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Mexican authorities arrest two Sinaloa Cartel hitmen near California border

April 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest two Sinaloa Cartel hitmen near California border

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Mexican authorities arrested two purported hitmen for the Sinaloa Cartel in rural Compuertas Carejey near Calexico, California last week.

In a statement published by the office of the State Public Security Director for Baja California, the two men have been identified as José Miguel “N,” and Rubén “N,” who were arrested during an operation on March 29th, by investigative members of the state attorney general’s office.

The Public Security Director, Gerardo Manuel Sosa Olachea, indicated that authorities were responding to a report of criminal activity in the area when they discovered and detained the cartel hitmen driving in a vehicle.

Officers seized two AR-15 rifles, two shotguns, a .45 caliber handgun, two ballistic vests with counterfeit military patches, ammunition, an unknown quantity of marijuana, meth, and heroin, La Jornada reported.

The two suspects have reportedly been involved in recent cartel-related violence. Both also allegedly confessed to being members of a group of assassins for the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Public Security Director did not reveal as to which cases of violence were related to the two men.

Mexicali was subjected to an increase in cartel-related violence compared to prior years, concluding 2017 with 212 cases for the year. There were 121 in 2016. This year, Mexicali has already recorded 36 homicides, and most are believed to be related to internal fighting involving the Sinaloa Cartel and regional groups loyal to rival factions.

A recent murder reported in Mexicali involved the slaying of an individual working with the Sinaloa Cartel, was identified as Bernardo Antonio Linares Corral “El Tony,” who was fatally shot while traveling in a vehicle.

“El Tony” was part of a cell operated by Cenobio Flores aka “El Checo.”

The Cenobio Flores cell was originally loyal to former Sinaloa Cartel regional head Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza “El Macho Prieto,” who was killed in 2013. “El Macho Prieto” was the former lead assassin for Ismael Zambada García, also known as “El Mayo,” who is the top boss of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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