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Mexican military takes out entire leadership of cartel enforcer group Los Antrax

October 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican military takes out entire leadership of cartel enforcer group Los Antrax

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The Mexican government has struck a major blow against the Sinaloa cartel and its leader Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, after military forces managed to take out the entire leadership of the cartel’s enforcer group known as Los Antrax, during a fierce gun battle in Culiacan over the weekend.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR)  said three men died and three others were wounded during a confrontation in the Sinaloa state capital around 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Among those killed in the gun battle included René Velázquez, “El Sargento Phoenix” or “El Taliban,” identified as the armed cartel wing’s second-in-command along with commanders Gilberto Alejandro, and Jesus Rogelio, “El Cholo freckles.”


The Army have been conducting ongoing military operations aimed at stomping out the Sinaloa cartel following the Sept 30th ambush in Culiacan, which killed five soldiers


The firefight occurred early Sunday morning in Culiacan

Additionally, law enforcement sources said the group’s top leader identified as José Carlos Lopez Alanis, better known as “El Cali” has been severely injured in the firefight, El Debate reported.

Lopez Alanis along with two Los Antrax members who survived the gun battle identified as Jose Javier Gomez and Juan Carlos Armenta Ariztiga remain in critical condition at the hospital in Culiacan under heavy guard.

Officials said the military have set up a significant security perimeter around the medical facility to prevent any possibility of a rescue attempt.

‘El Mayo’ Zambada reportedly handed command of Los Antrax to ‘El Cali’ while René Velázquez remained as second in command after the arrest and extradition of the group’s founder José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, also known as ‘El Chino Antrax.’

Authorities believe may have taken out the entire leadership of Los Antrax during Sunday's gun battle

Authorities believe may have taken out the entire leadership of Los Antrax during Sunday’s gun battle

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The body of El Taliban, one of the highest-ranking leaders of Los Antrax killed during a firefight with the Mexican armed forces

According to reports, a Mexican Army convoy engaged heavily armed gunmen traveling in several armored vehicles after receiving calls from residents in the Miguel Hidalgo neighborhood of the city.

As a chase ensued, the cartel members immediately opened fire with automatic weapons on the military vehicles igniting a ferocious gun battle.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the gunmen fired on the army patrol to provide enough time for Ismael Zambada, alias “El Mayito Flaco,” the son of the Sinaloa cartel leader to escape, which would explain the presence of so many high-ranking Los Antrax members.

However, those reports remain unsubstantiated.

The Mexican government has conducted ongoing operations in Culiacan in response to the Sept 30th coordinated attack perpetrated by dozens of armed men allegedly under the command of Arellano Guzman Salzar, the brother of jailed drug boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, on a military convoy killing five soldiers.

The military response to the ambush attack  has resulted in the arrests of several top members of the Sinaloa cartel.

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