Thursday, August 11, 2011
"La Mano con Ojos" arrested in Tlalpan, Distrito Federal
Óscar Osvaldo García Montoya “El Compayito” or “La Mano con Ojos” was arrested this morning in Tlalpan, a burrough in Mexico City, D.F.
Garcia Montoya was the head of a ruthless criminal organization that took its name La Mano con Ojos from his alias and controlled retail drug sales in the Estado de Mexico municipalities of Huixquilucan, Naucalpan, Atizapán, Tultitlán Cuautitlán Izcalli and parts of Mexico City.
The arrest of Garcia Montoya was made a priority by law enforcement in the Mexico City metropolitan area with a reward of 5 million pesos after the brutal murders signed by his criminal organization in which the victims were beheaded began appearing in December of last year.
Since December at least 29 executions in Estado de Mexico and 10 in Mexico City have been attributed to la Mano con Ojos.
Garcia Montoya is said to have personally comitted 300 murders and ordered up to 600 others during his criminal career which began in 2002 as a sicario for the Beltran Leyva brothers. During this time he was a high level operative for Arturo Beltran Leyva, Édgar Valdez Villarreal "La Barbie", José Gerardo Álvarez "El Indio" and Jose Jorge Balderas “El JJ”.
Garcia Montoya served in Mexico’s Marines and under went counterinsurgency training in Guatemala by a unit of los Kaibiles, an elite Guatemalan army unit known for its extreme violence and human rights abuses during the civil war against leftist guerrillas in that country.
Garcia Montoya, 36 years old, was born in Guasave, Sinaloa, and served in police forces in Baja California and Sinaloa after leaving the military.
Among the executions attributed to Garcia Montoya was the beheading of 24 laborers in the La Marquesa area of Mexico City in 2009, a crime which shocked the nation at the time for its brutality that is commonplace today.