MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities said a regional leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and 11 other members of that criminal organization were killed in a shootout with federal forces.
Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez and 11 accomplices were killed in the clash, the Navy Secretariat (Semar) said on Twitter about the operation, which took place Thursday night.
The Government Secretariat (Mexico’s equivalent of an interior ministry) reported on its Twitter account that Patron Sanchez was “leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel in Nayarit and southern Jalisco.”
Patron Sanchez, the purported leader of the Beltran Leyva criminal organization in the western state of Nayarit and the southern part of the western state of Jalisco, was killed in Tepic, Nayarit, after a lengthy exchange of gunfire.
In order to “diminish the level of aggression and reduce the danger of casualties among civilians and federal forces,” the troops repelled the drug traffickers “with the support of deterrent gunfire from a helicopter,” Semar said.
It also said that on a reconnaissance mission, the navy dispersed a second attack near the city’s airport and “killed four criminals” who belonged to the same gang.
On Thursday night, local media aired a video of the moment when navy forces blasted bright volleys of gunshot at the suspected drug traffickers from a helicopter while flying over Tepic’s Lindavista suburb.