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Mexican authorities arrest cartel leader in popular tourist spot

July 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest cartel leader in popular tourist spot

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Mexican federal authorities in Baja California Sur revealed the arrest of a regional cartel leader who has been considered responsible for the surge of narco-violence in the well-known tourist destination of La Paz.

The commissioner general of the Federal Police, Manelich Castilla Craviotto announced the arrest of Andrés Ulloa Márquez, also known as El Pájaro (“The Bird”).

According to local reports, the man was identified as the plaza leader for the Beltrán Leyva cartel in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Ulloa Márquez’s arrest was executed during a simultaneous police operation in two neighborhoods in La Paz.

Police apprehended Ulloa Márquez at a home in Pueblo Nuevo. They also took one of his accomplices into custody, identified only as Ernesto “N,” at a house in Zona Central.

Government officials in Baja California attributed the increase in narco-violence in the municipality of La Paz to the Beltrán Leyva cartel headed by its regional leader Ulloa Márquez.

Andres Ulloa Márquez was Identified as the main generator of violence in the Baja California Sur state capital city of La Paz

The cartel employs violence to dominate the sale and distribution of drugs in Baja California Sur — especially in the municipality of La Paz.

During operations carried out by authorities, officers also seized two firearms, ammunition, 142 packages of cocaine, 63 packages of meth, and 13 packages of marijuana.

The state attorney general’s office indicated that the cartel violence in the region is tied to a continuing battle for control of the drug business in the area by three cartels and regional groups aligned with each.

Those cartels are the Cártel de Sinaloa, Los Beltrán Leyva and Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

The out of control cartel-related violence in the area led the Mexican government to dispatch military forces to set up additional security in the once serene tourist beach resort towns of La Paz and Los Cabos.

Late last year, six bodies that were hung from three overpasses in La Paz and Los Cabos, according to Breitbart Texas. The cartels attached threatening narco-banners to the bodies.

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