Patino Lopez, 46, was arrested on Wednesday of this week.
Father Goyo says, that Patiño Lopez told authorities in her statement, that Tuta was escorted from place to place by the Department of Defense. She says that during those transfers he wears a military uniform.
He added that "the Department of Defense receives a million-dollar payroll for the service. It was not known if it was a general or a colonel who is directly involved.
He also stated that recently, autodefensas while conducting surveillance near Tumbiscatio, they reported detecting a suspicious "security barrier, created by soldiers".
Tuta has long been thought to have protection by state and federal agencies working in Michoacan. Much as other capos ensure corrupt federal and state agencies by high payouts, or "putting them on the payroll".
Mencho is said to have federal police on his protection team working in Guerrero and on the Guerrero/Michoacan border. When American Harry Devert was kidnapped, one of the rumors was federal police tipped off Mencho, thinking Devert was DEA, and Mencho had the Sierra Santana brothers pick him up. In Devert's last conversation with his girlfriend, he told her that he had been escorted by "military" and that another group was going to meet him in the next town. His body was discovered in Guerrero last month.
Ana Patiño Lopez, is Tuta's first wife, and mother of Huber and Sayonara. It is not uncommon in
Tuta had a second "wife", and was to marry his long time girlfriend but her arrest this year put a damper on that plan. He met the 18 year old at a cock fight in 2007, (at right)and they had been in a relationship since that time. They had no known children.
When Patiño Lopez was arrested, she had 6 cell phones, computer equipment, 120k Cuban National currency, and 6,350 USD. She also had in her possession 5 boxes of the prescription drug Klonopin. Klonopin is prescriped for a variety of illnesses, anxiety, bipolar and seizures.