Mexican Police Arrest Central American Contact for Zetas

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Mexican Federal Police arrested Eduardo Ramírez Valencia, alias ‘El Profe,’ an alleged operator of the Zetas crime syndicate in the State of Hidalgo.

The Sinaloan daily El Noroeste reports that Ramírez was arrested in the town of Huejutla, Hidalgo, along with Rubén Barragán Monterrubio,alias ‘El Monte,’ in possession of four rifles, a handgun and 288 cartridges of various calibres, as well as four checks from different banks for a total of 430,000 pesos, all made out to Ramírez. According to federal police spokesman Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Ramírez was the Zetas’ contact in Panama and the Dominican Republic for the smuggling of drugs into the United States. It is the first time, he said, that authorities have found evidence that the criminal organization used the Panama-Dominican Republic route for moving drugs, although the route is commonly used by other criminal organizations.

Ramírez described the arrest as a setback to the Zetas’ distribution networks, and said it was part of the state’s larger strategy of containment to prevent the spread of criminal groups in the country’s central region.

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