Leading CJNG member known as El R15 or El Petrolero, arrested in Huauchinango, Puebla

Authorities seized drugs and a firearm during the Jalisco Cartel leader's arrest after multiple bodies were discovered in Poza Rica.
  1. A coordinated operation results in the arrest of Eder “N”, shedding light on the Jalisco Cartel’s expanding influence in Veracruz.
  2. The ongoing investigation uncovers multiple bodies in Poza Rica, indicating a deepening criminal network and sparking concerns of escalating violence.
  3. The CJNG faces internal strife as another leader, Francisco Jaramillo Valdovinos, meets a violent end, highlighting cartel rivalries and territorial disputes.

In a coordinated effort between the authorities of Puebla and Veracruz, Eder “N,” also known by the aliases El R15 and El Petrolero, was arrested. Aged 33, Eder “N” is believed to be a prominent leader of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG). His arrest could potentially be connected to the recent gruesome discovery of human remains in safe houses located in Poza Rica, Veracruz.

Criminal Ties and Apprehension

Eder “N” was a top target for law enforcement in Veracruz, having been implicated in numerous crimes, notably homicides. At the time of his arrest, authorities confiscated around 50 packets of what is suspected to be crystal meth, as well as a 38-caliber revolver.

Daniel Iván Cruz Luna, the chief of the SSP of Puebla, detailed that Eder “N” was apprehended in the municipality of Huauchinango, Puebla. The arrest took place there as the suspect, along with others, allegedly sought refuge in the state, even though his criminal operations were primarily based in Veracruz. Luna added, “In light of recent events where several dismembered bodies were discovered in Poza Rica, we had preliminary information that this individual and two other men were hiding in Puebla. He’s recognized as a potential head of the Jalisco Cartel in Veracruz.”

Several bodies were found by authorities after a search in Veracruz (Photo: Google Maps/Special)
Several bodies were found by authorities after a search in Veracruz (Photo: Google Maps/Special)

Despite attempting to elude capture by bribing officials, Eder “N” was ultimately taken into custody. He now awaits further legal proceedings under the jurisdiction of the ministerial authorities. While he has been associated with major crimes in Veracruz, specifics have not been provided by the SSP chief. The formal charges against him, announced on August 29th, include drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession, stemming from his arrest on August 24th.

Disturbing Discovery in Veracruz

Earlier in the month, on August 14th, authorities made a chilling discovery in Poza Rica. Multiple bodies were unearthed from freezers in two residential properties following a search of five locations. Six individuals were subsequently detained in relation to these findings. Contradicting initial reports, which suggested up to 34 bodies, Verónica Hernández Giadáns, the lead at the Veracruz State Attorney General’s Office, clarified that the count stood at a minimum of 13.

“Any claims regarding the exact number or identities of the deceased currently lack concrete evidence, so we can’t confirm a specific number at this time,” she stated. Three days later, another body, accompanied by a banner bearing the signature of the Los Tercios group, was discovered. The message accused Governor Cuitláhuac García of shielding an individual known as El Coco, who was purportedly responsible for the bodies.

"El Serio" was operating in Guerrero but was killed in Oaxaca (Photo: Especial).
“El Serio” was operating in Guerrero but was killed in Oaxaca (Photo: Especial).

Cartel Turmoil Continues

This arrest closely follows another significant incident involving the CJNG. Authorities in Oaxaca recently verified the death of Francisco Jaramillo Valdovinos, alias “El Serio,” another reputed leader of the CJNG. Reportedly killed by members of an opposing faction, “El Serio” was primarily active in Guerrero but met his end in Oaxaca. He had only been in Oaxaca for a few months, operating out of Tierra Caliente, Guerrero.

At the time of his demise, he was in a white Dodge vehicle with a woman, identified as Adriana, who also lost her life. Notably, the deceased is related to Gregorio Portillo Mendoza, a former mayor of Zirándaro, Guerrero.