Ciudad de México.- Federal Police in Veracruz have liberated four people and detained seven presumed kidnappers who were working for La Compañía, a criminal group that operates under the direction of Los Zetas. The group is known to dismember and incinerate their victims.
According to the federal Secretary of Public Security (SSP), Roberto Sibaja Rodríguez, El Gaspar, was a nieghborhood leader of La Compañía in the municipalities of Agua Dulce and Las Choapas. He was captured during a police operation on Sunday.
Intelligence reports made by authorities stated that this cell of La Compañía “Violently carried out extortion rackets and in some cases, used kidnapping and mutilation as a means to get payment. To dispose of bodies, they would incinerate them at security houses in Veracruz.”
On 12/19/10 in the municipality of Agua Dulce, Federal Police located a ranch called El Búfalo, and arrested Roberto Sibaja, who was the logistics coordinator of kidnapping and extortion for the group. In addition to that, he was also responsible for ordering the deaths of several people during the operation of drug distribution in the area.
In the same place, police found four people who were handcuffed and chained within the property.
According to the authorities, El Gaspar had ordered that the kidnapped people be incinerated only moments before Federal Police arrived.
“It is said that his particular group burned the bodies of their victims, often with diesel, after they had dismembered them. They used a chainsaw to accomplish this”, said a spokesman for the Federal Police.
Along with their leader the following people were arrested: Juan Xicoténcatl Montoya Torres, El Xico; Luis Alberto López Ramírez, El Shoker; Carlos Mora Nuñez, El Chizo; Jonathan “N." Age16 and under were; Erick Román López, El Lobo, and Santos López Pacheco, El Lagrimita.
At the time of the arrest they were found to be in possession of: one 9mm handgun with a spent round; three sets of handcuffs four vehicles, five cell phones, a two way radio, and a power saw.
The custody of the suspects was remanded by the Sub-Prosecutor Against Organized Crime (SIEDO).