lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2012

Troops capture Gulf Cartel deputy

The army announced the capture in northern Mexico on 21 September of three suspected gangsters including one identified as Adrián González Martínez - El Comandante Niño - a deputy-head of the Gulf Cartel, La Crónica de Hoy reported on 24 September. The cartel suffered earlier this month the arrests of its main leaders. The suspect was caught in the district of Río Bravo in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas. He was described as the cartel chief for the districts of Control, Empalme and Progreso near the US frontier, and answerable to the cartel's acting chief Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño - El X20. Troops confiscated items including handguns and rifles, ammunition, computers and two cars, one of them bullet-proof.

Policemen killed fighting Mexican gang

Two members of the anti-kidnapping police and three suspected gangsters were killed on the night of 22-23 September as police took by assault a criminal safe house in Ciudad Camargo in the northern state of Chihuahua, El Universal reported on 23 September. Police besieged and attacked a building they believed held a kidnapped victim threatened with death; it was not immediately clear if the victim was found or rescued. Three suspects were detained after the assault, which provoked an eight-hour gun battle; police and troops used armoured cars to break into the building. The kidnapping gang was believed to operate in the northern states of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Durango. Also on 23 September, police arrested nine men and women found with items including assault rifles, ammunition and suspected bags of marijuana, in the western port of Acapulco, El Universal reported. On 22 September, marines and state police arrested 35 police and security officials of the state of Veracruz, for suspected collusion with the drug cartel The Zetas, La Crónica de Hoy reported on 24 September. The detained - named by the newspaper - were identified as members of the Veracruz Public Security authority; they were detained in San Luis Potosí and Xalapa, north and east of Mexico City.