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Authorities in Mexico arrest leader of cartel hit team in Acapulco

May 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in Mexico arrest leader of cartel hit team in Acapulco

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The Federal Police in Mexico arrested a notorious leader of a cartel assassin team operating in the strife-ridden city of Acapulco.

In a statement released Sunday, Federal Police officials announced the arrest of Francisco Torres Lucas “El Flakiman,” chief of assassins for the Independent Cartel of Acapulco; a splinter group made up of former members of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO).

Authorities nabbed Lucas during an operation in the Gendarmerie Division in Acapulco’s Renaissance colony. Officials said the hit man was responsible for coordinating a cell allegedly responsible for countless murders, Proceso Magazine reported.

According to the statement, agents also arrested three other suspects, identified as members of the cartel, who oversee the distribution of drugs, in addition to carrying out extortions and kidnappings perpetrated against business owners throughout the city.

Federal agents found a handgun 9mm, a catered charger, 17 small plastic bags, each with one gram of crack cocaine, 20 bundles of marijuana, two telephone handsets and three poster boards pointing to acts of violence that have been committed as a warning to rival cartel members.

Mexican officials have attributed much of the violence in the city to an ongoing turf war between the Independent Cartel of Acapulco and the Beltran Leyva Organization.

As JammedUp reported, last month Acapulco transformed into a war zone when BLO gunmen launched coordinated simultaneous attacks on local and federal police headquarters hours after the arrest of Freddy Berdel Del Valle, a top cartel plaza boss blamed for a recent wave of violence in the city.

In 2016, Acapulco has seen the homicide rate surge compared to the prior year. The deteriorating security conditions in the city prompted the U.S. State Dept. to issue a travel alert in early April warning American citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Acapulco and throughout the state of Guerrero, considered to be Mexico’s most violent state.

 

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