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Mexican Marines nab drug cartel supreme during operation in Southern Mexico

February 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Marines nab drug cartel supreme during operation in Southern Mexico

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The Secretary of Mexico’s Navy has confirmed the capture of Ignacio Andrade Renteria, alias “El Cenizo”, head of the Knights Templar, on the border with the state of Michoacan and Guerrero on Saturday.

The arrest was made after an operation which members of a Navy Infantry unit managed to cordon off the perimeter of a mountain range to confront the criminal cell hiding in the area.

After an intense gun battle, the Marines captured 24 high-level cartel operatives, among those arrested, were Andrade Renteria and his security chief named Pedro Arzate Valencia.

There are reports of an unspecified amount of casualties, but Government officials said they were disseminating information gathered from the raid.

According to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), El Cenizo is the man responsible for December’s execution-murder of Carlos Rosales Mendoza, one of the most violent and feared cartel leaders in Mexico.

Rosales-Mendoza was the presumptive founder of La Familia Michoacana and an ex-operator for the Gulf Cartel. Officials say he was assassinated because he sought to take over leadership of the cartel in the state.

His body was discovered along with three others near a toll booth in the city of Morelia.

“El Cenzio’s” capture by Marines comes on the heels of last month’s arrest of Joaquin Guzman Loera alias El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, after a pre-dawn raid in the town of Los Mochis.

The Mexican Marines are viewed by the U.S. law enforcement as the most reliable allies within the government of Mexico in the war against the cartels and who are the least corruptible.

Officials on both sides of the border attribute the majority of the Mexican government’s successes to the operations led by Marines, who have either killed or captured many of the top-ranked organized crime figures in the country.

Zetas leader Mexican Marines killed Heriberto Lazcano during a 2012 gun battle. and captured both his successors Miguel and Omar Trevino

Mexican Marines killed Los Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano during a 2012 gun battle. and captured both his successors Miguel Trevino in 2013, (right) and his brother Omar Trevino, (center) in 2015

Organized crime leaders, who either were arrested or killed by the Navy include “Chapo Guzman,” Heriberto Lazcano (Los Zetas), who was killed in a firefight in 2012 along with the arrests of his successors Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (Z40) and his brother Omar Trevino Morales (Z42).

Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo (Los Zetas) arrested by Mexican marines. He is a suspect in a number of massacres and the killing of U.S. citizen David Hartley in 2010 on Falcon Lake.

Arturo Beltran-Leyva, who died in an armed confrontation in 2009 and the arrest of his brothers Alfredo in 2009 and Hector 2014.

Top Gulf Cartel capo Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss,” captured by Mexican Marines in Sept. 2012. U.S. authorities had offered a $5 million reward for his arrest and Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the top leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, killed during a raid by Marines on a house in the town of Zapopan.

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