Suspected La Familia
June 22, 2011 by staff
Suspected La Familia, Mexican authorities on Tuesday said they had taken a fatal blow to one of the drug cartels in the countries most infamous after the arrest of its alleged leader. Jose de Jesus? S Mendez Vargas, known as the monkey or “The Monkey Mendez,” was arrested in a federal checkpoint in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. It is understood that no shots were fired – although there were some other details.
Mr. Mendez Vargas is suspected of leading the famous “Family” of the cartel, which separated from a larger group in 2006 and quickly made a name for itself with its ccktail of cult-like religious practices and ruthless violence.
He thought an official list of 37 most wanted criminals in Mexico, authorities offer a reward of 30 dollars for information leading to his capture.
Center-right administration in Mexico said that the arrest represented “the most overwhelming blow to the family”. In a press conference, Alejandro Poire, government security spokesman, added: “With this arrest, what was left of the leadership structure is now destroyed.”
The arrest of Mr. Mendez Vargas is the second blow to the organization in less than a year. In December, authorities shot and killed Nazario Moreno Gonz? Lez, founder and then leader of the organization.
Moreno Gonz? Lez, also known as “the most crazy,” had given his crime syndicate, a profile of cult walking around with a “spiritual handbook” filled with his own teachings and quotations, and forbidding any member organization by the consumption of drugs they sell. Family says he preaches “family values”.
A year before his death in a shootout with security forces in Mexico in his home state of Michoacan? N in central Mexico, U.S. authorities arrested 300 suspected members of the Family organization across 19 U.S. states.
At that time, Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, said the attacks had been a serious blow to the cartel, whose operations “go to the U.S.”
At the time of Moreno’s death, authorities in the U.S. and Mexico believed that the family was the largest exporter of methamphetamine for the U.S.
On Tuesday, the government of Mexico said that the latest arrest brings to 21 the number of cartel leaders senior killed or arrested since President Felipe Calder? N declared an offensive against organized crime in December 2006.
However, for all these successes, the crackdown has resulted in the deaths of some 40,000 people. ? The administration of Mr. Calder n insists that the vast majority of those involved – directly or indirectly – in the illegal business.
But the bloodshed has led to increased security concerns and, about a year he left before the presidential election, the popularity of Mr. Calder? N has suffered.
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