El Chapo Cartel Member Arrested With Grenade Launcher

Story By: Amanda MoralesSub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash

This alleged member of El Chapo’s bloodthirst Sinaloa Cartel has been arrested in possession of a military rifle equipped with a grenade launcher and hundreds of bullets.

Suspect Jose Alfredo B. was arrested in the municipality of Sombrerete, in the state of Zacatecas, in central Mexico as agents from the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) were carrying out vehicle checks.

An official statement from the General Prosecutor’s Office said the officers were working on a rural road when they found three suspicious vehicles.

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When the officers approached the parked vehicles the people close to them are said to have fled.

Officers managed to capture Jose Alfredo B. and they seized his car.

In the vehicle, they found an assault rifle, a grenade launcher, two grenades, 18 clips of ammunition of different calibres and 494 cartridges, as can be seen in the images. The weapon is listed in Mexico as for the exclusive use of the armed forces.

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The suspect has been placed in preventive prison accused of possession of aggravated firearms and possession of ammunition.

The attorney general’s office has opened an investigation to clarify where the weapons came from and to investigate the detainee’s suspected connection to the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Sinaloa Cartel, formerly led by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, are currently involved in a deadly turf war in the state of Zacatecas, local media outlet Infobae report.

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Secretary of Public Security Ismael Camberos Hernandez previously said that 90 percent of the murders in the state can be attributed to the armed dispute between five organisations: the Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo), the Northeast Cartel (Noreste), the Sinaloa Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Talibanes, a splinter group of the Los Zetas cartel.

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