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Federal judge releases top Gulf Cartel boss recently captured in Mexican Border City

February 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge releases top Gulf Cartel boss recently captured in Mexican Border City

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One of the most feared bosses of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel recently apprehended during a top-secret operation executed by Mexican Marines in the border city of Matamoros was subsequently released by a federal judge

Last Monday, Mexican Marines arrested Jose Alfredo “El Contador” Cardenas Martinez, who is the presumed boss of the Gulf Cartel in the northern region surrounding Matamoros and one of the 122 top objectives wanted by the Mexican federal government.

As part of the probe, the military personnel immediately brought the alleged drug lord to the airport and flown to Mexico City to face multiple charges linked to the cartel’s operation.

Mexican officials received an anonymous tip and collected field intelligence. Authorities were able to verify that Cardenas Martinez was at a home in Matamoros. When the Marines arrived, several gunmen escaped but agents were able to apprehended Cardenas Martinez while seizing two firearms and an unspecified amount of drugs.

However, in a surprising turn of events, a federal magistrate judge in Mexico City ruled that Cardenas Martinez was “illegally detained” and ordered his release, Univision reported.

The DEA lists Jose Alfredo “El Contador” Cardenas Martinez as one of the top leaders of the Gulf Cartel along with Josè Antonio Romo-Lopez alias “Don Chucho” and the now deceased Juan Manuel  Loza-Salinas

Authorities claimed to have arrested Cardenas in the street but his wife exhibited video evidence indicating the drug lord was at home at the time of the arrest, Breitbart Texas reported.

Cardenas Martinez is the son of Agustin Cardenas Guillen and nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the one-time leader of the Gulf Cartel who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S. at Colorado’s ADX Supermax Prison.

Osiel Cardenas Guillen was responsible for recruiting members of the Mexican special forces as his paramilitary enforcement wing who eventually formed the brutal drug cartel known as Los Zetas.

Cardenas Martinez, who has residences in Matamoros, Mexico City, and Brownsville, Texas maintained a low profile by reducing violent cartel activity in the border city.

However, Cardenas Martinez recently brought attention to himself after Mexican forces, and Tamaulipas state officers ambushed multiple stash houses in Matamoros where Gulf Cartel Gunmen were holding over 480 abducted Central American migrants.

Authorities have identified Cardenas Martinez as another Gulf Cartel commander known as “Señor Cortez”

Local reports indicate Cardenas Martinez infiltrated the municipal government in Matamoros through corrupt bureaucrats and with the help of the local mayor who permitted him to use the city for drug trafficking operations with impunity.

To maintain a low profile, Mexican law enforcement officials further revealed Cardenas Martinez carried out ruthless enforcement operations throughout Matamoros under the alias “Señor Cortes,” a shadowy organized crime figure feared throughout the underworld.

Under the guise of Sr. Cortes, Cardenas Martinez also sent groups of hitmen to Reynosa to assist one of the Gulf Cartel factions fighting for control of the border city.

Two cells of the Gulf Cartel have been enthralled in a brutal turf war to overtake the region since 2017.

In its annual threat assessment report, the DEA has identified Cárdenas Martínez and a rival boss identified as Antonio Romo López alias “Don Chucho” as the two top leaders of the Gulf Cartel.

Although the group has lost significant strength in recent years and has experienced a rapid rotation in its leadership, the crime syndicate still maintains a presence in South Texas and Tamaulipas as well as distribution centers in Houston, Detroit, and Atlanta.

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