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Sinaloa cartel operator at the center of September 2016 ambush on Mexican military in Culiacan brutally murdered

March 8, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sinaloa cartel operator at the center of September 2016 ambush on Mexican military in Culiacan brutally murdered

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A Sinaloa cartel operative at the center of a deadly attack against the Mexican military last September was found brutally murdered.

Officials in Mexico say the tortured remains of Julio Óscar Ortiz-Vega, alias ‘El Kevin,’ were discovered in the  Sinaloa city of Novolato, El Debate reported.

Ortiz-Vega was a presumed lieutenant of Aureliano Guzman Salazar, ‘El Guano’ the half brother of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the recently extradited leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

‘El Kevin’ was rescued by an armed group last September in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, during an ambush on a military patrol, which killed five soldiers and wounded ten others.

Photo of Kevin that authorities showed after his rescue following an ambush in Culiacan last September

The cartel operative was being transferred to a medical facility in Culiacan by military personnel who had treated him for gunshot wounds suffered during a gunbattle in the mountainous area of Badirgurato, which is the hometown of ‘El Chapo,’ when the attack occurred.

As JammedUp News reported, dozens of heavily armed gunmen ambushed the army convoy with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in what the Mexican government called a coordinated attack.

The hit team subsequently retrieved Ortiz-Vega off a Red Cross ambulance and fled the area.

Mexican military officials have placed blame on ‘El Guano’ and Ivan Guzman Salazar, the son of ‘El Chapo’ for the ambush.

Photo of Kevin that authorities showed after his rescue. Photo: Courtesy

The Culiacan-based publication cited sources within the State Prosecutors Office, who confirmed the body of ‘El Kevin’ was located early Sunday morning in the parking area of a business in Navolato. Authorities said the body was identified by relatives at the Medical Examiner’s office.

Officials added that medical examiners would perform an autopsy and additional DNA testing before releasing the body to family members.

Police found the remains of Ortiz-Vega wrapped in an advertising canvas in the La Primavera section of the city. The body showed signs of torture and suffered several gunshot wounds.

Officials also indicated the victim might have been tied to the back of a vehicle and dragged because some parts of his body had significant portions of skin missing.

Armed cartel suspects launched an ambush attack in Culiacan last September

In recent weeks, the Mexican Navy managed the capture of Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, aka ‘Pancho Chimal’ a top Sinaloa Cartel operator and Ivan Guzman’s chief of assassins, who was apprehended during an operation in Culiacan back in February.

Officials said Rosales played an integral role in September’s military ambush.

Meanwhile, violence erupted in the state soon after the January 2016 arrest of Guzman between the Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels, has continued to engulf the region.

The strife, which has escalated in the region between rival Sinaloa Cartel factions vying to fill the power vacuum left following ‘El Chapo’s’ abrupt extradition to the United States, has been widely attributed to the recent surge in Mexico’s murder rate in the first two months of 2017.

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