Friday, January 6, 2017

El Duende, head of Los Viagras in Apatzingan detained

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

Subject Matter: Los Viagras
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Francisco Castellanos

A joint operation with Police and Military captured Omar M.. "El Duende", alleged leader of  a cell of the criminal group known as Los Viagras.

The Secretary of Public Security (SSP) informed that around 3pm Thursday, elements of the Michoacán Police and Sedena carried out a reconnaissance of the Vista Hermosa Colonia, located at the exit of the Acahuato community, and while travelling along Calle 20th of November came across a white Honda with two persons on board.

When the vehicles occupants noticed the presence of the military and police they fled the vehicle and escaped, but almost immediately were captured.

According to authorities, the van that men were travelling in had only one licence plate which did not correspond to the characteristics of the vehicle, and also had a changed chassis number.

Intelligence sources signalled that "El Duende", 25 years of age worked under the orders of the Sierra Santana brothers,, known as Los Viagra, who allegedly instructed them to carry out reconnaissance duties (Halcones) in order to advise them of the presence of operations in the zone.

The criminal group headed by Omar M in known in the structure of Los Viagras as "Duendes Cell", and has its base in this locality.

Omar and his accomplice, Raul V, 18 years of age, were put at the disposition of competent authorities.

Also put at their disposition were 5 packets of marijuana and 12 of crystal meth that were found in their clothes, as well as the vehicle in which they were travelling. Juan Bernado Corona Martinez, of the SSP, assured that in coordination with the three levels of Government, that these forces will work in a permanent manner in order to finish off the remnants of the criminal organization and guarantee the peace and order for Michoacanos.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso