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Mexican Judge releases former elite cops-turned Beltran Leyva cartel capos

June 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Judge releases former elite cops-turned Beltran Leyva cartel capos Omar “El 34” Ibarra Lozano

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A federal judge in Mexico freed two former elite tactical officers who turned into leading people within the Beltran Leyva Cartel after authorities recently apprehended the duo.

The judge ordered their release only days after they were taken into custody. Their release also occurred soon after another judge released their leader, a regional commander with the same group, who was also been arrested this week.

According to Breitbart Texas, an intelligence operation spearheaded by state detectives in Nuevo Leon revealed the hiding place of Omar “El 34” Ibarra Lozano and his brother Manuel “Pinpon” Ibarra Lozano.

The men are the two leading heads for the Beltran Leyva Cartel. The men had remained in a luxurious residence in the Paseo Vergel area in the southern portion of Monterrey.

Reports indicate “El 34” acquired his nickname from his radio call sign as a former SWAT member with Nuevo Leon State Police. His brother, “El Pinpon,” had worked as an agent with a team titled URE, which was a tactical response division.

Federal officials reportedly conducted a large-scale tactical bust where heavily armed agents encompassed the neighborhood and blocked security cameras to prevent El 34 and Pinpon from escaping.

Both men had worked as elite tactical officers with state authorities and the municipality of San Pedro. They were also specialized in evasion and other tactics.

At the time of the arrest, federal officials discovered an AR-15 rifle and an unknown quantity of crystal meth.

Only one week after they were arrested, a federal judge ordered their release for unidentified reasons. The release of the two top figured for the Beltran Leyva Cartel took place almost immediately after another federal judge released their boss in Jalisco.

Recently, federal officials in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco apprehended Jorge “El Izquierdo” Ibarra Lozano, one of the top regional leaders with the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

Less than 72 hours after he was taken into custody, a judge ordered that El Izquierdo be freed after determining that his arrest was illegal.

In 2009, the Mexican military captured “El 34” with drugs, firearms, two grenades, and a list of 33 officers from San Pedro on the Beltran Leyva Cartel’s payroll.

Even though law enforcement information connected the man to multiple homicides, including those of defense lawyers, federal judges still released him.

He went back to his activities until his most recent apprehension.

In 2009, “El 34” was arrested with his trusted associate Cesar “La Borrega” Niño Garcia, a cartel lieutenant, who was recently killed in front of his family in Monterrey.

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