By Chris Covert
Mexican Naval Infantry units have detained a total of nine suspects -- allegedly affiliated with the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel -- including two top leaders in three operations in Veracruz state, according to data provided by the Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR).
The three counternarcotics operations all took place in Boca del Río municipality, starting in Infonavit colony, where marines detained three suspects identified as José Manuel Sanchez Sanchez AKA Cunita, 42, Adriana Reyes Leal, 18, Noemi de la O. Rodriguez, 30, Martha Crisol Martínez Portillo AKA Tita, 22 and Levi Vergara Yepez AKA Coca, 25.
Marines also secured guns, munitions, quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana and one vehicle.
Based on an anonymous citizen's complains and from information developed from the Infovanit colony stop, marines were dispatched to Primero de Mayo where they detained two individuals on a motorcycle identified as Jorge Luis Feria Hernandez, 23 and José Francisco Torres Lopez, 27.
In Primero de Mayo Mexican Marines also seized guns, drugs and other contraband, including a motorcycle.
SEMAR said that Jorge Luis Feria Hernandez was the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel's financial agent for the area.
A final operation took place in Nueva Era colony where Marines detained Noe Humberto Hernandez Perez AKA La P, 28 and a female companion, Claribel Casas Duran, 24.
SEMAR said that Hernandez Perez was the Jalisco Nueva Generacion's plaza leader for the Boca del Rio/Veracruz region. Weapons drugs ammunition and other contraband were seized in the aftermath of the arrest.
The Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel's top leaders -- Erick Valencia Salazar, AKA El 85 and Nemesio Oseguera, AKA El Mencho -- were detained in a Mexican Army operation earlier last month in Jalisco state, the aftermath of which saw massive numbers of roadblocks and gun battles between cartel operatives and Mexican security forces in Guadalajara, Jalisco, which is the cartel's home turf.
You can read Borderland Beat stories on the Mexican Army operation in Guadalajara last month by clicking here and here
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com