The captured of a certain Gulf cartel boss and five of the bodyguards of the Gulf Cartel leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla, El Coss, was the reasons that helped the Mexican Marines to apprehend the kingpin hours later.
Seized and presented to the media were a lot of expensive jewelry, but also, Coss was in possession of two watches made from metal of the actual Titanic. The watches were part of a 200,012 limited edition made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner. According to the company that designed the watches, each piece costs $10,000 dollars.
The Navy confessed that in addition to the bodyguards arrested in Rio Bravo, there was another key element that allowed for the fall of the capo was Mario Alberto Cárdenas Guillén, brother of Osiel that had been arrested last week.
The confessions of the bodyguards and of Mario Alberto who is an enemy of El Coss, enabled the naval intelligence to gather enough intelligence in order to send 30 of its Special Forces to arrest the leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Vice Admiral Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the naval agency, said that at nine o'clock on Wednesday morning, military personnel sustained a showdown at Rio Bravo with five bodyguards the capo who were wearing fake uniforms of the military institution.
Based on information provided by the suspects, at 18:15 of that same day, military forces conducted an operation on Lomas de Rosales, Tampico, which resulted in a pursuit of a vehicle that contained bodyguards belonging to El Coss.
The suspects fled to a residence where the boss was located and was arrested without any resistance.
The Admiral said that the bodyguards of El Coss had confronted the Mexican marines in Buenavista, a municipality of Rio Bravo. Once apprehended they were identified as the bodyguards. Authorities seized six long rifles, more than 3,500 rounds of ammunition, 140 magazines and eight bulletproof vests.
The escorts were identified as José Lugo Torres, El José; Jorge Luis Gutiérrez Quintanilla, 'El Flaco'; Naún Vázquez Loya, El Minitoy; José Felipe Torres, El Felipe, and José Ricardo Amado Álvarez, El Junior.
At 1815 hours on Wednesday 12 Mexican marines were conducting operations in Lomas de Rosales, in Tampico where they surprised more collaborators of El Coss.
After a brief chase, the marines caught up with the fleeing suspects as the attempted to enter a home where Costilla Sanchez was located.
They were all detained along with the Gulf Cartel plaza boss of Tampico, Ernesto Band Chaires, Campos.
The men arrested at the home were Miguel Ángel Muñoz Villanueva, El Profe; Servando Antonio Cano Arzola, 'El Güero'; Juan Carlos Castañeda Rodríguez, and Jaime Alberto Corona Constante.
There authorities seized weapons, vehicles and numerous amounts of jewelry that included the two watches.