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Authorities dismantle Sinaloa Cartel hit squad in Mexican border state of Baja California

February 19, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities dismantle Sinaloa Cartel hit squad in Mexican border state of Baja California

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Authorities in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur have dismantled a cell of assassins purportedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, during an operation in Tijuana.

The BCS State Preventive Police announced the arrests of Felipe “N,” alias “El Pantera,” 43; José Eduardo “N,” alias “El Lalo” 35; And Ramon “N,” 27.

The three suspects, who are natives of Colima, Mexico, are identified as enforcers for Alfonso Arzate García alias “El Aquiles ” and his brother René Arzate García alias “La Rana,” who are the top Sinaloa Cartel leaders based in Tijuana.

Officials said in a statement that the criminal cell was responsible for the “settling of accounts among organized crime groups.”

According to ZetaTijuana, police seized large caliber long weapons, several handguns, along with crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, and radio communication equipment during the operation in the Guaycura colony of Tijuana on Friday.

Mexican police seized weapons and drugs during the operation in the border city of Tijuana

Law enforcement officials noted that the arms seized would be subjected to various ballistic testing by the investigating authorities to determine if there are possible ties to a spate of recent homicides in the region.

The detainees, drugs, and arms, were placed at the disposal of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the processing of criminal charges.

Tijuana’s homicide rate has surged in recent years, the result of an ongoing turf war for control of the city’s local distribution points and lucrative trafficking routes into the U.S.

In 2016, Tijuana recorded over 900 drug-related murders in a city of 1.7 million inhabitants, eclipsing its previous high of 844 reached at the height of the drug war in 2010.

The location of Baja California and its proximity to the Sinaloa state makes it a vital logistical hub for the Sinaloa Cartel in the smuggling of narcotics into the United States.

Tijuana had remained under the firm control of the criminal organization led by the recently extradited Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

However, rival cartels have increasingly begun maintaining a presence in the city following Guzman’s arrest in January 2016.

The upstart Jalisco New Generation Cartel allied with remnants of the Arellano-Felix Organization have since launched an incursion into the Baja State and seek to displace the Sinaloa Cartel as the predominant power in Tijuana.

 

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