Eleno Salazar Flores, identified as a financial operator for the Gulf Cartel and who attempted to gain control of the criminal group, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of organized crime.
The Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that the conviction against Salazar Flores, arrested in 2014 in Reynosa, was fought by the Sixth Court of the District of Criminal Matters in the State of Mexico, based in Toluca.
The sentence also contemplates the payment of a fine of 33,645 pesos.
Salazar Flores, known as "Pantera 6", was a priority objective of the Tamaulipas Security Strategy.
He worked directly with Mario Armando Ramírez Treviño, "El Pelón" or "X-20", who was the leader of the Gulf Cartel until his arrest in 2013.
According to the National Security Commission (CNS), "Pantera 6" operated the traffic of people, weapons, money and drugs to the United States and was in charge of piso to other drug organizations in the border area Tamaulipas.
After being detained by federal forces, Monte Alejandro Rubido, then head of the CNS, pointed out that Salazar Flores had always maintained a secondary position within the criminal organization, but he was responsible for a significant part of the operational responsibility.
The official explained that when Ramírez Treviño assumed control of the Cartel, he ordered Salazar Flores to control the plaza in Camargo to coordinate the transfer of drugs to Reynosa and Rio Bravo.
"That situation allowed Eleno Salazar to climb into the structure until he became de facto the chief administrator of the group," Rubido said.
Salazar Flores later collaborated with Juan Manuel Rodríguez, "Juan Perros", successor of Ramírez Treviño for the leadership of the Gulf Cartel.
After the arrest of "Juan Perros", in May 2014, Salazar Flores began a war for the formal control of the criminal organization with José Francisco Loredo Gaona or Francisco Banda Lucio, known as "Paquito 77".
"Pantera 6" was captured in July of 2014 and interned in the maximum security prison of the Altiplano.