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Mexican authorities arrest Sinaloa cartel boss of the Yucatan Peninsula

January 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest Sinaloa cartel boss of the Yucatan Peninsula

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Mexican authorities have dealt another major blow to the Sinaloa Criminal organization after arresting cartel’s top boss in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Mexican Attorney General announced the capture of Roberto Nájera Gutiérrez, alias ‘La Gallina,’ who authorities identify as a senior figure within the Sinaloa cartel and top lieutenant of the recently extradited Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

‘La Gallina’ was arrested at a checkpoint in the Quintana Roo municipality of Tizimín, located in the eastern part of the state, as he was traveling in a van accompanied by two other cartel operatives.

According to the El Universal, police recovered several high-powered assault rifles during the arrest.

Law enforcement officials have identified Nájera as one of the facilitators of violence in Quintana Roo, where a Sinaloa cartel cell and Los Zetas have gone to war over drug trafficking in the territory.

‘La Gallina’ is considered one of the Mexican government’s top security objectives, who controls the trafficking and distribution of narcotics in the southeast region of the country, stretching from Belize to the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, and Chiapas.

Police identified Nájera Gutiérrez after a court issued an arrest warrant for a cartel-related killing of a couple in his native home state of Chiapas in 2013.

He was arrested shortly after the murder of the couple but managed to bribe his release from custody.

The alleged criminal leader is also being investigated by federal authorities for organized crime and several other homicides.

The capture of the Sinaloa cartel boss comes on the heels of a pair of high-profile violent events including the attack on the state prosecutors office and police headquarters in the resort city of Cancun, which resulted in the deaths of three gunmen and a police officer.

The federal government has since deployed 300 members of the military and federal police in an effort to quell the violence in Cancún and stabilize security in the region.

The attack in Cancun occurred just one day after a gunmen opened fire at a Playa del Carmen beachside nightclub, which killed five people including an 18-year-old teen who was trampled to death in the ensuing panic.

 

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