A total of 22 municipal and ministerial policemen including a former agent, were arrested yesterday by the Safety Group Coordination Inter-agency of Tabasco as suspected accomplices of Los Zetas, said the Attorney General of the State (PGJE).
In a statement the PGJE said this arrest of the police officers is the result of an operation in the municipalities of Centro, Cardenas, Comalcalco and Huimanguillo, based in statements from Santos Ramirez Morales, aka "Santo Sapo," plaza boss of Los Zetas who was arrested on November 24 in Ocozocoautla, Chiapas.
The state agency said that of those captured, 12 belong to the Ministerial Police of Centro, 5 along with the former agent are from Huimanguillo, 4 are from Comalcalco and one is from Cardenas.
These municipalities are in the region of Chontalpa, main territory of influence of the Zetas in Tabasco.
Translated to the Special Prosecutor for Combating Kidnapping, for investigation were ministerial police officers Alfonso Rueda Palma, Lenín Silvano Pérez, Nahún Domínguez Ramos and Jorge Alberto Olvera Márquez, El Chilango.
Also arrested were Javier Alonso Hernández, El Chancla; Víctor Domínguez Hidalgo, Regino Bautista de la Cruz, Rafael Javier Jiménez López, Marco Antonio Morales Avalos, Joaquín Ruiz García, El Mechudo; Víctor Ángel Montalvo Bello and Carlos García Bautista.
The officers of Cardenas that were arrested were identified as Ever Cadena Mollinedo, Felipe Burelo Burelo, Víctor Manuel Camacho López and Aníbal de Dios Jiménez.
From the town of Comalcalco was municipal police Bertino Broca Lázaro.
In Huimanguillo authorities located former municipal police officer Eleazar Mendoza Gomez along with active officers Luis Alfonso López Castañeda, Serio León Cruz, José Manuel Garduza Gerónimo, Candelario García García and Darwin Hernández Jiménez.
In that region is where according to authorities "Santos Sapo" ordered the execution of at least 25 policemen, two of them killed along with their entire family for refusing to collaborate in kidnappings and murders.
Sapo is also linked to execution of the family of a marine Melquisedec Angulo Córdova, who was killed in an operation where Arturo Beltran Leyva, alias "El Barbas" was also killed in December 2009.
Source: Informador, El Universal