Because of this, Martin orders the gang to attack both Michael and Trevor if they enter La Fuente Blanca or Los Santos city limits in endless waves until they exit the ranch or city. The Madrazo Cartel are again reconciled when Michael sends him an Aztec fertility idol that he stole from a train and Trevor tearfully returns Martin's wife to him at the end of Monkey Business.

Events of GTA Online: The Diamond Casino & Resort

The Cartel reappear in the The Diamond Casino & Resort update, where they fight against the players in certain missions for the casino given by Agatha Baker.

Events of GTA Online: The Cayo Perico Heist

As of 2020, the Madrazo family is having some disagreements with the Colombian narco-trafficker Juan Strickler, better known as "El Rubio", one of their main suppliers, who has managed to get hold of "decades' worth of intel" on his family and is threatening to leak it to the DEA unless they agree to renegotiate their prices. Miguel Madrazo, the son of Martin Madrazo and heir to their family's empire, contacts the protagonist on the recommendation of his father, and asks them to meet him at The Music Locker in East Vinewood, where he hires the protagonist and Pavel to raid Strickler's compound in the island of Cayo Perico off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and bring back the files. Miguel also states that he refuses to allow this to bring down his family and make him look weak in front of Martin.

Once the heist was carried out, Miguel congratulates the protagonist on a job well done and makes a phone call to inform his father that the evidence's been dealt with. Much to his horror however, Miguel discovers that the evidence hidden on the island also included salacious photos of his mother and Trevor Philips, and immediately burns them along with the other files.


La Fuente Blanca, a ranch owned by Martin Madrazo, serves as the Madrazo Cartel's main area of operation. Cartel members can be seen standing guard or patrolling the ranch. Martin also owns a house in Vinewood Hills, which appears in many online missions and a rural lock-up north of La Fuente Blanca.

Members and Associates



Mission Appareance

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



Smuggler's Run

After Hours

The Diamond Casino & Resort

The Cayo Perico Heist



  1. If you are bound to meet anyone in The Music Locker’s uber-exclusive VIP section, it is Miguel Madrazo, club-rat son of Martin and Patricia and heir to the family’s empire. As he is prone to telling anyone within shouting distance, Miguel would do anything to defend the family’s “brand.”
    "Out Now: The Cayo Perico Heist" - Rockstar Newswire
  2. "Out Now: The Cayo Perico Heist" - Rockstar Newswire
  3. Dialog has members referring to each other using the slang word "Chapine" which is slang for a person from Guatemala. They can also be heard saying "Viva Guatemala". Slang also references the gang as being called the "Guatemaltecos"