Mexico. – The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) presented on Monday at Valencia Erick Salazar, alias “85”, the alleged leader of the New Generation Jalisco cartel who was arrested on 9 March. At the headquarters of the Office of Special Investigations into Organized Crime (OFDI), were also presented his alleged lieutenants Otoniel Mendoza, aka “Tony Montana” and Jose Luis Salazar Gutiérrez, “the Chelis” who ran with Valencia Salazar drug trafficking the so-called Pacific corridor.
The arrest of Erick Valencia occurred in Zapopan, Jalisco, caused several clashes in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, made by those who were also detained about 12 people.
At a press conference, the director of Social Communication of the Department of Defense, Ricardo Trevilla, announced that a federal judge asked the Specialized criminal searches, rootedness and Intervention of Communications, the roots of “85” and two of his accomplices.
The injunction, the official said, was requested to continue the respective investigations and expects the Federal Public Ministry consign them to a federal judge for various crimes.
The PGR is investigating all three subjects by organized crime, firearms collection exclusive use of the Army, Navy and Air Force and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the armed forces.
Ricardo Trevilla reported that Erick Valencia is identified as the leader of the criminal group known as “Los Zetas Kill,” which allegedly executed 35 people in Veracruz in September 2011.
He said the alleged offender became the successor of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel and from July 2010 was devoted to consolidating the New Generation Jalisco cartel.
One of the main missions of this group was the control of drug trafficking in Jalisco, from South America across the Pacific route, while the port of Manzanillo, Colima, was one of its strategic points, for coordinating the distribution of cocaine from Colombia and ephedrine from China, the official said.
The group led by Salazar Valencia, said, he struggled to maintain leadership with the organization known as “The Resistance”, for which at first formed an alliance with “Los Zetas”.
He stressed that under his command and in the context of this struggle, the New Generation Jalisco cartel expanded to Michoacán, Morelos, Guerrero and Veracruz.
At the conference, various weapons were also secured to the suspects, including 19 rifles AR-15 with grenade launcher attachment, six handguns, two machine guns, two rifles Barret, three fragmentation grenades, 119 porters and 69 000 Cartridges different cartridges.
Also seized were three silencers, communication equipment, clothing, various documentation and two vehicles.
The Department of Defense spokesman said that at the time of his arrest, the three suspects resisted, so the military repelled the attack.
In the confrontation, Valencia Salazar was wounded in his right hand due to the detonation of a grenade he tried to pitch against the military, while Othniel Mendoza hit by shrapnel in various parts of the body.
The detainees were taken to hospital facilities for medical care, in full respect of human rights, said a spokesman for the Department
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