Sunday, April 17, 2011
Mexico presents "El Kilo", alleged mastermind of 217 executions in San Fernando, Tamaulipas
Martín Omar Estrada Luna alias “El Kilo”, leader of the Zetas in San Fernando, Tamaulipas and alleged mastermind of the massacre of at least 217 people found in mass graves, was presented to the press Sunday afternoon by the Mexican Secretariat of Navy.
Along with "El Kilo", 11 additional Zeta members, allegedly involved in the San Fernando bus massacres, were arrested in military operations in Ciudad Victoria.
At a press conference, the Navy spokesman, Captain Jose Luis Vergara, said that "El Kilo" is also linked to the deaths of San Fernando police chief, Juan Carlos Sanchez Suarez and State investigator, Roberto Jaime Suarez Vázquez, as well as extortion, kidnapping, drugs and arms trafficking.
The spokesman explained Naval intelligence operations and information sharing between national and international agencies led to the location and detention of Estrada Luna.
The eleven additional suspects have been identified as: Miguel Ángel Hernández Hernández, "El Chimuelo"; Víctor Cuitláhuac Montoya Torres, "Degollado"; Yezenia Vianey López Romero, Claudia Valeria Fuentes Martínez, "La Popis"; Delia Celene Rodríguez Carlos, José Eduardo González Fuentes, Luis Manuel Salazar Sánchez, Heber Alfredo Ahumada Banda, "El Cholo"; Julieta Marisela Almaguer Reyes, Juana Marlene Celaya Saldaña and Lucero Peña Martínez.
During the arrests, elements of the Mexican Marines seized 4 vehicles, 6 assault rifles, 3 handguns, diverse rounds of ammunition, 3 grenades, 700 individual doses of cocaine, and 2.4 kilos of marijuana.
Sources: Grupo Reforma and Milenio