Cartel Hitmen Enter Hospital And Kill Wounded Rival Leader

Story ByAngjela TrajkovskaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News


A suspected cartel leader who was recovering in hospital from a recent shooting has been gunned down by gang rivals in his bed.

According to local media, 45-year-old Jesus Cancino Tellez, known as ‘El Apa’, was the suspected leader of the ‘La Familia Michoacana’ cartel and one of Mexico’s most wanted criminals.

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Reports said that Cancino Tellez was killed in a hospital in the city of Morelia in the central Mexican state of Michoacan while recovering from a shooting incident on 5th September which injured himself and killed his bodyguard Julian N.

According to local media, a group of armed men entered the hospital, neutralised the security detail protecting Cancino Tellez, and then shot the suspected cartel leader in the head.

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Reports said that they then fled the scene in front of shocked hospital workers and patients.

Meanwhile, one security was injured in the alleged hit.

Reports said that the attack was carried out by members of the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) who are also suspected of being involved in the shootout earlier this month that hospitalised Cancino Tellez.

At the end of August, suspected members of ‘La Familia Michoacana’ released a video warning to the CJNG.

In 2011, the Mexican Federal Police declared that the ‘La Familia Michoacana’ cartel had been disbanded following the arrest of then-leader Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas.

However, the organisation continues to exercise its power and influence throughout the states of Michoacan and Guerrero, according to reports.

The local authorities are investigating the alleged assassination.

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Angjela Trajkovska

I am a journalist and subeditor working for Central European News.