Rio Grande City man among cartel arrests in Miguel Aleman

Mexican Navy Photo

The Mexican Navy reports a Rio Grande City man is among three suspected Gulf Cartel members arrested across the border in Miguel Aleman.

Mexican Navy officials reported a Gulf Cartel leader and two men were arrested in the Tamaulipas border city on Wednesday.

Authorities were out on patrol when they allegedly spotted a suspicious vehicle off Calle Plan de Guadalupe between Avenidas Quinta and Sexta.

Investigators said the driver was acting suspicious when Navy personnel spotted two large assault rifles in the back seat.

The driver and his two passengers were asked to step out of their SUV.

Authorities searched the vehicle seized the weapons, ammunition, cash, marijuana and communications devices.

The Mexican Navy identified the suspects as:

Jose Alberto Silva-Martinez, aka El Polito, 34Juan Miguel Ruiz-Moreno, aka El Cuchi, 34Jorge Luis Lopez-Albarran, aka El Gordo, 23

Authorities reported identified Silva-Martinez as a Gulf Cartel leader and Ruiz-Moreno and Lopez-Albarran as members of the same drug trafficking organization.

Mexican officials reported that Ruiz-Moreno is from Rio Grande City.

Action 4 News learned that Ruiz-Moreno was arrested in a felony marijuana case in Hidalgo County in back in April 2001.

Public records show that he served prison time but was later paroled.

Details were not immediately available but Hidalgo County public records show that Ruiz-Moreno is listed as an absconder in his parole case.

Ruiz-Moreno and the two others are now facing federal charges in Mexico.

Miguel Aleman is located across the border from Roma.