Hector Raul Luna Luna aka "Tori", the head of the Zetas drug cartel for the state of Nuevo Leon was arrested by the Mexican Army in the city of Monterrey, after which armed attacks and road blockages occurred throughout the city. El “Tori” worked under Miguel Trevino Morales (Z-40), one of the top 2 leaders of the Zeta drug cartel.
The Ministry of Defence, SEDENA, confirmed the arrest after a confrontation with the military.
According to neighbors, “el Tori” was captured around 4:30 PM in a house located in the Barrio Colonia Estrella in northwest Monterrery.
Minutes after his detention, a military convoy supposedly repelled an attack by gunmen, after which about 5:30 PM a series of blockades were thrown up by armed street gang thugs who hijacked buses, tractor trailers, cars and pick-ups throughout the metropolitan area.
The vehicles were then placed at main intersections across the roadways in order to block access. Some of the main roadways such as Fidel Velazquez had up to 4 different blockages in place.
In the avenues Miguel German and Las Americas up to a dozen public transport buses were taken at gunpoint and used for the blockages. This area was particularly affected as gang members armed with steel bars and guns threatened civilians and hijacked their vehicles en masse.
Many vehicles used in the blockages had their tires shot out or were otherwise damaged to make the task of removal more difficult.
A total of 19 streets and intersections were affected.
Areas of the city most affected were Monterrey proper and the suburbs of San Nicolas, Santa Catarina and Guadalupe.
Traffic flow was severely disrupted and reports describe a city in chaos.
At many of these points, the authorities took more than three hours to react and were kept busy until after 8:00 PM.
Officers of the State Investigation Agency (AEI) were given the task of removing these obstacles, Highway and transit police allegedly received threats from gunmen and the city of Monterrey made a decision to quarter all municipal police.
Gun battles were heard throughout the city. In the Gonzalitos area the ministerial police headquarters were attacked by gunmen. Also attacked was the municipal police headquarters in the suburb of Garcia where several injuries were reported..
There were unconfirmed reports that the U.S. Consulate may have also been targeted.