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Recently arrested Zetas hitman confirms reports of new cartel alliance

October 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Recently arrested Zetas hitman confirms reports of new cartel alliance

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A recently arrested cartel assassin has confirmed reports of a shifting dynamic in a brutal drug war currently engulfing northern Mexico.

On Monday, authorities captured Adrian “El Chino” or “Ondeado” Martinez Luna, 26, a reputed hitman and leader of a team of Sicarios or assassins, during a raid on a hotel in the suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Martinez Luna was taken into custody along with a prostitute, identified as Andrea Carolina Tobar Carbajal.

Police also recovered several high powered assault rifles and a 9mm handgun during the raid.

During his interrogation, “El Chino” admitted to being the leader of a team of assassins for a group called “Carteles Unidos,” working under the direct orders of Bravo-1, the head of the Zetas faction “The Old School Zetas.”

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The Zetas hit man was taken into custody with a prostitute named Andrea Carolina Tobar Carbajal pictured here.

The group, consisting of several founding members of Los Zetas, have remained at the center of a brutal civil war for control of smuggling routes in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon against a rival faction, the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

Federal officials said that Martinez Luna and Tobar Carbajal face drug trafficking and weapons charges, Excelsior reported.

Authorities have linked “El Chino” to cartel-related violence in the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria and the municipality of Padilla.

Additionally, the alleged hitman confirmed recent reports of an alliance forged between the Old School Zetas and the Gulf Cartel now operating under the moniker “Carteles Unidos.”

The cartel collaboration aims to exterminate the CDN, and assume control of drug smuggling territories along the border.

Authorities seized several assault weapons during the arrest of Zetas hitman "El Chino"

Authorities seized several assault weapons during the arrest of Zetas hitman “El Chino”

However, despite “El Chino’s” confirmation of such an alliance, the Nuevo Leon’s Secretary of Public Safety Cuauhtemoc Antúnez still refused to acknowledge the presence of “Carteles Unidos” when he was asked about the recent developments during a recent press conference.

“We do not identify them (Carteles Unidos), not here, they have them in Tamaulipas, not here,” Antunez told reporters.

The secretary made the denial despite intelligence reports by the federal government confirming the presence of such an alliance in Nuevo Leon, which has coincided with an increase in violence in the state.

JammedUp News recently reported on the death of Javier “Bravo 1 or Shaggy” Morales Valencia, a top leader of the Old School Zetas, who was killed during an intense gun battle with Mexican Marines near a rural town in Southern Nuevo Leon.

Former Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen formed the Los Zetas after recruiting over 30 members of the U.S.-trained Mexican Military special forces as a paramilitary enforcement group.

However, in 2010, the two groups became mortal enemies after Los Zetas split from the Gulf cartel, which resulted in a raging cartel war following the arrest and subsequent extradition of Cardenas Guillen.

The recent development is a clear indicator of the shifting dynamics of Mexico’s drug landscape due to the fracturing of the major cartels.

As a result, violence has not only continued to surge throughout northern Mexico, but has spread in other states such as Veracruz, Colima, Baja California, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Sinaloa, where a continuing war has continued to escalate following the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Federation cartel.

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