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Mexican Marines, state police engage cartel gunmen in shootout near Baja California tourist center: WATCH

February 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Marines, state police engage cartel gunmen in shootout near Baja California tourist center: WATCH

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At least five suspected armed drug cartel members were apprehended in Baja California Sur on January 29th after opening fire and trying to escape from Mexican Marines and local authorities.

The violent dispute took place at roughly 4:30 pm in the famous tourist area of La Paz after police tried to pull over a vehicle full of gunmen. The governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, verified the incident during a news conference with local press outlets.

The governor indicated that five suspects were caught after they retreated into a home and traded gunfire with security personnel for nearly 30 minutes before they surrendered. Numerous high-powered firearms and ammo were seized by detectives of the state attorney general’s office with help from the Mexican Marines, ZetaTijuana reported.

The armed confrontation was aired live on local TV, which showed the arrival of military elements to assist local police amid continuous automatic gunfire in the background. Civilian videos were also uploaded to YouTube.

The State Attorney General Daniel de la Rosa Anaya said that among those arrested is Henry Froylán Rojas Ramirez, aka, “El Zopilote,” who broke out of San Jose del Cabo state prison in September. Rojas Ramirez was behind bars since 2014 and was considered one of the regional heads of the Knights Templars Cartel before he went to prison.

Mexican Law enforcement sources added that Rojas Ramirez is a former member of the Mexican armed forces and is from Michoacán.

In recent months, the once peaceful area of Baja California has seen an increase in cartel violence, causing the deployment of military forces to take over public security services. The violence is connected to a fight between the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

“Los Guzmanes” is a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel that is led by the family members of jailed drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. “Los Tegoripeños” appears to be a regional allied unit. The Tegoripeños came to light in November when narco-messages appeared in La Paz and Los Cabos, advising the governor and law enforcement to join with them.

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