MEXICO CITY – One of the top three leaders of the La Resistencia drug cartel, which operates in four of Mexico’s states, was arrested on Monday by the Federal Police, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
Victor Manuel Torres Garcia, a former Mexico state police officer, was captured in Uruapan, a city in the western state of Michoacan, located 417 kilometers (259 miles) west of Mexico City.
Torres Garcia was apparently headed to “meet with some leaders” of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the secretariat said.
La Resistencia was formed by members of the Milenio drug cartel with the backing of the La Familia and Gulf cartels.
The drug gang operates in Jalisco state, Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, Michoacan state and the Federal District.
Torres Garcia is one of the top bosses of La Resistencia, which is “in the process of reorganizing,” Federal Police chief Facundo Rosas told Televisa.
The suspect “was trying to establish activities for trafficking crystal, which is the synthetic drug that La Familia Michoacana has mainly produced in the past few years, and also to find areas where to operate again,” Rosas said.
Torres Garcia belonged to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and later joined the Milenio cartel, which was led by Oscar Orlando Nava Valencia, who was arrested in October 2009 by army troops, officials said.
Some members of the Milenio cartel formed La Resistencia after Nava Valencia’s arrest.
Torres Garcia was arrested along with his girlfriend, Maria del Sol Rojo Gonzalez, and a man identified as Juan Antonio Gonzalez Gonzalez, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
All three were handed over to federal prosecutors, the secretariat said.
Police seized an AK-47 assault rifle, two pistols, 338 rounds of ammunition, a bag of crystal methamphetamine and two other bags containing cocaine powder and crack cocaine from the suspects, the secretariat said. EFE