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Mexican authorities arrest eight members of murderous Los Aztecas cell near Texas Border

January 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest eight members of murderous Los Aztecas cell near Texas Border

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Police in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, took eight Los Aztecas hitmen into custody who allegedly were responsible for 16 cartel murders in the past three months. The 58-year-old male accused of heading the cell was also apprehended.

State officials announced the arrest of the eight gang members behind the killing spree that took place from October 19th to December 20th. The arrests occurred in two separate operations. In the first bust, municipal police pulled over a stolen SUV with six suspects.

Authorities recovered and seized an AR-15 rifle along with three handguns and marijuana packaged for street distribution. Among those in the group was an individual named “Angel N.L.”, 27, the purported leading hitman.

Mexican authorities arrest eight gang members of the “Aztecs” criminal group in Ciudad Juarez.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on November 27th.

Detectives said that the suspects confessed to being part of a cell that targeted rivals involved in street-level-drug deals—the Mexicles and Artistas Asesinos gangs.

Los Aztecas carry out murders, abductions, extortion, and control the drug trade for La Linea, which is the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel. Los Mexicles and Artistas Asesinos are working the Sinaloa Cartel.

Authorities said the Los  Aztecas crew were reportedly en route to murder three women and a Mexicles member who were selling drugs on their turf.

Officials said the cell has participated in 16 homicides in last three months in Ciudad Juárez.

Based on information collected after arresting and speaking with the six arrested gang members, police carried out a second raid in which they caught three more Aztecas, including the 58-year-old cell leader in southeastern Juarez.

The leader was identified as Jaime P.A. aka “El Cangrejo” or “the crab”. Cangrejo was also traveling in a stolen vehicle and was in possession of heroin packed for street distribution.

Officials said that El Cangrejo allegedly managed operations for the bi-national group and was involved in 16 murders.

According to Breitbart Texas, as a result of the arrests of the eight Los Azteca members, information was collected regarding the identity of another suspect involved in the killing that took place at a barber shop on December 12th.

The suspect, later identified as Jose Eduardo R.A., 30, was also taken into custody.

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