Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Jaime González Durán "El Hummer"

Friday, July 17, 2009 |

Jaime González Durán (a.k.a: El Hummer) is one of the 31 original founding members and he ranked third in the chain of command of the criminal organization known as Los Zetas.

A former Mexican Army elite soldier of the Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE), he was trained in counter-insurgency and locating and apprehending drug cartel members. He deserted in the late 1990s and was hired along other 30 ex-soldiers by the Gulf Cartel leader, Osiel Cárdenas Guillen as his private enforcement army.

After Osiel's arrest, González controlled a large-scale illegal drug distribution and transfer to the United States, mostly of cocaine and marijuana.

He also controlled much of the illegal drug trade in the Mexican states of Nuevo León, Michoacán, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Mexico City. The Attorney General has cataloged him as one of the most dangerous and violent of organized crime members, and was one of the most wanted by Mexican and U.S. justice.

Jaime González Durán is believed to have been responsible for the murder of narcocorridos singer Valentín Elizalde

Prison
González was arrested in November 2008 by Mexican Federal Police agents in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. A vast arsenal of firearms and ammunition were confiscated with his arrest.
 
The Mexican Attorney General filed charges against him for his probable responsibility of organized crime and crimes against health. He was admitted in the maximum security federal prison Penal del Altiplano, in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico State.

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