Mexico City - Elements of the Army arrested Noel Salgueiro Nevarez, known as "El Flaco," who is consider the leader and founder of la Gente Nueva, or the New People, an organization that operates in Chihuahua under the command of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, the director of Social Communications of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that on Wednesday the alleged criminal was arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, by a precise operation where no shots were fired.
The official said, that Salgueiro Nevarez had within the Sinaloa Cartel a similar level of command that Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, "Nacho Coronel." His involvement in such a criminal organization makes for a big arrest.
Salgueiro Nevárez, said Trevilla, began his criminal activities as leader of Gente Nueva in 2007, in the State of Veracruz and later expanded his operations to Guerrero, Durango and Chihuahua.
In that State, the director said, with the increased of violence in Ciudad Juarez, where he was leading the dispute over control of the plaza of the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel, by controlling local gangs known as Artistas Asesinos and Los Mexicles.
"The detainee is considered to be responsible for kidnappings, extortions, tortures and the murder of large number of people in the State of Chihuahua, which includes various officials and prominent members of the business sector," explained Trevilla.
Salgueiro Nevarez was presented at the Department of Defense facilities and made available to the Deputy Attorney of Specialized Investigations of Organized Crime (SIEDO), which offered a reward of 3 million pesos, about $221,000 dollars, for his capture.