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Los Zetas cartel operator moonlighted as Mexican university’s head of student affairs

October 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Los Zetas cartel operator moonlighted as Mexican university’s head of student affairs

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Authorities in Mexico say a recently captured member of the ultra-violent Los Zetas Cartel moonlighted in his spare time as the head of Student Affairs at a local university in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Officials with Mexico’s National Security Commission (CNS) issued a statement confirming the arrest of Héctor Alejandro Villa García, a college official and reputed member of the Zetas who stands accused of kidnapping, homicide, and extortion in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas

Law enforcement officials said for several years that Villanueva García appeared on the payroll as the head of the faculty in the Academic Unit of Law and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas.

The news portal, Proceso, citing official sources, reported that the suspect had worked under the direct orders of Juan Fernando Álvarez Cortez, alias “El Ferrari,” a ruthless leader of Los Zetas in southern Tamaulipas, who was captured in May 2014 in Escobedo, Nuevo León.

The Los Zetas cartel member (above) worked as a University school official in the state of Tamaulipas

CNS officials said Villanueva García allegedly organized student events for both the school and the Zetas by recruiting dozens of students into the ranks of Los Zetas as hawks or lookouts, drug dealers, and hired killers.

Additionally, Villanueva García was reportedly in charge of laundering illicit drug proceeds for the leaders of the Los Zetas through various cartel-linked businesses, including gas stations, and restaurants in Ciudad Victoria.

Furthermore, investigators have linked Villanueva García to the disappearances of several university students.

Authorities said the family of one of the missing students filed a complaint with the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office, which led to the capture Villanueva García last Saturday by federal forces.

In a statement, under fire UAT School officials confirmed the arrest of the UAT’s faculty member and questions have been raised as to why a member of the Zetas was allowed to work at the school.

“Yes, Héctor Alejandro Villanueva García has been detained since October 14, and the school has already terminated the employment relationship with the now detained,” the spokeswoman of UAT confirmed that Villanueva García was responsible for organizing “student events,” according to teacher Mirna Gonzalez.



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