The goal of the “Northern Lynx” operation, launched on July 16, was to strike a major blow to the “leadership, financial, operating and logistics structures of criminal gangs present in the states of San Luis Potosi, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas”
The army arrested nearly 200 suspects, killed 30 others and freed 12 kidnapping victims in a 20-day operation targeting organized crime in northeastern Mexico, the National Defense Secretariat said Thursday.
The goal of the “Northern Lynx” operation, launched on July 16, was to strike a major blow to the “leadership, financial, operating and logistics structures of criminal gangs present in the states of San Luis Potosi, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas,” the secretariat said in a statement.
The Zetas gang and its main rival, the Gulf cartel, are the criminal organizations most active in that region, although the former was hardest hit by the military operation.
More than 4,000 soldiers, 722 vehicles and 23 aircraft under the direct command of the head of the 4th Military Region, Gen. Noe Sandoval Alcazar, were deployed to the region for the operation.
The military carried out “search and information-gathering, intelligence and planning activities and executed precision operations,” the secretariat said.
The troops were the target of 26 armed attacks by organized crime members that resulted in one soldier killed and 21 others wounded. A total of 30 suspected drug-gang members were killed and 11 were wounded.
During the operation, the military personnel also freed 12 kidnapping victims, arrested 196 suspects and seized 1,217 weapons, 3.3 tons of marijuana, more than 260 vehicles, 188 communcations devices and 14 properties.
The secretariat also reported the death in combat Tuesday of Jorge Luis de la Peña Brizuela, "El Pompin", the purported leader of Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, just across the border from Laredo, Texas.
On that same day in Saltillo, Coahuila, the army detained Valdemar Quintanilla Soriana, "El Adal" – the suspected No. 2 Los Zetas financial operator – and another man in possession of more than 6 million pesos ($512,800) in cash.
Also Tuesday, the soldiers confiscated 6.5 million pesos ($555,555) that suspected Zetas members had stashed at a property in the town of Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon.
In San Luis Potosi city, capital of the likenamed state, the troops involved in Northern Lynx captured two other leading Zetas: Jose Angel Zapata Pantoja and Rafael Salmeron Rodriguez.
Sedena palomea Operación Lince
200 detenidos en 20 días por operativo del Ejército
Operación "Lince Norte" logró debilitar células del narcotráfico
Presumen duro golpe a “Los Zetas”; matan a 30