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.
PGR link: EJÉRCITO MEXICANO DETIENE EN SALTILLO, COAH., A UNO DE LOS PRINCIPALES OPERADORES FINANCIEROS A NIVEL NACIONAL, DEL GRUPO DELICTIVO LOS ZETAS