New details released about Gulf Cartel leader's death
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 23:27:41 GMT —
Gulf Cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen was protected by an elite group of bodyguards and escaped capture at least twice in the days before his death, Mexican authorities revealed on Sunday.Cardenas-Guillen, who went by the nickname "Tony Tormenta," was killed in at the end of a series of gun battles that paralyzed Matamoros for eight hours on Friday.
The Mexican Navy held a press conference about the at its headquarters in Mexico City on Sunday afternoon.
The El Universal newspaper reported that spokesman Jose Luis Vergara did not take questions from reporters but provided details at length.
Vergara told reporters that authorities and been on Cardenas-Guillen's tail for at least six months.
El Universal reported that it all started back on March 31st when two Gulf Cartel members were arrested.
It all started back on March 31st when two Gulf Cartel members were arrested provided authorities with information about Cardenas-Guillen.
On April 7th, Gulf Cartel members were involved in a shootout with a rival drug trafficking organization.
El Universal reported that three gunmen arrested during in the incident confirmed the existence of an elite group of Gulf Cartel gunmen named "Los Escorpiones" or "The Scorpions."
Mexican Navy marines arrested 17 reported Gulf Cartel members back in October.
El Universal reported that a cat-and-mouse continued in Matamoros through that time until November.
The Mexican Navy raided a home on Calle Canal in the Colonia Expo Fiesta Oriente in hopes of catching Cardenas-Guillen back on November 1st.
Cardenas-Guillen escaped but authorities found 230 grenades, assault rifles and ammunition inside.
Mexican authorities told El Unversal that Cardenas-Guillen participated in a shootout with gunmen from a rival drug trafficking organization in front of the busy Plaza Fiesta shopping center on Friday.
El Universal reported that a second shootout took place in a nearby neighborhood where El Expreso reporter Carlos Alberto Guajardo-Romero was killed.
The Mexican Navy reported that it received information on Friday afternoon that Cardenas-Guillen was inside a building off Calle Abosolo in downtown Matamoros.
Authorities created a perimeter using 660 troops, 17 vehicles and three helicopters.
An intense two-hour gun battle using grenades and assault rifles erupted leaving Cardenas-Guillen and four of his men dead at 5:35 p.m. Friday.
El Universal reported that Mexican authorities identified the gunmen as members of the "Los Escorpiones" group:
Sergio Antonio Fuentes "El Tyson" o " Escorpion 1" Sergio M. Vazquez o Raul Marmolejo Gmez "Escorpin 18" Hugo Lira "Escorpin 26" Refugio Adalberto Vargas Cortes "Escorpin 42"
El Universal reported that two of the "Los Escorpiones" gunmen were wounded in the battle and arrested. They were identified as:
Marcos Antonio Cortes Rodrguez. "Escorpin 37" Josue Gonzalez Rodriguez, "Escorpin 43"
El Universal reported that the two men remain in custody where they are facing federal charges.
The Mexican Navy reported that three Marines and one soldier were killed during Friday's violence in Matamoros.
The names of the troops was not released but El Universal reporrted that military leaders expressed their condolences.
Military leaders told reporters that the Mexican Navy had
The Mexican Navy reported that over the past six months it has arrested 47 Gulf Cartel members and seized:
92 assault rifles 12 handguns 27 grenades 111,000+ ammunition cartridges 2 rocket launchers se i 518 ammo clips $558,000 pesos $300,000 dollars 44 vehicles
It's not clear how the loss of Cardenas-Guillen will affect the drug trafficking organization or its war with former allies Los Zetas.
The Gulf Cartel's next-in-command Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez, who goes by the nickname "El Coss," remains at large.