The federal Public Security Secretariat today introduced two sicarios of La Familia Michoacana that are being accused of having participated in Monday's (June 14) ambush on the federal police officers in Zitácuaro that killed 12 officers.
He also revealed that the brains of the ambush was Nazario Moreno González "El Chayo," leader of "La Familia" that has its roots in the state of Michoacán.
The men arrested were identified as Alain Escutia Ruiz, "El Leon," 20 years old and Emilio Palacios, "El Monstruo," 22, that were under the command of the chief known as "La Morsa" (The Walrus).
The arrest took place two nights ago in the city of Morelia, when the subjects were acting suspiciously while walking carrying two large backpacks and wearing dirty clothes, said Ramón Eduardo Pequeño, chief of the Drug Enforcement Section of the SSP.
At a news conference officials reported that an individual nicknamed "El Chucky" and another known as "La Morsa" coordinated the ambush against the Federal Police. He added that this action also involved another man known as "El Beto" who died at the scene.
They also revealed that the brains of the operation was the capo of the family Michoacana, Nazario Moreno. "El Chucky," received orders from Moreno Nazario to carry out the attack and with the help of several other subjects of the criminal organization they gathered in a gas station known as La Cotorra in Zitacuaro.
According to Pequeño, from there they left in 12 SUV's and they stationed themselves in one of the bridges where the ambush took place. Another group of nine sicarios stood at another bridge in four vehicles, which in total amounted in between 20 and 26 sicarios, including members with nicknames like; "El Chilaquil," "La Víbora" and "El Sapo."
When the subjects were detained they were carrying several firearms, including at least two 765-caliber rifles, tactical gear such as pants, jackets and two license plates from the Mexico City belonging to vehicles that had been reported stolen.
Pequeño reported that "La Morsa" and "El Chucky" ordered the sicarios to disperse to several municipalities in the state and to keep hidden for a period of eight to 15 days after the attack on the police.
The detainees told the police that on Monday, after the two groups of sicarios had positioned themselves in the highway bridges in Zitacuaro, they only had to wait 10 minutes for the federal agents to pass in the convoy that was attacked and where the shooting lasted for about 20 minutes.