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Regional boss of the Pacific Cartel arrested in Mexico

September 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Regional boss of the Pacific Cartel arrested in Mexico

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Law enforcement officials in Mexico announced the capture of a leading figure of the Pacific Cartel, otherwise known as the Sinaloa Cartel, identified as one of the most wanted men by the Mexican government, during a federal police operation on Tuesday.

National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales Heredia, said in a statement that Dilver Fidel Soto Alvarenga, otherwise known as “El Gallero,” who authorities have identified as the regional head of the Pacific Cartel in the southeastern part of the country, was arrested by federal forces in Quintana Roo.

According to El Universal, 31-year old Soto Alvarenga, who is one of the 122 top priority objectives sought by the federal government, stands accused of organized crime, drug trafficking, and money laundering offenses.

“The detainee is believed to have overseen drug trafficking activities and established his headquarters in the town of Second Lieutenant Lopez, in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco, located in the State of Quintana Roo,” he said.

Sales Heredia said the alleged drug trafficker, originally from Chetumal, which is where he was captured, maintains links with criminal organizations from Belize and also smuggles various items such as cigarettes, liquor, firearms and drugs.

Soto Alvarenga was captured while riding aboard a vehicle in the company of a Belize national identified as Alexander Acosta Shamil, 24, who acted as his driver and bodyguard. Authorities seized 7.8 kilograms of cocaine, and several weapons during the operation.

“The arrest was achieved thanks to the research of Federal Police, in coordination with the SEIDO, enabling meet its recurrent routes, vehicles used and hours of operation and more frequent movement,” he stated.

According to the Commissioner, Soto Alvarenga collected taxes from smugglers who didn’t belong to the Sinaloa Cartel’s network in exchange for enabling them to operate in the area and receive illegal shipments.

“The subject is also the target of an investigation for money laundering activities, including washing illegal proceeds through companies in the livestock industry and owns several properties in the state of Quintana Roo,” Sales Heredia said.

The official added, “He is also related to a preliminary investigation for crimes against health (drug trafficking) by the Deputy Attorney Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) of the PGR.”

Authorities previously arrested Soto Alvarenga in July 2012 for threatening the Director of the Judicial Police of Quintana Roo but didn’t elaborate when or why he was released.

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