Mexican soldiers arrested five alleged members of Los Zetas criminal organization, one of which is responsible for paying the payroll of the drug gang in twenty cities in the state of Nuevo Leon, informed the Secretary of the Navy (Semar)
The arrest took place thanks to an anonymous tip that warned of “suspicious movements of armed people” in the neighborhood Hacienda Las Palmas, in the municipality of Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, said in a statement.
Semar Soldiers went to the place where they saw two vehicles parked in front of a home and from one of them down a gunman who tried to hide in the house to see the military.
Military forces chased the suspect and obtained the arrest of Juan Carlos Morales Magallanes, aka “Charly”, Viridiana Santos Karla Sea, “The Raccoon” and three “assistant accountants” identified as Maribel Parra Monica Mendoza, alias “Andrea”; Jose Refugio Lopez Reyna, “Purple”, and Luis Enrique de la Garza Lopez, “Branches”, 22.
According to Semar, Morales Magallanes, 26, is an accountant who “had charge of the preparation and payroll of the criminal structure mainly in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon, one of the country’s major cities .
Military intelligence believes that “Charly” was responsible for the payroll in the municipalities of Cienega de Flores, China, Santiago, Monterrey, Villa Garcia, General Escobedo, Allende, Marin, Apodaca, Montemorelos, among others.
Meanwhile, Santos said Semar Mar, 28, was allegedly in charge of renting properties to the criminal group, purchase vehicles, pay for services and assist in accounting for payrolls in Nuevo Leon.
In the operation the soldiers confiscated a handgun and two long, three fragmentation grenades, nine magazines, 249 cartridges of different calibers, a silencer tube, 249 doses of cocaine, two vehicles, 2.06 million pesos ($ 152,600) and $ 2,000 in cash.
All detainees were turned over to federal prosecutors.