By Rafael Carranza
The Zeta leader for the embattled port city of Veracruz, Mexico is in federal custody following his arrest on Tuesday.
The Mexican Navy received an anonymous tip regarding the whereabouts of Carlos Arturo Pitalua-Carillo, also known as “El Bam Bam.”
Soldiers arrested him with five other men, and seized several high powered rifles and ammunition.
The Mexican Navy is linking all six men to two separate attacks on military checkpoints near the city.
Pituala-Carrillo is believed to be the Zetas’ leader for the port of Veracruz.
The city that has reached notoriety in recent weeks for the large number of killings targeting Zetas cartel members, by a group known as “Los Mata Zetas” or the Zetas Killers.
Back in September, the bodies of 35 suspected Zetas members and allies were dumped in the middle of a busy intersection.
Several days later, Mexican authorities uncovered the remains of 32 other people at several homes throughout the city.
Again, the group calling themselves the “Mata Zetas” also claimed responsibility.
The State of Veracruz, some eight hours south of the Rio Grande Valley, is the latest and one of fiercest battlegrounds between rivaling cartels.
The fighting can be traced to the ruthless Zetas cartel and the powerful Sinaloa Drug Cartel, which battle for control of profitable trafficking routes, especially along Mexico’s gulf coast.