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Mexican authorities arrest top leader of the Gulf Cartel

September 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest top leader of the Gulf Cartel

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Mexican authorities captured a top leader of the Gulf Cartel during an operation in the border state of Nuevo León.

Federal officials announced the arrest of Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, also known as ‘El Pelochas’ and ‘M-28,’ one of the main generators of violence in the state of Tamaulipas

Blanco-Flores is the leader of a Gulf Cartel faction, known as Los Metros, a criminal group based in the Tamaulipas regions of Reynosa and Rio Bravo.

The criminal group is allied with a faction of the Zetas Cartel known as the Old School Zetas.

‘El Pelochas’ was arrested by federal and state authorities just south of the Nuevo Leon capital of Monterrey on Thursday.

According to Proceso, authorities intercepted a van the Gulf Cartel chief had been traveling in along with several armed bodyguards on the National Highway just south of Monterrey.

“El Pelochas” was one of the top three security objectives sought after in the state of Tamaulipas

The van attempted to flee and a chase quickly transpired into a rolling shooting out.

However, police managed to disable the vehicle and arrest Blanco-Flores along with several cohorts.

Blanco-Flores was taken by Blackhawk helicopter to a federal holding facility in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria.

At the time of his arrest, the capo was in the midst of a brutal turf war in Tamaulipas with a rival Gulf Cartel rival faction known as the “Ciclones.”

The struggle for control of the drug trade has engulfed the border city of Reynosa in uncontrollable violence.

For several years, Blanco-Flores had remained quite an evasive figure for Mexican authorities to capture.

He was the subject of a 2 million pesos reward by the Tamaulipas state government.

“M-28′ was arrested in the United States on two occasions for illegal entry and was deported back to Mexico only to be released for unspecified reasons.

He was falsely reported to have been arrested on multiple occasions.

Blanco-Flores was also reported to have been killed during an armed confrontation with the Mexican military in Rio Bravo in February 2017.

However, reports of Blanco’s death were refuted six months later.

Until his capture, “El Pelochas” managed to use a combination of skill, money, and influence to evade both authorities and rivals who sought to kill him.

The arrest of Blanco-Flores is the second major blow suffered by the Gulf Cartel in less than a week.

As JammedUp News reported, Mexican authorities last week secured the capture of Héctor Adrián “La Yegua” Lucio Benavides, the presumed regional leader of the Ciclones gang during an operation in the Cumbres Elite neighborhood of Monterrey.

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