The Attorney General of the State, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez gave details of the confrontation happened yesterday in Cañadas, Culiacán.
The kidnapping victim at the core of the operation was restaurateur Ernesto Valdez Solano, who was kidnapped 10 days ago.
Valdez was abducted by three individuals as he arrived home.
That same day, the kidnappers contacted relatives of Ernesto Valdez for ransom of 70 million pesos.
It was an arrest of Luis Alberto Pérez Jacobo, that provided information about the kidnapping gang, that led authorities to the arrest of the gangs leader, Jaime Eduardo Quevedo Gastelum, aka Jaime Quevedo Carrillo, who is the son of Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes.("El Nino de Oro")
Rodolfo is the brother of the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, “El Señor de los Cielos”, leader of the Juárez Cartel. Amado died while undergoing plastic surgery in 1997.
Jaime explained the family decision to use his mother’s name of Quevedo Gastelum to avoid any issues when going to the United States.
Jaime was arrested along with two of his bodyguards Miguel Angel Castillo Carrillo (cousin of Jaime, son of Luz Berthia Carrillo Fuentes) and Nelson Quintero González, the trio were arrested as they traveled aboard a 2015 Mustang.
Following the arrests, an operation was launched to free Valdez, which triggered the 2 hour shootout in the colonia of Cañadas, Culiacán.
After the shootout, the body of Ernesto Valdez was discovered.
The attorney General emphasized, that according to the autopsy repor,t the victim had been dead for at least two hours. Valdez sustained two bullet holes, in the chest.
Previously kidnapped and killed his own Grandfather
A previous kidnapping victim was Jaime Antonio Quevedo Barrero, the maternal grandfather of the gang’s leader, Jaime (Carrillo Quevedo). He was abducted in December, 2014 and killed while being held.
A ransom of 400k MXN was demanded.
Seized in the operation were; 50 caliber, AR15 with grenade launcher attachment, f20 assault rifle, an AK-47 and a M16.
Two gang members were killed in the shootout, and four arrested ,they face up to 80 years for their crimes.