Unconfirmed reports from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state that the Los Zetas plaza chief in Nuevo Laredo, Jorge de la Peña alias "El Pompín", was killed in a shootout yesterday with Mexican Army soldiers.
The shootout, in which another gunman and one soldier also died, occurred at the intersection of Maclovio Herrera and Alvaro Obregon in downtown Nuevo Laredo, approximately one mile south from the International Bridge #1 that links the city with Laredo, Texas.
Two gunmen survived the shootout and were taken into custody. All four men were travelling in a white late model pickup when they were intercepted by an Army unit at around 12 noon.
Minutes after the late morning shootout, "narco" blockades were reported throughout the city.
The local newspaper in Laredo, the Laredo Morning Times, reported clashes in different areas of the city. The Morning Times quoted a Mexican federal source saying that some "halcones", or lookouts that provide early warning and intelligence functions for criminal gangs, were also killed by Army troops.
The name of Jorge de la Peña,"El Pompín", appeared in the Mexican press in May of this year after parts of the Marine interrogation of Sergio Mora "el Toto" were made public.
El Toto was the Los Zetas head of operations in the state of San Luis Potosi when the attack on ICE agents, in which agent Jaime Zapata was killed, occurred in that state in February of this year.
El Toto was swept up in the dragnet of Zetas from San Luis Potosi after the attack and was arrested in Saltillo, Coahuila.
During the interrogation El Toto identified "El Comandante Pompin" as the local head of the plaza for Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo. El Toto also identified El Pompin's second in command as Ramiro Rojas "El Comandante Rama Rojas" and Juan José González "El José" as the principal in charge of drug distribution in the city.
Sergio Mora "El Toto"
El Toto confirmed that Heriberto Lazcano is the leader of the Los Zetas organization and that Miguel Angel Trevino is the head of operations and second in the chain of command.
The third position in the Los Zetas hierarchy was identified as a person with the last name of Zamudio and known as "El Samurai" or "El Samy" who serves as the chief financial officer for the organization and supervises all Zeta "accountants" and "supervisors" from his base of operations in Nuevo Laredo.
El Toto recanted his statements made to the Marines after he was transferred to the custody of the PGR, Mexico's Attorney General's office, saying that the confession was forced under torture.
Halcones in Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, Tamaulipas.