MEXICO CITY – A man who was allegedly storing a large quantity of weapons near where drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed last week was arrested by army troops, the Mexican Defense Secretariat said.
Emilio Guzman Montejo was storing 41 rifles, four pistols, 6,722 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, 233 ammunition clips, seven silencers, two telescopic sights and an armored SUV, as well as other gear, the secretariat said.
Officials did not say whether Guzman Montejo belonged to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
The army obtained information that armed men were inside vehicles at a house near where Beltran Leyva and his right-hand man, Jesus Nava Romero, were killed in a shootout last Wednesday with marines in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state.
Arturo Beltran Leyva and his brother, Mario Alberto, shared the leadership of the Beltran Leyva cartel, which arose as a splinter group of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
Nava Romero was responsible for the killing and decapitation of military personnel in the southern state of Guerrero, the Defense Secretariat said.
Specialists used DNA tests over the weekend to confirm that the body recovered after the shootout in Cuernavaca was that of Beltran Leyva, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Mexican federal police, meanwhile, captured a suspected Beltran Leyva drug cartel gunman who allegedly killed at least 109 people in Guerrero and Morelos, the Public Safety Secretariat said Sunday.
Jesus Basilio Araujo was arrested Friday in Jiutepec, a city in Morelos, along with an unidentified woman, the secretariat said.
The 36-year-old Araujo worked for the Beltran Leyva brothers in Guerrero and Morelos, taking over for Antonio and Mario Pineda Villa, who were murdered in September.
Araujo allegedly took his orders from Nava Romero.
Investigators suspect that Araujo may also have ties to “Los Zetas,” the armed wing of the Gulf cartel.
Araujo “is suspected of being responsible for more than 109 murders committed in the states of Guerrero and Morelos, where messages were left on the victims signed by ‘El Jefe de Jefes’ (The Boss of Bosses),” one of Arturo Beltran Leyva’s many aliases, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
Federal security forces stepped up operations against the Beltran Leyva cartel in Morelos after marines found several of the criminal organization’s members at a party in the town of Tepoztlan earlier this month.
A shootout between marines and cartel members left three gunmen dead and 11 others under arrest.
Authorities also arrested the members of several bands, including Ramon Ayala’s group, pending the completion of an investigation into their links to drug traffickers. EFE