MEXICO CITY – Federal law enforcement agents arrested on Tuesday the leaders of two rival gangs in coordinated operations staged in the capital and Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told EFE.
Officers from the AG’s office’s Criminal Investigations Agency arrested a man who goes by the nickname “Tortas” and is suspected of being the leader of the Fuerza Anti-Union gang.
Media reports identified the suspect as Jorge Flores Concha.
The suspect was wanted in connection with murders, kidnappings, extortion rackets and drug sales in Mexico City, with most of the crimes committed in the eastern, northern and northeastern sections of the capital.
In a separate operation in Atizapan de Zaragoza, a city in Mexico state, authorities arrested a suspected gang leader who goes by the nickname “Jamon.”
The suspect is the reputed leader of the Union de Tepito gang and was allegedly involved in murders, kidnappings, drug dealing, extortion rackets, people trafficking and other crimes.
AG’s office spokesmen told EFE that arrest warrants had been issued for both suspects, adding that army troops and marines provided support in both operations.
The second suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, took control of the Union de Tepito gang following the arrest of David Garcia Ramirez, known as “Pistache,” in 2018, officials said.
The gang operates in the central and southern sections of Mexico City, as well as in Naucalpan de Juarez, a city in Mexico state, officials said.
The two suspects were taken to the offices of the SEIDO organized crime unit of the AG’s office.
The Union de Tepito and Fuerza Anti-Union are considered the two largest gangs operating in Mexico City and neighboring cities, and are suspected of being behind the wave of violence plaguing the capital.