DEA applauds capture “Taliban”; “is an event of great importance,” says
September 27, 2012
MEXICO CITY (approved). – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States said that the arrest of the alleged leader of Los Zetas, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, is “very important” in the fight against organized crime.
“It was a great job of the government and the military (Mexican). We’re excited. It is an event of great importance, “he told Notimex DEA spokesman Lawrence Payne.
According to Payne, the DEA supported the arrest of the Taliban through intelligence sharing. “Definitely we were part of this, of course we do operations in Mexico, but we help put the pieces of the puzzle,” he added.
And although he admitted that it is premature to talk about a possible extradition request to the U.S., the DEA spokesman said Velazquez Caballero faces a criminal prosecution in the Southern District of Texas.
Elements of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) today told reporters Ivan Velazquez Caballero, The Z-50, L-50 and / or the Taliban, former member of the criminal organization Los Zetas Cartel and current ally Gulf.
The agency reported that the capture of the Z-50 occurred around 18:30 pm yesterday in the capital of the colony Tangamanga of San Luis Potosi.
In a statement, reports that Marine Corps personnel established a security perimeter at the site and was surprised to armed persons coming out of a building, who, sensing the presence of the naval staff, readmitted unexpectedly at home.
After that, the Marines entered the place and arrested three people: Ivan Velasquez Caballero, 42 years old, Manuel Antonio Guerrero, Tony, 27, and Carlos Uriel Santiago Hernandez, 19.
According to naval intelligence information, the Z-50 and / or the Taliban was suspected regional chief of the criminal organization Los Zetas in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and part of Coahuila, which maintained control since 2007.
It is also assumed that he was in charge of Monterrey, Nuevo León, overseeing the square from Fresnillo, Zacatecas
According to Semar, Velasquez Caballero was also allegedly responsible for laundering money for Los Zetas, and also served as chief financial officer for that criminal organization.
“Some sources indicate that the Z-50 challenged the second maximum zeta leader, Miguel Trevino Morales, The Z-40, beginning a struggle for control individually the plaza of San Luis Potosi, so presumably the result of this challenge was given the recent execution of 14 of his supporters in San Luis Potosi, last August, “the statement said.
It notes that after that incident there was a break between the Z-40 and Z-50, separating the latter from Los Zetas seeking an alliance with the Gulf Cartel.
In its report, the Navy also indicates that Ivan Velazquez Caballero began offending at age 14, stealing cars in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, same as, say, then sold in parts.
It also stresses that when he was 22 he was arrested for vehicle theft and was imprisoned in the prison of La Loma in the border city.
The Taliban, he added, was contacted by a person who sent it to The Lazca, worked with him from errand to become chief of Nuevo Laredo plaza, and in 2007 traveled to Zacatecas, where he was in charge around 400 people .
Ivan Velazquez Caballero is related to several previous investigations initiated by the Attorney General’s Office, an agency that since 2099 offered a reward of 30 million pesos for said subject.
During his detention, three subjects were seized two vehicles, two handguns, a rifle, four grenades war, communications equipment, U.S. $ 20,000 and 12 kilograms of green grass with the characteristics of marijuana.
People and goods insured were moved to this city and made available to the public prosecutor of the Federation, assigned to the Office of Special Investigations on Organized Crime.