México City.- Federal Police detained Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, alias “El Farmero”, a presumed leader of Los Aztecas (street gang with ties to La Linea and the Juarez cartel) and considered to be one of the most active sicarios operating in Ciudad Juarez. He is accused of ordering the murder of 14 youths in Villas de Salvárcar and 5 federal agents, among other cases.
Spokesman for the Regional Division Security Chief of Federal Police, Luis Cárdenas, said “Gallegos Castrellón is the leader for Los Aztecas in the Paseos del Bosque nieghborhood”
'El Farmero' was arrested along with two other people.
Carlos Rodríguez Ramírez (a) “El 67” was also apprehended. He was in charge of drug smuggling operations into El Paso. Gisela Ornelas Núñez (a) “La Maestra," helped transport guns and drugs for the group.
The spokesman said “El Farmero” also ordered the deaths of two student council members on March 14th.
In regard to the 14 youths killed in Villas de Salvárcar, Gallegos Castrellón said he had received false information that the teenagers were members of a rival gang Los Artistas Asesinos, a group with links to El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel. But according to 'El Farmero': “ By the time we were there and realized it was a case of mistaken identity, "we had no choice and wasted them anyway."
He also confessed to helping plan the hit on the wife of another man who was detained, Jesús Ernesto Chávez Castillo. The reason given for her murder was that she had revealed information about the gang to authorities.
In their possession was several large and mall caliber weapons, 228 ammunition clips. 3 ounces of marijuana and 4 vehicles, one of them an armored pick up truck.