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Mexican authorities capture recently escaped Los Zetas cartel gunmen responsible for recent kidnappings in Nuevo Leon

July 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities capture recently escaped Los Zetas cartel gunmen responsible for recent kidnappings in Nuevo Leon

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A pair of Los Zetas gunmen who recently broke out of a state prison in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas traveled to the border state of Nuevo Leon to conduct drugs deals and carry out ransom abductions.

Nuevo Leon state officials said police had apprehended three members of the Los Zetas drug cartel in connection with multiple offenses and abductions close to four months after their daring prison break.

Earlier this week, state police arrested Jose Salvador “El Apa” Rios Tamez and Jose Humberto Luna after a firefight at a cartel stash house where the operatives had been holding Maria Ofelia Samaniego, a 70-year-old city commissioner in the state of Chihuahua, hostage.

The rescue occurred nearly two weeks after cartel members kidnapped her in Chihuahua and demanded over $6 million in pesos, worth around $320,000 in U.S. dollars.

In April dozens of cartel members from Los Zetas broke out of the state prison in Ciudad Victoria after constructing a tunnel.

José Salvador Ríos Tamez, alias ‘El Apa’, (right) who had a 15-year sentence for homicide, while his accomplice Humberto Luna José, known as ‘El Beto’ 40, was sentenced to three years 6 months for robbery.

The arrest occurred when police in Nuevo Leon fought the kidnappers and discovered Samaniego tied up inside a house in the rural area of General Teran in southern Nuevo Leon.

According to Milenio, during the rescue operation, Luna sustained a gunshot wound to one leg. The other gunman referred to as “Apa” was not injured even after the conflict with police. Both gunmen are associated with the Vieja Escuela Z faction of the Los Zetas who escaped to join the ranks of the organization in Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and other areas.

Breitbart Texas also revealed that police also arrested a corrupt soldier in connection with the abduction of Samaniego.

During the probe, authorities learned that the kidnappers transported the victim by vehicle overs 650 miles through the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon. The woman was forced to say that she was the mother of the two kidnappers in case police became suspicious at a checkpoint.

While two others had been arrested and interviewed in Chihuahua in connection with the case, Rios and Luna tried to continue the negotiations with the relatives from their stash house in Nuevo Leon in an attempt to make ransom. It was through those discussions that police managed to track them down.

Just one month prior, authorities apprehended 22-year-old Eder Roberto “La Pomada or The Ointment” Vasquez Castillo. At the time of his arrest, authorities discovered a suitcase with cocaine, marijuana, and an assault rifle. Authorities learned that La Pomada was one of the prisoners who broke out of the Ciudad Victoria prison.

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