PUEBLA, Mexico — Mexican army and police forces detained a suspected chief of a fuel-stealing gang, together with a tiger “guarding” his home, weapons and medicines, authorities mentioned. “We carried out two searches, seized firearms, medicine, radio communication gear and a tiger guarding the home,” Jesus Morales, safety secretary of the state of Puebla, east-central Mexico, mentioned Thursday.
Authorities accuse the unidentified suspect of being “one of many necessary leaders of a gang devoted to gasoline theft, taking gasoline from the city of San Martin Texmelucan, which generates violence.”
Within the detainee’s home, round 60 miles east of Mexico Metropolis, there have been additionally blankets with threatening messages apparently signed by the Jalisco NE Era Cartel.
Such blankets are sometimes left by drug traffickers with the our bodies of their victims, police commissioner Victor Torres Moreno informed the identical press convention on Thursday.
Gas theft has led to tens of millions in losses for Mexican state-owned petroleum firm Pemex, and Puebla state is a hotspot for the crime, with gangs generally colluding with staff and corrupt police.
As of Could 2, a complete of 119 cops in San Martin Texmelucan — together with the power’s director — had been dismissed on suspicion of such collusion.
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