By Chris Covert
A local Los Zetas security chief was detained Wednesday by a Mexican Naval Infantry detail in Xalapa, Veracruz, according to a news release posted on the website of the Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR), the controlling agency for the Mexican Navy.
The unit was dispatched to a location in Animas colony based on an anonymous complaint of shots fired. The suspect, identified as Luis Alberto Perez Casanova AKA Casanova, was aboard a sedan, and attempted to flee the area as soon as he observed the marine unit. The road unit blocked his attempt to flee, then detained him.
Marines seized one rifle, three handguns, 15 weapons magazines, 242 rounds of ammunition, two fragmentation grenades, 16 kilograms of marijuana, a quantity of cocaine divided for retail sale, communications equipment, the sedan, and miscellaneous contraband.
Perez Casanova is said to be the security chief for the central region of Veracruz, specifically in Xalapa.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com