In a recent crackdown, a suspected member of the Tepito Union was apprehended in the Venustiano Carranza district of the capital. He was caught red-handed attempting to steal a cargo van with an accomplice. The incident was announced by the Secretary of Citizen Security (SSC), Omar García Harfuch, who detailed the arrest on social media. He also reported that the 22-year-old suspect had multiple doses of narcotics in his possession.
“Thanks to the timely intervention of SSC colleagues, a man who tried to steal a cargo van was arrested. Drugs, a firearm, and money were secured,” Harfuch stated on Tuesday morning. The incident unfolded as police officers patrolling Congreso de la Union Avenue, located in the Morelos neighborhood, spotted two individuals on a motorcycle, one of whom seemed to be carrying a firearm.
As the pair attempted to intercept a cargo unit traversing the area, police officers gave chase to prevent the commission of a crime. The suspects, however, lost control of their motorcycle while trying to evade the authorities, causing them to skid and crash on the pavement.
The two suspects fell under a pickup truck. One managed to flee, but the other was apprehended by officers. The Rescue and Medical Emergency Squadron (ERUM) was immediately summoned to attend to the injured suspect, identified as José Roberto. Roberto had suffered a cranial contusion and injuries to various parts of his body.
Given that his injuries did not necessitate hospitalization, the SSC agents conducted a search of his person. The search yielded approximately 30 wraps of marijuana, a firearm with nine bullets, cash, and a cell phone. “For these facts, the 22 year-old subject was detained, was informed of his legal rights and was presented together with what was seized before the agent of the Public Prosecutor’s Office,” the authorities disclosed.
The Tepito Union, the criminal organization to which Roberto allegedly belongs, maintains its operations center in CDMX. It is reported to be involved in crimes such as drug trafficking and extortion. Antonio Nieto, a journalist specializing in security issues, reported that the suspect goes by the alias of “El Güero” and is believed to work as a drug distributor for the Tepito Union.
Nieto also indicated that Roberto worked for Eduardo Ramírez Tiburcio, known as “El Chori”, a reputed leader of the criminal group. “El Chori” is currently one of the key figures in contention for the leadership of the Tepito Union.
In a related incident last September, the arrest of “El Chori’s” father, Alberto Ramírez, alias “El General Borja,” was reported. He was alleged to head a criminal cell involved in similar crimes. The arrest occurred at a property in the Morelos neighborhood of the Cuauhtémoc district, where a relative of “El Chori” was also taken into custody and packages of marijuana were confiscated.