Mexican Cartel Member Linked to Attacks on Officials Arrested
Federal police escort Miguel Ortiz Miranda, aka "El Tyson," alleged to direct operations of the La Familia cartel in Morelia, capital of Michoacan. Officials said Ortiz was responsible for the assassination attempt against state security chief, Minerva Bautista Gomez.
A Familia Michoacana drug cartel boss suspected of being behind attacks on several public officials has been arrested by Federal Police officers, the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.
Miguel Ortiz Miranda, a former police officer who goes by the alias of “Tyson,” was arrested Tuesday in connection with the ambush in April of Michoacan state Public Safety Secretary Minerva Bautista Gomez in which four people died.
He also confessed to the murder last year of Jose Manuel Revuelta, who served as Michoacan’s public safety secretary, as well as the killing of Josafat Delfino Lopez Tinoco, who was director of investigations for the federal Attorney General’s Office.
The drug trafficker, moreover, has been linked to the killings of 12 Federal Police officers in Zitacuaro and four other officers on the highway to Tarimbaro last month.
Ortiz Miranda, who was in charge of drug sales for the cartel in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, confessed that many of the attacks were a response to changes in the state Public Safety Secretariat that “went against the interests” of the criminal organization, officials said.
La Resistencia, a group that left messages with the bodies of victims, such as Lopez Tinoco, whose head was packed in a cooler, is really an alliance of the La Familia, Milenio, Los Valencia and Gulf organizations to battle Los Zetas, Ortiz Miranda told authorities.
La Familia operates in Michoacan, while the Milenio and Los Valencia gangs are based in Jalisco, and the Gulf cartel operates out of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters who originally worked as hired guns for the Gulf cartel, are now in the drug business on their own and control several lucrative territories.
The 28-year-old Ortiz Miranda became a police officer in 1999, but he began working for the cartel in 2005 when a La Familia member he arrested offered him a large amount of money in exchange for his freedom.
Ortiz Miranda served as an informant for the cartel until 2008, when he left the police force and became a drug trafficker.
Police seized a grenade, two firearms, several ammunition clips and a driver’s license and birth certificate in a different name from the suspect.
La Familia Michoacana, a drug cartel infamous for decapitating and dismembering enemies, as well as for mounting attacks on the security forces, is based in the western state of Michoacan.
The criminal organization, which also operates in the southern state of Guerrero, is considered the largest trafficker of synthetic drugs in Mexico.
Federal Police officers, meanwhile, arrested 16 people posing as tourists and seized 38 kilos of cocaine on a bus in eastern Mexico, the AG’s office said.
The arrests were made on the Orizaba-Mexico City highway after Federal Police officers stopped a Turismo Plus company bus and searched the vehicle.