Sunday, May 27, 2018

Michoacan CJNG Lieutenant: "El Abuelo" arrested

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Violence erupts after the arrest

Note: “El Abuelo” was a narco working behind the mask of an autodefensa who in actuality was working for CJNG in conjunction with Viagras. 

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Juan José Farías Álvarez, "El Abuelo", who was the head of the self-defense group in Michoacán, was arrested this afternoon in Tepalcatepec for links with the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG).

It was confirmed to the Quadratín Agency that the operation was commanded by the Ministry of National Defense and the Navy, after which Farías Álvarez was taken to Mexico City.

He was the target of several investigations by the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office related to his alleged links with the CJNG, possession of a firearm and for intentional homicide, as well as several arrest warrants.

As a result of the arrest of "El Abuelo", in the Municipality of Tepalcatepec, blockades and burning of vehicles are reported on the different roads that cross through this municipality, as well as preventing the departure of a group of elements from the Secretariat of the National Defense that intervened in the contingency of the arrest.

Blockades and burning of vehicles are reported in Tepalcatepec

In addition, residents dissatisfied with the detention took charge of  the Municipal Palace of Tepalcatepec.

Farías Álvarez is presumed to be a lieutenant of CJNG and gained prominence in Tepalcatepec during the period of the self-defense groups, a group that  he  managed to infiltrate for his benefit.

In July 2017, elements of the Army, in coordination with the Michoacán Police, seized weapons and drugs on a property belonging to "El Abuelo" in the same locality.

And, last March, the Navy entered the Tierra Caliente zone with the objective of arresting Farías Álvarez.

After the arrest of "El Abuelo", the Governor of Michoacán - Silvano Aureoles - confirmed the incident and reported that he has already given instructions to the State authorities to strengthen surveillance in the Tierra Caliente region.

"I have given instructions to @MichoacanPGJ and @MICHOACANSSP to strengthen operational and surveillance actions in order to safeguard order and tranquility in the Tierra Caliente region, after this arrest," said the President in his Twitter account.