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Police in Mexico arrest two sisters linked to the Zetas cartel

September 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police in Mexico arrest two sisters linked to the Zetas cartel

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Authorities in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, have detained two sisters linked to a notoriously violent cartel faction of the Zetas cartel on Wednesday, law enforcement officials announced.

Elements of the State Investigation Agency (AEI) said agents arrested the two women on charges of extortion in connection with the shakedown of a local business near Monterrey.

Police officials said the sisters detained in the operation, identified as 34-year-old Aleyda Saldaña Angeles Olvera and 29-year-old Roxana Saldaña Angeles Olvera, are known members of a Zetas cartel faction called the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

State authorities told Proceso that police arrested the two female suspects while they were in the midst of collecting extortion payments from local businesses in the municipalities of Mina, El Carmen, and Hidalgo, where both women reside.

Officials said an investigation was initiated after authorities received a complaint from the owner of a restaurant located in the municipality of Hidalgo, 40 kilometers north of the capital. The owner of the restaurant accused Olvera Saldana, along with two men, of demanding a shakedown payment of 4,000 pesos.

The business owner said the three strangers announced they were “members of that criminal organization and threatened to harm his family if he refused to pay the 4,000 pesos,” Proceso reported.

Law enforcement officials said after the man paid only a thousand pesos to the extortionists, the three suspects warned they would return later for the rest, which prompted the restaurateur to alert state authorities. Agents began the investigation, which led to the location of the suspects’ vehicle in the center of Hidalgo.

Officers only discovered the sisters inside who had the thousand pesos they had obtained illegally. Officials said the remaining suspects are still at large.

A judge recently found sufficient evidence to issue an arrest warrant for the two sisters after linking the two women to other cases of blackmail.

Both women remain incarcerated at the Topo Chico prison.

The CDN have been at the center of a violent split with a rival Zetas cartel faction known as the ‘Old School Zetas,’ led by several of the original founding members of the organization, who have gone to war for control of drug trafficking territories along the border.

The ongoing war has resulted in a wave of spiraling violence, which has spread throughout the state of Tamaulipas and recent reports suggest that is now beginning to spill over into the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon.

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