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Mexican authorities identify ex-police officer leading cartel responsible for unleashing narco war in border state of Chihuahua

July 7, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities identify ex-police officer leading cartel responsible for unleashing narco war in border state of Chihuahua

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Senior Mexican law enforcement officials have identified a former police officer and leader of a criminal group responsible for the escalating violence engulfing the border state of Chihuahua, which included Wednesday’s raging gun battle that left scores dead.

Drug-related violence continues to escalate in Chihuahua and across the country following the arrest and extradition of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Authorities have identified Jose Roberto González Montes “El Mudo” or “The 32”, a former Chihuahua State Police officer and reputed leader of La Linea–the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, as the main facilitator of violence in the region surrounding the municipality of Madera, where he maintains his stronghold.

“El Mudo” was arrested late last year on the Juarez-Chihuahua state highway.

Although police found a .45-caliber rifle, M4 rifle, a 9 mm pistol, and two small plastic bags with cocaine and crystal methamphetamine in the truck at the time of his arrest, a district judge controversially released the cartel boss citing a lack of evidence.

Jose Roberto González Montes (Photo: Courtesy Chihuahua attorney general’s office)

González Montes also attempted to offer officers a bribe of 2 million pesos for his release.

Prosecutors protested the judge’s controversial decision and prompted demands for reforms to avoid “the revolving door” within criminal system.

Moreover, Óscar Alberto Aparicio, Security Commissioner, asserted that the release of González Montes led to the execution two state agents on June 24th in the small town of Las Varas, located deep in the rugged Sierra Madre mountain range, a region controlled by violent drug trafficking organizations.

Following Wednesday’s brutal gun battle between rival drug cartels in the municipality of Madera, the Chihuahua State Attorney General César Augusto Peniche confirmed authorities had identified González Montes as the suspect responsible for the murders of the two law enforcement agents.

Additionally, Peniche said “El Mudo’ is responsible for unleashing a narco war, which resulted in Wednesday’s raging shootout between armed groups associated with La Linea and the Sinaloa Cartel, in Las Varas.

Bullet-riddled vehicle remains from Wednesday’s bloodshed in Chihuahua

Authorities launched a massive operation involving military, federal and state police units after receiving intelligence that La Línea, which has maintained control of Madera and other surrounding areas, invaded territory controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel led by a senior operative who goes by the name of “El Jaguar.”

Conflicting reports indicate the confrontation has left between 15-26 dead and several injured.

According to Proceso, authorities also arrested five gunmen: two from the Sinaloa Cartel and three from La Línea.

Following the gun battle, Mexican officials alerted residents in the cities of Madera and Gómez Farías of the presence of armed groups in the region and warned against traveling at night due to ongoing military operations.

Mexican authorities seized ten vehicles following the raging gunbattle (Photo: Diario Del Narco)

Violence also erupted in the neighboring state of Sinaloa over the weekend.

As JammedUp News reported, 19 purported cartel gunmen were killed in a gunbattle with Mexican Marines in the resort town of Mazatlan last Saturday.

The increased bloodshed across Mexico has prompted a visit by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, who is in Mexico for three days of talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto regarding the ongoing war against the organized criminal cartels.

The Mexican and U.S. governments have disagreed in the approach to prevent the flow of drugs and illegal migrants entering the country.

Kelly and U.S. President Donald Trump have advocated for a strategy focusing on enhanced border security while the Pena Nieto Administration has repeatedly urged their counterparts to concentrate on reducing the insatiable demand for drugs in the U.S.

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