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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Alleged Zetas held, linked to criminal activity,judge ordered that José María Leal Pantoja, alias "Chema" or "El Comandante Chema," and Rogelio Galván Rodríguez or Rogelio Valdez Rodríguez, alias "San Anto," be held.


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Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, or PGR, said Monday that two suspects will continue held for the probable commission of organized criminal activity.

 

The statement noted that a judge ordered that José María Leal Pantoja, alias "Chema" or "El Comandante Chema," and Rogelio Galván Rodríguez or Rogelio Valdez Rodríguez, alias "San Anto," be held.

 

The two suspects were detained by the military in the state of San Luis Potosi in March and are believed to be tied to the Zetas drug cartel.

 

The statement noted that there are indications that after Sergio Mora Cortez, alias "El Toto," was detained, Leal Pantoja was left in charge of the drug-trafficking corridor or plaza in San Luis Potosí, while Galván Rodríguez or Rogelio Valdez Rodríguez was Leal Pantoja’s bodyguard or hit man.

 

Mora Cortez is under detention, suspected of being tied to the slaying of ICE Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata on Feb. 15 in the state of San Luis Potosi.

 

Zapata, a Brownsville native and special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was killed by what Mexican officials have described as a squad of hit men from the Zetas.

 

Zapata was killed while traveling in a U.S. government SUV with diplomatic plates. ICE Special Agent Victor Avila was also wounded in the attack.

 

The PGR arrested Julian Zapata Espinoza, alias "El Piolín," and other alleged Zetas on Feb. 23 in San Luis Potosí. Officials say that Zapata Espinoza confessed to being the leader of a Zetas cell in San Luis Potosí and also to having led the attack on the two U.S. agents.

 

In late February, the Mexican navy in Saltillo in the state of Coahuila arrested Mora Cortes. The navy described Mora Cortes as an "important Zeta boss" and said he was arrested following Mexico and U.S. intelligence efforts.

 

The navy said that Mora Cortes was Zapata Espinoza’s immediate boss.

 


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