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Gulf cartel commander known as “Comandante Chabelo” arrested and dubiously released near the border

September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gulf cartel commander known as “Comandante Chabelo” arrested and dubiously released near the border

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Mexican federal authorities capturedIsmael “Comandante Chabelo” Ramos Chapa, one of the chief commanders within a Gulf Cartel faction that controls the border city of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas was captured by  but was dubiously released just a few days later.

Mexican Federal Police officers apprehended “Comandante Chabelo” during an operation in Rio Bravo, Breitbart Texas reported.

Soon after his arrest, Mexican authorities transported Ramos Chapa out of Rio Bravo and turned him over to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime (SEIDO) and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

However, neither the PGR nor the SEIDO announced any details regarding the apprehension of Chapa Ramos. However, sources revealed that Chapa Ramos was interviewed for two days and was then released.

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According to Breitbart, Chapa Ramos had been the leader in charge of collecting taxes or “cuotas” for the Gulf Cartel faction based in Rio Bravo.

Recently, Chapa Ramos was working under Luis Alberto “El Pelochas” or “Metro 28” Blanco Flores, the current regional head for the Gulf Cartel in Rio Bravo.

Chapa Ramos, also known as “El Chabelo” worked as a tourism police officer in Reynosa before securing a job with the city’s transit police.

Chapa Ramos is believed to have been moonlighting for the Gulf Cartel while he was working as an officer before he eventually left the force and became a full-time cartel member.

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Mexican authorities have an extensive track record with capturing Gulf Cartel bosses, only to let them go after money exchanges or other officials exert influence over arresting authorities.

One of the most climactic cases took place in May when Tamaulipas police officers were commanded to release the second in command of a Gulf Cartel faction in Hidalgo. Leaked footage of the man’s release revealed the corrupt acts committed by government leaders.

Back in 2015, Jesus “Wero Jesse” Garcia, a Gulf Cartel commander, was arrested after a large-scale gun battle in Reynosa.

Soon after, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that the battle was tied to the apprehension of “One of the most important criminals, we had to pursue him we had to fight him.” However, Mexican authorities let him go after the man paid a cash bribe.

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