Zeta Leader, El Apache, Caught After Attempting To Swim Across Rio Grande Into Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE — A top Zeta lieutenant accused of leading a cell of hit men in Matamoros and Valle Hermoso is now in federal custody in Brownsville after he tried to swim across the Rio Grande on July 24, authorities said.
Arturo Castillo, also known as Oscar Castillo Flores, or “El Apache,” was arrested in Brownsville and remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Law enforcement officials in Mexico said Castillo led a band of hit men on a series of recent border firefights, including the shootout at the Matamoros municipal police station on June 9 in which seven Matamoros municipal police officers were killed.
Nina Pruneda, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said Castillo’s capture was the result of a joint operation that included ICE Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol and Brownsville police.
Details of the operation were not released, but Pruneda confirmed that Castillo was apprehended as part of the operation and remains in custody in the United States.
Castillo has been charged with one count of illegal entry.
After Castillo’s pending immigration charge is concluded, ICE will begin the extradition process with Mexico, which wants him on “grievous crimes,” Pruneda said. “Mexico is very interested in getting him back.”
Castillo is the brother of Alberto Castillo, also known as “El Beto Fabe,” who authorities say was involved in organized crime. He was killed execution style on May 17 and his body was dumped on a street in Matamoros.
A few days before Castillo’s arrest, 15 bodies bearing the marks of torture, with the large black “Z” of the Zetas gang painted on them, were found on the highway between Matamoros and San Fernando. A source with first-hand knowledge of criminal activity in Mexico, who asked not to be identified due to safety concerns, said they were part of El Apache’s group.
The Mexican navy arrested 12 Zetas in Valle Hermoso during a raid in a motel where they were hiding on July 25. According to the source, the men were also part of El Apache’s group.
About three weeks before Castillo was arrested, Mexican federal authorities found more than a dozen bodies on the highway near Matamoros.
Those bodies, too, showed signs of torture and, according to the source, were also members of El Apache’s group.
The source also said the Gulf Cartel is offering an unconfirmed $500,000 for the head of Castillo.
Re: Zeta Leader, El Apache, Caught After Attempting To Swim Across Rio Grande Into Brownsville
Interesting - because now it looks much more credible that there were in fact elements of Zetas in Texas that weekend. Laredo happens to be only 3 hours north of Brownsville. So if nothing happened on those Laredo ranches on July 23/24th - why were there a joint operation in south Texas between ICE, Border Patrol and local police on that SAME weekend?
I know; isn't it relieving to finally see ONE heartbeat out of The Herald? GOOD FOR YOU DANNY, MARCI AND PONCHO!! It can occasionally (after alot of neck stretching, throat clearing and assuring its posterior) make its voice heard. More in its comfort zone was the big front page article and picture they ran when JNG died in '01.
The organization now named cdg (and by more recent extension, the z's) has been been a fixture of the area in the plains and river (rio bravo and panuco) valleys on the eastern side of the "sierra madre oriental" range ("nuevo santander" and "huasteca") areas of mexico and tejas for decades and generations (suggest the BB forum thread "Matamoros"); this Herald story is in deep contrast to the suggested alarm (the audience for that alarm, i suggest, was outside of the affected area) of an incursion by armed, military grade mexicans.
The subtext I detected in the other story was "grab your pitchforks!" rather than, to inform.
Z..., from one news junkie to another: channel surfing will always be better than boutique media.
el apache can give ya a lead to so many cartels bringing so much drug into the USA inicent humans are diying because of those cartels USA dont let him go and get them fools let apache take ya to them those munipal police cops that die a few of them were the ones that muder beto fabe
Rancher claims Mexican cartels takeover Texas ranch -Police blotter confirms story is not a hoax
August 10, 2:00 AM · Kimberly Dvorak - San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner
After 16 days of denials by Laredo law enforcement and local officials regarding a Mexican drug cartel takeover of a Laredo area ranch, a Texas police blotter proves the alleged incident did in fact happen and that multiple agencies responded to the scene of a seized U.S. ranch.
Think about it for a moment.
One of the most brutal drug cartels operating in Mexico crossed the U.S. border and took a ranch from its lawful owner.
Intimidation has arrived along the southern border.
The police blotter tells the story of the events that unfolded on July 23rd;
“On Friday 7-23-10 Laredo Webb informed that their county SWAT Team is conducting an operation in the Mines Rd. area. According to LT. Garcia with LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) received a call from a ranch owner stating that the Zetas had taken over his ranch. As per the 17 (reporting person) he informed them that they stated La Compania (area business) was taking the ranch and no one was permitted on the ranch without permission. SO (Sheriff Office) will have an unmarked green Ford Taurus with two officers stationed at Los Compadres and a white Chevy Tahoe with two officers stationed at Mineral Rd. The LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) will maintain surveillance in the area and advise if action is taken. Susp (suspect) Veh (vehicle) are described as a gray or silver Audi, a BLK (black) Escalade or Navigator and a van truck with a logo of a car wash spot free on the side. Border Patrol also has their response team on scene. Also known info of BMW’s and Corvettes entering and leaving the area. Auth LT Lichtenberger if assistance is requested LPD (Laredo Police Department) will secure the outer perimeter. (07/24/10 07:42:10 NR1873)”
Cartels have crossed the sovereign borders of the United States causing multiple agencies to respond and the end result was a media blackout. It’s well documented that media blackouts in Mexico are happening because the cartels are threatening reporters and news outlets with bodily harm. The question is why American law enforcement agencies are giving reporters the “We can neither confirm nor deny the incident happened line?”
It was a law enforcement officer on the scene that also confirmed the incident in fact happened and officers on the ground said they “considered this an act of war.”
The cover-up surrounding this story has reverberated throughout other federal law enforcement agencies. A recently retired ICE veteran, John Sakelarides had plenty to say about the latest U.S. incursion.
“What do you call an invasion by foreign nationals who are armed and occupy territory belonging to a sovereign nation? An act of war. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Anyone who is denying this is what has occurred and that it constitutes an act of war is either an idiot or is somehow involved in this act of war.”
He continues to say, “If they (those covering-up the story) are elected representatives or government officials and they are aware that an act of war has been perpetrated against the United States, and refuse to admit it has occurred, much less do anything about it, is violating their oath of office.”
The approximate location of the U.S. ranch taken by the Zetas was 10 miles northwest of I-35 off Mines Road and Minerales Annex Road.
The Los Zetas drug cartel is an offshoot of the elite Mexican military trained in special ops, many of whom were trained by the U.S. military. The mercenary organization is said to include members of corrupt Mexican Federales, politicians as well as drug traffickers. The group was once part of the Gulf cartel, but has splintered and now directly competes with the Gulf cartel for premium drug smuggling routes in the Texas region.
The leader of Los Zetas cartel is Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano and the Zetas are considered the most violent paramilitary group in Mexico by the DEA. These drug cartels routinely kidnap tourists, infiltrate local municipalities and smuggle large quantities of narcotics into the U.S. marketplace.
A media firestorm ensued after this reporter posted a story on Saturday July 24, 2010. Now that the story is corroborated, it will be up to local media to track down what events took place after the Zetas seized a U.S ranch.
Stay tuned for updates reports throughout the week.