14yo Son Of Cartel Boss Arrested For Kidnapping

Story ByAna Lacasa, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgency:Central European News

This 14-year-old son of a former cartel leader has been arrested after cops allegedly found him with a kidnapped woman tied up in the back of the car he was travelling in.

Alexis Perez, 14, son of the former leader of the Tlahuac cartel, Felipe de Jesus Perez Luna, alias El Ojos, was arrested in the Nopalera colony, in the municipality of Tlahuac, in Mexico City, the Mexican capital.

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Local media report police officers were carrying out random checks of vehicles when they noticed a woman tied up in the back of a car who begged them for help.

The victim, whose name was not reported, was reportedly rescued and the police officers seized a kilogramme of cannabis, a replica assault rifle and handgun.

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Perez was arrested along with other four people, most of them underage, and they were taken to the prosecution where a criminal investigation into kidnapping was launched.

The authorities confirmed Perez was the son of former cartel boss Felipe de Jesus Perez Luna, who was killed in July 2017 by Marines.

The General Prosecution confirmed at the end of 2019 that with the arrest of Luna’s successors, two men, two women and another teenager, that the Tlahuac Cartel had almost been dismantled.

Alexis Perez’s brother Kevin was arrested in 2018 when he was 16 and charged with homicide, drug smuggling and weapon possession.

The Secretary of Security of Mexico City, Omar Garcia Harfuch, said to local media that the Tlahuac Cartel was very weak but one of Luna’s sons-in-law was still wanted.

The cartel started as a gang of kidnappers and grew into a cartel in 2000. Luna was reportedly linked with the Beltran-Leyva brothers, who worked with the drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman before the separation of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.