Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican troops capture "El Adal", high-level Zetas money man

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 |


A man suspected of being "the No. 2 operative at the national level of the economic-financial structure of the Los Zetas criminal organization" was captured by army troops in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, officials said Wednesday.

Valdemar "El Adal" Quintanilla Soriano was arrested on Tuesday in a raid staged on the basis of intelligence and surveillance work, the Defense Secretariat and the Attorney General's Office said.

Quintanilla Soriano worked closely with Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano and Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the two top leaders of Los Zetas.

The suspect traveled regularly between Monterrey, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, and the cities of Saltillo and Monclova, both located in Coahuila, to "coordinate accounting aspects and payments to authorities on the criminal organization's payroll," officials said.

Quintanilla Soriano previously worked as an accountant at the state level for Los Zetas in states where the cartel has a presence, such as Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Coahuila, the Cabinet departments said.

Quintanilla Soriano's assistant, Jose Guadalupe Yañez Martinez, who helped run the cartel's financial operations out of a safe house in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, was also arrested.

Army troops seized two rifles, a handgun, four automobiles, communications equipment and documents from the suspects.

Quintanilla Soriano and Yañez Martinez were paraded before reporters on Wednesday and the property seized in the raid was turned over to the Siedo organized crime unit of the AG's office.



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10 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

Probably a big step, if he did collaborate closely with Z40 and Lazca. These financial types seem to know a lot, remember they had to get El Teo's financial cheif, before they got him. But, once he fell, Teo was done in about a month or less.

Anonymous said...

Good step towards getting rid of these zetonas . Trust me these guys are singing their asses of lol their telling the government everything. Att. Para la federal partanle su madre a los hijos de su puta madre hasta que suelten la sopa. Puro

Anonymous said...

6 18 Hpefully they do get those 2. Mexican gov has been on a roll catching people and getting shitt done. If it wasn't for corruption, cartels would get stomped. I applaud calderon for having the balls to take the unpopular vote and take on the cartels head on. Turning the other way does nothing for the country.

Anonymous said...

what the hell do they have him in a safety vest for? usually on high profile perp walk they have them dressed in Kevlar, this asshat is dressed like a target, oh is Mexico, never mind!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah he kind of looks like Adal Ramones. More so than " el Brad Pitt"

Anonymous said...

It will not be long before Miguel trevino morales falls adios

Anonymous said...

It appears that with all of the high takedown arrest of the zetas it will not be long before either lazca or el 40 will be seems the authorities will be closing on the top echlon

Bones said...

If he really did work with lazca & 40, then he is going to give them up pretty quick. this guy is accountant, they wont even have to torture him, he'll sing like a canary

Anonymous said...

Sure a lot tell good info., but will the government follow thru and capture them. Hopefully there not corrupt enough to give them the heads up. Hate to be negative but corruptions bad I'm mex, but seems like there starting to cllamp down on these fuckers which is good

Anonymous said...

only a matter of time now before someone even bigger falls

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