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Investigators arrest leader of Gulf Cartel 'rip crew'

The San Juan Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Marin Macrin "El Filtro" Cerda-Rios on Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of the San Juan Police Department via Twitter)

Investigators arrested the leader of a "rip crew" affiliated with the Gulf Cartel on Wednesday.

The San Juan Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Marin Macrin "El Filtro" Cerda-Rios on Wednesday morning.

Cerda headed a "rip crew" called Los Mickys, which is affiliated with the Gulf Cartel, said San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

Investigators believe Cerda, his brother Miguel Marin "El Tigre" Cerda-Rios and other members of the rip crew committed at least seven home invasion-style robberies, Gonzalez said. Members of Los Mickys have been linked to robberies in San Juan, McAllen, Mission and Edinburg.

Members of the rip crew face both federal and state charges for various crimes.

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