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Mexican authorities arrest 14 cartel hitmen in El Paso-Juárez border region

July 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest 14 cartel hitmen in El Paso-Juárez border region

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Fourteen cartel hitmen were apprehended by Mexican authorities during two separate police raids in the El Paso-Juárez Metropolitan Border area.

The first bust took place on July 1st when officials from the state investigative and municipal officers detained 12 purported cartel hitmen in Colonia Bellavista after police noticed several individuals taking part in suspicious activity while carrying a suitcase at an intersection.

When the police tried to speak with the individuals, the men opened fired and a pursuit ensued.

A second police vehicle stopped the fleeing group and exchanged fire, causing them to flee inside a nearby home.

During the incident, a municipal officer sustained an injury to the leg and responding officers recovered two long rifles abandoned by the fleeing assailants, according to reports.

Authorities later searched the home where the 12 assassins were captured–10 males and two females. Investigators identified those arrested as members of “Los Aztecas,” one of the gangs blamed for the increase in murders in Juárez.

Los Aztecas are involved in an internal war between the “Old School Aztecas” loyal to the recently apprehended FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Eduardo “Tablas” Ravelo.

They are also fighting with the captured Bruno Angel Rangel, also known as “El Bruno” and Carlos Arturo Quintana, “El 80,” the head of La Línea. Los Aztecas, also referred to as “Barrio Aztecas,” work in the El Paso-Juárez Border region and were aligned with “La Línea” and the Juárez Cartel.

The ten suspects are facing attempted murder, gun, and drug charges. A collection of rifles, handguns, ammunition, ballistic vests, money, and drugs were also seized.

The second raid took place two days later in Juárez when state authorities captured two “Los Mexicles” associates after agents pulled their vehicle over.

The two initially tried to flee from police in their vehicle but were later captured in possession of two handguns, ammunition, and cocaine.

The two later confessed to their involvement in the slayings of four victims.

Los Mexicles is a prison gang established in Texas to unite imprisoned Mexican illegals for protection against Mexican-Americans and black prisoners.

Similarly to Los Aztecas, Los Mexicles work on both sides of the border.

They are also joined with the Sinaloa Cartel and are dangerous rivals of Los Aztecas.

Juárez experienced 179 recorded murders last month alone.

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