MEXICO CITY – Federal Police officers rescued two people who had been kidnapped in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and arrested a gunman who worked for the Gulf drug cartel, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
Mario David Ruiz Morales was arrested Thursday after a police patrol spotted a suspicious SUV and took fire from the vehicle.
“The federal officers repelled the attack and a chase started, resulting in the capture of a suspected criminal linked to the Gulf cartel criminal organization,” the secretariat said.
Officers seized a grenade launcher, an AK-47 assault rifle, an AR-15 rifle and three carbines from the suspect.
The 34-year-old Ruiz Morales was also carrying ammunition clips and hundreds of rounds of ammunition of different calibers, as well as a fragmentation grenade.
“Intelligence reports indicate that Ruiz Morales ... has been identified as the one in charge of guarding the safe houses (where kidnapping victims are kept) and of guarding the warehouses, as well as of carrying out” kidnappings that end up in murders, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
Police “freed two kidnapping victims,” who were from Veracruz state and were left behind in an SUV that the criminals abandoned, the secretariat said, adding that the hostages were “handcuffed and blindfolded.”