Cousin of La Tuta arrested

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Cousin of La Tuta arrested


by Miguel Garcia Tinoco

Uruapan, Michoacan. November 9 .- Juan Jose Martinez Mendoza, alleged cousin of Servando Gómez Martínez, La Tuta , leader of the Knights Templar , was arrested along with his wife Nidia Celeste Lombera Landa, in the town of Uruapan, Michoacan.

Elements of the Federal Police were the ones who made the arrest, when Juan Jose Martinez, 33, and his wife, 26, circulated on the old road to Santa Rosa, on the street which divides the colony Los Fresnos in Uruapan aboard a luxury vehicle type.

According to federal authorities, the prisoner said to be a cousin of the leader of the Knights Templar ; When searching the car they were traveling, federal agents seized 890 grams of synthetic drug known as crystal.

So far, federal authorities have not mentioned the part played by Juan José Martínez Mendoza in the criminal structure that operates in Michoacan.

The cousin of La Tuta and his wife are originally from the town of Arteaga, in the Tierra Caliente, and where, according to their identifications, they were living.

Both detainees were turned over to federal prosecutors to be involved in federal crimes; face charges of organized crime and health.

Ex-wife and children, held

Recently authorities apprehended Ana Patiño Lopez, former wife of Servando Gómez Martínez, while driving a vehicle reported as stolen, and she also had a large sum of cash, dollars and drugs.

Also three of the children of La Tuta are prisoners. The first to be arrested was Luis Servando Gomez Patiño, alias El Pelon , 28 January 2009. He is currently detained in Tepic, Nayarit, accused of organized crime, the health and violation of the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives.

Luis Alfredo Aguilera Esquivel 23-year-old identified as Servando Gomez unrecognized child, was arrested on May 5, 2014. According to authorities, he was engaged in extortion and kidnapping businessmen in different parts of the organization.

On 21 June this year, Huber Gomez Patino was arrested in Arteaga, Michoacan, after an operation mounted by federal forces.

Daughter of La Tuta, Sayonara Alejandra Gomez Patino was brought to testify before the PGJE, but was later released. It was mentioned that the authorities through the location and order of presentation was arrested and brought before the Public Prosecutor of the state, where he was questioned about the crimes imputed to his mother, Ana Patiño Lopez.