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Regional Gulf Cartel boss captured in Mexican border state of Nuevo León

August 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Regional Gulf Cartel boss captured in Mexican border state of Nuevo León

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A presumed regional Gulf Cartel boss and one of the most wanted fugitives in Mexico was taken into custody this week in a joint operation conducted by state and federal authorities in the border state of Nuevo León.

Mexican law enforcement officials say Héctor Adrián “La Yegua” Lucio Benavides is the alleged leader of the Ciclones gang, which is a faction of the Gulf Cartel heavily involved in numerous illegal rackets including fuel theft, extortion, kidnapping, along with smuggling immigrants and drugs to the U.S.

The Ciclones criminal operations are largely based in the Huasteca area of San Luis Potosí Nuevo León and also in Tamaulipas, and in the northern portion of Veracruz.

Prior to his capture, Lucio was one of the top security objectives designated by the Mexican government.

The arrest of Lucio and his close associate, Christian Aarón Hernández Cabrales, took place after a one-year investigation carried out by the National Security Commission and local officials, according to Mexico News Daily.

Héctor Adrián “La Yegua” Lucio Benavides (above) was captured in Monterrey earlier this week (PGR)

Investigations have revealed that Hernández was leading the Ciclones’ kidnapping and drug smuggling operations.

The two men were captured in the Cumbres Elite neighborhood of Monterrey without incident.

The men were in possession of guns, drugs, phones, and money at the time of their arrest.

National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia said in a statement: “Héctor Adrían is the organization’s main operator, and was considered a priority by the federal government and by the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.”

Lucio had an outstanding warrant filed by the federal government for murder and kidnapping, and his accomplice was being sought after for the same crimes.

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