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Blog del Narco: Leader of La Linea Working for Juarez Cartel Arrested
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A leader of La Linea, a gang that works for the Juarez cartel in the northern state of Chihuahua, was captured by the Federal Police in Queretaro, a state in central Mexico, the Public Safety Secretariat said.
Elmy Noe Hermosillo Trujillo, “identified as the local boss in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc,” is allegedly responsible for “introducing large quantities of drugs, mainly marijuana, into the United States,” the secretariat said.
The 31-year-old suspect, who is from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, began his criminal career in 2005, taking his orders from Cesar Arias Barrera, who was murdered last year, the secretariat said.
Guillermo Castillo Rubio, the No. 2 man in the Juarez drug cartel, made Hermosillo Trujillo the criminal organization’s operations chief in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc in December 2011, the secretariat said.
Hermosillo Trujillo took over the gang’s business in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc after Castillo Rubio’s arrest.
The suspect went to Queretaro at some point “due to the arrests of different members of this criminal organization,” the secretariat said.
Hermosillo Trujillo had an AR-15 assault rifle, a grenade, communications equipment and documents in his possession when he was arrested.
La Linea provides enforcers for the Juarez cartel in its war against the rival Sinaloa cartel for control of smuggling routes in northern Mexico.
The Juarez cartel was founded in 1993 by Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was known as the “Lord of the Skies” for his fleet of aircraft.
Amado’s brother, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, and his son, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, who was arrested in April 2009, took control of the cartel following the drug lord’s 1997 death after undergoing plastic surgery to disguise his identity.
The Juarez cartel, one of Mexico’s most violent criminal organizations, has been waging a war against the Sinaloa cartel that has left thousands of people dead in the past few years.