Los Zetas cartel member 'Comandante Cano' arrested in Mexico

By Andrew V. Pestano

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The government of Mexico's Tamaulipas state said José Luis "Comandante Cano" Lumbreras, a known leader within the Los Zetas cartel, has been arrested.

Mexican security officials freed two people who were kidnapped by the group in an operation that occurred on Tuesday in Ciudad Victoria. The security operation was carried out in coordination with members of the Tamaulipas State Attorney General's Office, the Mexican army, State Police and Federal Police.


Cano Lumbreras, also known as "El Cano" and "Pepe Cano," is accused of leading a cell within Los Zetas that is accused of murders, kidnapping, extortion and thefts.

Four people were also arrested, two of whom were identified as Saúl "N" and Jesús Mario "N."

Last week, two lieutenants of Mexico's Secretariat of National Defense who attempted to sell 11 AK-47s and three AR-15s to members of the Los Zetas cartel for about $5,000 were arrested.

Los Zetas is a vast criminal enterprise involved in drug, firearms and sex trafficking based in Nuevo Laredo, a town bordering the United States in Tamaulipas. The cartel is a rival of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel.

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