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Mexican drug cartel used border state strip club as operations center: Authorities

December 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican drug cartel used border state strip club as operations center: Authorities

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Authorities in Nuevo Leon, Mexico are continuing to investigate how a drug cartel managed to use a strip club in the capital city of Monterrey as a base of operations for drug trafficking, along with the planning out of abductions, and murders.

Breitbart Texas reported that the strip club, called “The Harem” was not only for drug trafficking and street-level drug dealing, but also kidnappings, killings, and other crimes.

The activities became the subject of extensive rumors after residence reported of the constant presence of heavily armed men at the strip club.

In November, purported armed members of a rival drug cartel opened fire from the street, killing bouncer Francisco Montalvo Davila, who was fatally struck in the head.

An investigation following the attack resulted in a series of searches where police confirmed some of the criminal activities in the facility. Officers arrested four men, confiscated four handguns, and seized packages of drugs believed to be used for local distribution from the bar.

State police revealed that investigators have linked the bar to various cartel killings including the recent execution of a local businessman whose body was found abandoned along Morones Prieto Avenue.

Officials said investigators managed to trace one of the handguns seized at the establishment to the murder of Heriberto Villarreal Guajardo, a local attorney and security consultant who was inspecting the construction of a house in San Agustin, an affluent suburban neighborhood of San Pedro when he was shot to death.

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