“El Pozolero” and associates arrested: nine alleged members of violent criminal cells apprehended in the State of Mexico raids

The Attorney General's Office of the State of Mexico (FGJEM) announced the arrest of nine alleged members of two criminal cells that generate high levels of violence in the south and east of the state, including the leader of a cell related to the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG).
  1. Nine alleged members of two criminal cells that generate high levels of violence in the south and east of Mexico state, as well as in the Toluca Valley, have been arrested by the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mexico (FGJEM) in coordination with various other government agencies.
  2. The alleged leader of one of the cells, Jaime Luis “N” alias “El Pozolero” and/or “666”, is believed to be connected to the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).
  3. During the arrest, possible human remains were discovered in a warehouse in Tenango del Valle, where it is believed that the criminals buried their victims after murdering and dismembering them.

The Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mexico (FGJEM) announced the arrest of nine alleged members of two criminal cells that generate high levels of violence in the south and east of the state, as well as in the Toluca Valley, among them Jaime Luis “N” alias “El Pozolero” and/or “666”, who is the alleged leader of a cell related to the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).

The FGJEM carried out the arrests in coordination with the Mexican State Security Secretariat (SS), the Mexican National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), the Security and Citizen Protection Secretariat, through the National Anti-Kidnapping Commission (Conase), the National Anti-Homicide Commission (Conaho) and the State of Mexico Search Commission (Cobupem). Likewise, it was possible to establish the presumed relationship of “El Pozolero” with the homicides in the Toluca Valley and the southern region of the State of Mexico.

The Prosecutor's Office reported on the arrests on Friday. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex
The Prosecutor’s Office reported on the arrests on Friday. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex

For this reason, the Public Prosecutor’s Office requested the Judicial Authority to issue search warrants for properties where criminal activity was presumed, one of them in the municipality of Chapultepec and another one in Toluca, and one more in Tenango del Valle, where the remains of the possible victims were found on Friday morning.

In this context, Jaime Luis “N,” who is originally from Oaxaca, was served with a warrant for the crime of kidnapping with the aggravating circumstance of “working in a group of two or more persons, with violence and causing injuries to the victim during the captivity.” The above for what happened on August 8, 2022, when together with five other subjects, he participated in the kidnapping of a woman in Tenancingo whose phalanges were mutilated.

Jaime Luis "N" was arrested during the search. | PHOTO: FGJEM
Jaime Luis “N” was arrested during the search. | PHOTO: FGJEM

After this event, the victim was released, and those involved in the crime were arrested. Firearms and vehicles were also seized, but during the operation, “El Pozolero” fled while the other five subjects were charged with the aforementioned crime.

The FGJEM stated that in coordination with the SS, Sedena, Conase, and Conaho, they will continue investigating the participation of the detainees in other criminal acts of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion, among others. However, they are presumed innocent.

Searches were carried out in the State of Mexico. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex
Searches were carried out in the State of Mexico. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex

The macabre discovery during the searches

This Friday, several searches were carried out, and it was in the properties located in Cerrada Aldama street in the San Isidro neighborhood in Chapultepec and in Cerrada Antonio Caso street, in Santa Ana Tlapaltitlán neighborhood, in the municipality of Toluca, where Mexican authorities found wrappers with green grass, apparently marijuana.

In one of the buildings, at least 26 packages wrapped with possible human remains were found. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex
At least 26 packages wrapped with possible human remains were found in one of the buildings. | PHOTO: Twitter @FiscaliaEdomex

But it was in the property located in the La Joya neighborhood, in the municipality of Tenango del Valle, where at least 26 wrapped packages containing possible human remains were found. A warehouse was found on Revolucion street, where presumably the criminals buried their victims after murdering and dismembering them. So far, the identity, sex, or correspondence between the victims has not been established, but the authorities continue with the corresponding forensic processes.

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