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Jailed Mexican Cartel boss could expose dirty cops in border state of Nuevo Leon

February 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Jailed Mexican Cartel boss could expose dirty cops in border state of Nuevo Leon

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The arrest of one of the most wanted drug kingpins in the state of Nuevo Leon could reveal an intricate network of police and government officials who have been rendering support to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

The arrest in the city of San Pedro occurred when 27-year-old Eleazar Palomo Castillo known as“El Cochi” or “Commander 19” attempted to evade a checkpoint established by the Mexican Navy. Palomo is the regional head of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Beltran Leyva’s Palomo Castillo took over the drug distribution channels in the city’s most elite areas such as Centrito Valle. The drug boss also managed to corrupt over 20 municipal police officers to receive exact information about operations from the unified communications center, according to Breitbart Texas.

Over the past two years, the police in the town of San Pedro has known about the presence of street level drug dealers managed by El Cochi in nightclubs and other establishments where students and the sons of wealthy businessmen go to party on the weekends.

After El Cochi’s arrest by federal authorities, detectives expect to be able to uncover the names and aliases of local and state officers who accepted bribes in exchange for letting the drug lord work in the area. In the past, officials have publicly called San Pedro the safest city in Mexico.

Eleazar Palomo Castillo alias ‘El Cochi’ regional leader of Beltran Leyva cartel was arrested in early February in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Under his leadership, El Cochi bribed law enforcement officers and ministerial cops in Nuevo Leon to work in the abduction and extortion cases of rival criminals who tried to move into his territory in San Pedro.

El Cochi has been deemed responsible for the execution of Pedro Anuar Martinez, the son of the police chief of San Pedro; and Carlos Arturo Valle Novelo, the intelligence chief for the State Police. The murders took place after an expensive watch disappeared from a crime scene. The watch appears to have been stolen and has not been turned in as evidence to detectives.

In 2015, Mexican marines in San Pedro arrested multiple suspected sicarios. Original reports pointed to El Cochi being among those apprehended, but this later proved inaccurate. Rumors have since spread that the drug lord was freed after paying a bribe.

Immediately following the arrest of ‘El Cochi,’ Mexican authorities killed over a dozen members of the BLO including the top leaders during military operations in the western state of Nayarit.

As JammedUp News reported, Mexican Marines supported by a helicopter gunship killed eight BLO operatives including Juan Francisco Patron also known as “H2,” in the city of Tepic on Thursday. H-2 was the regional leader of the criminal organization in Nayarit and southern Jalisco.

Less than 24-hours later, marines killed Daniel Isaac Silva Gárate, known as “El H9” identified as another high-ranking leader, during a shootout in small town of El Ahuacate, near Tepic.

Authorities reported total of 16 suspected cartel gunmen killed during the anti-cartel military operations.

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