Hector Elias Flores Aceves, AKA ‘El 15’ or ‘Secre,’ Sinaloa Cartel’s leader in Quintana Roo, was arrested by the Mexican Navy

Operation in Sinaloa culminates with capturing Cancun's infamous cartel leader 'El 15,' a new dawn of peace and security in Quintana Roo.

The arrest of Hector Elias Flores Aceves alias “El 15”, “Secre,” “Pantera,” and/or “Rey,” head of the Cancún Quintana Roo plaza of the Sinaloa Cartel, who had been wanted for his involvement in the murders at kilometer 16.5 of Boulevard Kukulcán in the municipality of Benito Juárez, was announced this Saturday.

El Heraldo Digital consulted the National Detention Registry (RND), and the report mentions that the arrest occurred on May 12, and he is being transferred. Likewise, elements of the Special Operations Unit (UNOPES) of the Mexican Navy, in coordination with intelligence work, were able to apprehend “El 15” in Guamúchil, Sinaloa.

"El 15" is being transferred after his apprehension. | PHOTO: RND
“El 15” is being transferred after his apprehension. | PHOTO: RND

According to the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Quintana Roo, as a result of intelligence, field, and cabinet work, in collaboration with elements of the Secretary of the Navy(Semar), as well as the National Anti-Kidnapping Coordination(Conase) and other members of the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security of Quintana Roo, Hector Elias Flores Aceves, one of the main generators of violence in Quintana Roo, was arrested.

The accused was captured in compliance with an arrest warrant during an operation in Guamúchil, Sinaloa, where personnel from the FGE Quintana Roo, who coordinated with the three levels of government, went to. Once he arrived in the municipality of Benito Juarez, the accused was transferred to the Social Reinsertion Center(Cereso), where he was detained and placed at the disposal of the judicial authority that requested who would define his legal situation in the next few hours.


The FGE of Quintana Roo confirmed the arrest. | PHOTO: Twitter @FGEQuintanaRoo
The FGE of Quintana Roo confirmed the arrest. | PHOTO: Twitter @FGEQuintanaRoo

The Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s Office offered a reward for “Secre”

On April 3, the Attorney General’s Office of Quintana Roo announced that a reward of 1 million pesos was being offered for the whereabouts of Hector Elias Flores Aceves, who was wanted for being involved in the murders that took place at kilometer 16.5 of Kukulcán Boulevard in Cancún.

Héctor "F" was arrested a little more than a month after what happened in Cancún. | PHOTO: Twitter @FGEQuintanaRoo
Héctor “F” was arrested slightly over a month after what happened in Cancún. | PHOTO: Twitter @FGEQuintanaRoo

At that time, four lifeless bodies were found with bullet impacts, so security protocols were activated in the area, where elements of the three orders of the government arrived to capture the assailants. According to local media, the events occurred in front of national and international tourists, and subsequently, an investigation was opened into the discovery of the four murdered people.

Later that day, the Secretary of Citizen Security of Quintana Roo gave more details and confirmed the discovery of four people, not three as first reported. They also reported on the deployment of an operation to locate the alleged perpetrators: “There are two suspects involved in the incident who have been secured, as well as private security personnel, which the State Attorney General’s Office is questioning to determine who is responsible. The deceased are related to drug dealing activities, ruling out the possibility that they are workers of a lodging center or tourists”.