36 members of La Familia Arrested
During the shootout, 11 criminals died and two federal police were injuried. Following clashes between criminal groups and federal forces in Apatzingan, Michoacan, Federal Police said it detained 36 alleged members of criminal organization known as "La Familia" in the village of Las Lomas, Municipality of Jilotlan, Jalisco. This action was the result of following lines of investigation following the attack on a helicopter of the Federal Police last Tuesday, after it was learned that yesterday there would be a meeting of armed commandos on the edge of Michoacan and Jalisco. Three alleged leaders of this criminal organization were also arrested in this action, Ambriz Gaudiyur Altamirano, Cesar Barragan Valencia and Gerardo Fernandez Covarrubias, while 11 suspects were killed and two federal police officers were injured.
Facundo Rosas, General Commissioner of the Federal Police, said that with this blow La Familia Michoacana was greatly weakened. The official said that after the federal government's action in December 2010 in the area of Apatzingan, Michoacan, the leadership of this group was left under Enrique Plancarte Solis, identified by authorities as "La Chiva" and of Joseph Jesus Mendez Vargas, known in the police forces as "El Chango Mendez." "During the investigation it was known that in early 2011 began disagreements over control of the organization between Plancarte Solis and Jesus Mendez Vargas." According to the Federal Police Commissioner, Enrique Plancarte and Servando Gómez Martínez, "La Tuta", in response decided to formed the organization of the Knights Templar to deal with La Familia . "This blow has affected the operational structure of the group led by Mendez Vargas, which leaves him weakened, so the possibility is not ruled out seeking the support of other criminal organizations to take on the Knights Templar."
After their arrest the Federal Police seized an arsenal, tactical helmets, ballistic vests, and more than 21 000 rounds of ammunition, as well as high-powered rifles. Facundo Rosas said the arrest of this criminal group, which is related to attacks on a helicopter of the Federal Police, in Apatzingan, the population affected by the clashes this week has returned to their home communities.