By Chris Covert
A total of 11 suspects were detained by Policia Federal (PF) agents in Zacatecas state Tuesday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news story posted in the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, the PF security operation took place at a residence on Calle Francisco de Asis in Papatonin colony at around 1020 hrs. The unit based the raid on intelligence acquired which indicated the criminal group was allegedly engaged in retail drug sales and recruitment for the Los Zetas criminal gang.
The security operation involved 25 vehicles including two Rhinos, which are wheeled armored personnel carriers used by the PF. Of the 11 detained, two were from Zacatecas, two were from Guatemala and two were women.
The detainees were identified as Jorge Francisco Rodriguez Carmona, 21, Coahuila, Bryan Lopez Almeida, 17, Ojocaliente, Olga Lidia Almeida Davila, 36, Ojocaliente, Juan Manuel Ortiz Lopez, 24, Coahuila, Devora Gissel Vargas Guerrero, 19, Coahuila, Eddin Roberto Call Vargas AKA El Congo, 33, Guatemala, Roman Rios Garcia AKA La Curro, 28, Coahuila, Leonardo Hernandez Santos, 24, Coahuila, Alejandro Espinoza Valdez AKA El Bebé, 17, Coahuila, Francisco Capuccino Saucedo, 30, Guatemala, and Angel Aleman Macias, 20, Aguascalientes. Jorge Francisco Rodriguez Carmona was identified the leader of the cell.
Policia Federal agents also seized nine rifles, one handgun, ammunition, one Nissan Versa SUV and one Volkswagen Jetta sedan.
In other news, according to a news report posted on its website of El Sol de Zacatecas, a man was shot to death by municipal police agents early Monday morning.
Miguel Angel de la Cruz Marin attacked the headquarters of the Policia Preventativa in Juchipila municipality using an AK-47 rifle. No one was reported hurt in the assault. Official reports said the suspect had no links to organized crime, however, unofficial reports said that a link existed.
The same report referenced a PF operation late last month which dismantled a Gulf Cartel cell in Juchipila municipality. The cell's leader, Ampelio Ayala Martinez, AKA El Tio, 59, was among the detainees.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantbrug.com
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