Luis Carlos Najera, head of the Public Security Secretariat of Jalisco, confirmed a confrontation yesterday that occurred in San Cristobal de la Barranca, as elements of the State Police conducted an operation where they discovered a narco training camp belonging to Los Zetas.
In the action 6 sicarios were killed and another 10 were taken into custody. Among the apprehended were three juveniles, two adult men and five women who were also in training.
Most of the detainees wore military-style clothing, a woman of 16 years of age indicated that training had just started, that they had been sent to the training camp so they could learn how to fight in order to fight for a plaza soon. She also said that they were paid 8,000 pesos a month.
Those arrested were identified as Arnold Almaza Meza, 19, a native of Veracruz, Maria Guadalupe Sandoval Palma, 21, Tabasco, Zacatecas, Ana Lilia García García, 18, Tabasco, Zacatecas, Alejandra Frausto Sandra Garcia 18, Tabasco, Zacatecas, Beatriz Barrientos Hernandez, 21, Jalapa, Veracruz, Humberto Felix Loera, 35, of San Cristobal de la Barranca, Jalisco, Christopher Espinoza Gonzalez, 35, of San Cristóbal de la Barranca, Jalisco, Isela, 16, Tabasco, Zacatecas, Maria Celeste, 16, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Paul Omar, 16, Jalapa, Veracruz.
Authorities also managed to secure six AR-15 rifles, three AK-47 rifles, one M-60 machine gun, 33 magazines, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, a grenade launcher, two grenades, camping equipment, tactical gear, communication equipment , insignia of Los Zetas, a 2009 armored Ford Lobo, a armored Hummer, two Chevrolet trucks, among other things.
Reports said a group of gunmen, riding in at least six trucks managed to escape from Zacatecas Jalisco and authorities in both states were conducting coordinated operations to search for them.