Monday, July 4, 2011
Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, "el Mamito", is captured
Federal Police capture Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias "el Mamito", a principal leader and original member of "Los Zetas" and third in command of the organization.
In a press release this morning the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) reports that Federal Police agents captured Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, one of the leaders and founders of "Los Zetas”, in the town of Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de Mexico yesterday, Sunday July 3.
Rejon Aguilar "El Mamito” is identified as third in the hierarchy of Los Zetas, under the command of Heriberto Lazcano "el Lazca" and Miguel Angel Treviño Morales "el Z-40."
According to the SSP Rejon Aguilar’s arrest is the result of intelligence generated from various operations undertaken by Federal forces. His arrest order was for the investigation of drug trafficking and the attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents which occurred February 14 of this year in Santa Maria, San Luis Potosi, where ICE agent Jaime Zapata was murdered.
El Mamito is also suspected of ordering a high number of executions in Northeastern Mexico.
Rejon Aguilar was among the most wanted criminals by the Mexican Government, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had a reward of 5 million dollars for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.
It is expected that the U.S. will request the extradition of Rejon Aguilar who is wanted in the U.S for drug trafficking under a 2008 Federal indictment in the District of Columbia.
On April 3, 1993, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar entered the Mexican Army in his home state of Campeche and in 1996 was assigned to Special Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE). In 1997, he was assigned to the Mexico’s Federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) as Agent "C" in the cities of Reynosa and Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas. In 1998 he was assigned to Saltillo, Coahuila.
El Mamito deserted in February 1999 and in March the same year, at the invitation of Arturo Guzman Decena, known as "The Z1", was integrated into the "Group of 14" (los 14) who founded "Los Zetas" as the armed wing of the "Gulf Cartel”.
This group, also known as first generation Zetas, was composed of, among others, Arturo Guzman Decena, known as "Z-1", who died in 2002; Alejandro Lucio Morales Betancourt, “Z-2", arrested in 2001; Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "El Lazca", current leader of the organization; Mateo Díaz López, "Z-6", incarcerated in 2006; Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, “el Mamito”; Oscar Guerrero Silva, "Z-8", who committed suicide; Omar Pitalúa Lorméndez, "Z-9" detained in 2005: and Efraín Teodoro Torres "Z-14", who died in 2007.
Rejon Aguilar’s first criminal activities were providing protection for the safe houses of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, then head of the Gulf Cartel, where money, drugs and weapons were stored.
After winning the confidence of Cárdenas Guillén, Rejon Aguilar was assigned the responsibility for the safety of his family.
After the capture of Osiel Cardenas Guillen in 2003 Los Zetas, led by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, assumed a higher position in the structure of the "Gulf Cartel" assuming greater responsibilities and conducting independent criminal activities in areas where the Gulf Cartel was present.
At that time Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, alias "The Mummy" allegedly participated in the following offenses:
◦ The escape of Daniel Perez Rojas “el Cachetes”, Deyanira Flores, Manuel Alquicires García "El Loco Meme" and Enrique Gonzalez Rodriguez, all alleged members of the Gulf Cartel, from a prison in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on December 27, 2002.
◦ Clashes against the Sinaloa Cartel in 2004 and 2005 in the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
◦ In 2004, attempted to carry out the escape of Osiel Cardenas Guillen from the Altiplano prison.
In 2007 Rejon Aguilar was assigned to the streets of Nuevo Laredo and Miguel Aleman under the command of Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, “Z-40", where he remained until early 2009.
After the rupture between the "Gulf Cartel" and "Los Zetas" in 2010, Jesus Enrique Aguilar Rejon, was assigned as the regional coordinator in the states of central and northern Mexico.
Rejon Aguilart was arrested along with Pedro Ortega Herrera, 32-year-old native of Mexico City, identified as an active police official with the Ministry of Public Security in Mexico City. Ortega Herrera was responsible for providing security and support for Rejon Aguilar during travel to the state of Campeche.