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Mexican military capture powerful Gulf Cartel boss known as “Don Chucho”

May 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican military capture powerful Gulf Cartel boss known as “Don Chucho”

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Mexican military forces captured one of the most powerful leading figures within the Gulf Cartel during an operation on Monday.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of José Antonio Romo López, also known as “Don Chucho” and “La Hamburguesa,” the alleged regional boss for the Gulf Cartel in the state of Zacatecas.

The organized crime figure was arrested by Naval Marine special forces in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC).

Officials said intelligence work and the deployment of a ground operation made it possible to track down the alleged capo at a location in the Zacatecas city of Tabasco.

José Antonio Romo López, “La Hamburguesa”, one of the presumed leaders of the CDG. Photo: Proceso

According to Excelsior, Romo López is considered one of Mexico’s 122 top priority objectives most sought after by the federal government.

“Don Chucho” was arrested along with five personal bodyguards following an armed confrontation with Mexican troops in the Sierra Madre del Sur. Four military-grade assault rifles were recovered along with ammunition, communications equipment, and large amounts of crystal methamphetamine during the operation.

Romo-Lopez is considered one of the main generators of violence in the state of Zacatecas, who is allegedly responsible for numerous executions and kidnappings in the region. The powerful narco boss maintains a heavy criminal influence in the states of Tamaulipas, Michoacan, and Mexico, the AG’s Office reported.

Moreover, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have identified “Don Chucho” and Petronilo Moreno Flores, known as “Panilo,” as the top Gulf Cartel leaders who control trafficking corridors from Mexico, into Houston, Texas, which is used as a logistical transportation hub. From there, drug loads are then transported to major distribution points in multiple states including Arkansas, Georgia, and Michigan.

The arrest of Romo López is considered a massive blow to the Gulf Cartel. A crackdown by the Mexican government resulting in the deaths or capture of top leadership figures, combined with internal turf wars between rival factions, has left the Tamaulipas-based criminal organization splintered and severely weakened in recent years.

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