Guadalupe, Nuevo León - In the municipality of Guadalupe, Nuevo León elements of the Mexican Navy captured four people who are directly related to the cartel leader of the Zetas, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano "El Lazca" or "El Verdugo," including his alleged accountant, who was in possession of more than $300,000 in dollars and 3,400,000 in pesos, in addition to weapons, vehicles, magazines and ammunition, among other items.
According to early reports, one of the detainees is Hipólito Bonilla Cespedes, 52 years old, who has been identified as the alleged counter Lazca.
The federal police also managed to arrest police officer Francisco Alejandro Aguilar Ibarra, 26, who allegedly provided security to Bonilla Céspedes. Arrested were also Maritza González Olivares, 21, and Jesus Gilberto Gonzalez Torres 50, both also associated with the same cartel and helpers of the accountant.
They were also found to have a PS90 rifle, an AK-47, two 9mm pistols, 411 rounds of ammunition, 12 magazines and one grenade. They also seized two machines for counting money, a machine to make identifications and four suitcases full of money.
The suspects were transferred to Mexico City, where they were handed over to prosecutors.
Lazcano deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.
The Zetas broke with the Gulf cartel several months ago and the two criminal organizations are at war.
Los Zetas are now in the drug business on their own and control several lucrative territories.
In February, giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas appeared in the northern city of Monterrey.
The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans inclined to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.
The gang war has especially affected the northern states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.