MEXICO CITY – Authorities arrested a suspect in the July car bombing that left three people dead in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s Public Safety Department said Monday.
Jose Ivan Contreras Lumbreras, 27, and four associates were detained Sunday in Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, which lies just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
A federal police officer, a municipal cop and a paramedic were killed in the early evening of July 15 when a car packed with explosives was detonated as they were investigating a body dumped on a sidewalk in Juarez.
Authorities say Contreras killed the man whose body appeared prior to the blast.
He also confessed to having supervised the placement of the car bomb, the Public Safety Department said in a statement.
The bombing was apparently in retaliation for the arrest of Armando Acosta Hernandez, a reputed leader of “La Linea,” the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel.
Federal investigators said Contreras led a group of gunmen that provided logistical support for La Linea’s criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and murder.
Contreras has an arrest record dating back to 2008.
The officers who arrested Contreras and his associates seized a car, an SUV, two AK-47 assault rifles, two 9 mm pistols, ammunition, a pair of two-way radios, six cell phones and quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana packaged for retail sale. EFE