sábado, 13 de octubre de 2012

Cartel operatives arrested, killed in Mexico

Soldiers arrested on 10 October Mauricio Ramírez Tamez, presumed head of the Gulf Cartel in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí and suspected of having had killed 14 members of the rival Zetas cartel last August,  EFE reported on 12 October. Ramírez - El Diamante - was tasked from 2010 with fighting The Zetas and driving them out of the San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas states, after The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel split that year. He was arrested in the northern city of Reynosa. Mexican troops separately shot dead on 13 October a suspect presented as a key member of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico's leading drug gang. Manuel Torres Felix - El M1 - died in a shootout between gunmen and troops on a road in the district of Quilá in the north-western state of Sinaloa, EFE reported, citing information given by the Sinaloa chief prosecutor's office.

Policemen killed, missing in Mexico

Gunmen fired on a police patrol late on 12 October, killing a policeman and injuring another in the northern city of Torreón, while two suspected criminals and a policeman were killed in a shootout in Los Mochis in the north-western state of Sinaloa, Proceso reported. Six policemen were reported missing on 12 October in Saltillo in the northern state of Coahuila, amid suspicions they may have been kidnapped. Their wives initially reported their absence; local authorities later confirmed they had not gone to work without stating why, Proceso reported. Authorities also arrested on 12 October six members of the gang Caballeros Templarios, suspected of forming an "operational" cell in Celaya and Apaseo el Alto in the central state of Guanajuato, the state's chief prosecutor Carlos Zamarripa Aguirre stated. The detained, including a local police official, were suspected of involvement in extortion, drug trafficking and perhaps murders, Proceso reported. Authorities confiscated 25 cars thought to belong to the group.