viernes, 1 de noviembre de 2013

Mexican authorities detain cartel members, kidnapping gang

Mexican special forces detained on 30 October 16 suspected members of the Gulf Cartel in north-eastern Mexico including a 27-year-old identified as the cartel's "head of operations" in an unspecified area outside the district of Coahuila, the review Proceso reported on 30 October. The suspects or some of them were arrested as they drove in two cars in Coahuila. The local cartel chief confessed to killing three people including a policeman the day before whose body was one of two found hanging from a bridge in the city of Saltillo. Assault weapons and ammunition were confiscated. Five people were reported shot or found dead in Coahuila on 31 October, including three gunmen shot by police and an 18-year-old girl found legless at the back of a car, Proceso reported. On 29 October police arrested outside the Caribbean resort of Cancún a 25-year-old identified as head of the Gulf Cartel for the state of Quintana Roo where the resort is. The Quintana Roo judiciary was to charge the detainee with no less than 15 homicides, Proceso reported on 30 October. Police separately detained 12 suspected kidnappers in two different incidents on 31 October in the south-central state of Morelos, freeing six individuals in the process. The suspects were detained in the districts of Temixco and Jiutepec where five of the victims including two children or teenagers were held on an estate.

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