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La Linea Mexican cartel leader ‘El Chito’ responsible for 60 percent of homicides in Chihuahua arrested during raid in Ciudad Juarez

April 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
La Linea Mexican cartel leader ‘El Chito’ responsible for 60 percent of homicides in Chihuahua arrested during raid in Ciudad Juarez La Linea leader Miguel Angel Amaya Loya, 'El Chito' arrested in Mexico

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A senior cartel leader, responsible for 60 percent of the homicides committed in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, was captured by authorities during an operation in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday.

In a brief statement, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office announced the capture of Miguel Angel Amaya Loya, alias ‘El Chito’ the alleged leader of La Linea – the armed wing of the Juárez cartel, Proceso reported.

Officials said Amaya Loya, who was arrested by federal forces, is responsible for a wave of executions in the region, some of which occurred in various restaurants and nightclubs.

Moreover, authorities say ‘El Chito’ is also responsible for kidnapping, extortion, sale, distribution and drug trafficking.

Three corpses are discovered in Ciudad Juarez last week as violence has once again returned to the municipality

The Attorney General’s Office indicated that Amaya Loya was arrested along with Saúl, another senior figure of the criminal organization.

During the operation, federal forces recovered two small arms, two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, $53,000 in US currency, four vehicles, and various communication equipment.

The arrests were made following an investigation by elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO), in coordination with Mexico’s Federal Police, the statement said.

The capture of ‘El Chito’ is a major victory for Mexican law enforcement officials.

Violence in the state of Chihuahua has surged following the arrest and subsequent extradition of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Since November 2016, Chihuahua has maintained the highest rate of intentional homicides in Mexico.

Government officials have attributed the surge in violence in the border state to an ongoing turf war between several organized crime groups including the Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and rival factions of La Linea, who are fighting for control of drug trafficking territories into the United States.

As a result, Ciudad Juarez once again ranks among the 50 most dangerous citiess in the world

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