Crime and Violence

“El Camello”, leader of “Los Aztecas” and the man believed to be responsible for the March U.S Consulate attack, is captured

The Federal Police (Policía Federal) detained the presumed leader of the “Los Aztecas,” Jesús Ernesto Chávez Castillo, alias “El Camello.” The forty-one year old is believed to be responsible for the March attack on the U.S Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Eduardo Ramón Pequeño, a federal police chief for the anti-drug division at the command center of Iztapalapa, detailed that Chávez Castillo was the one who planned the attempt and execution of the March 13 attack on the U.S Consulate because they allegedly facilitated visas to members of a rivaling group known as “Los Artistas Asesinos” or “AA.”

“Los Aztecas” is a group servicing “La Línea”, the armed unit of the Juárez cartel. According to W Radio, in his statement, Castillo recognized he was planning the assassination of  several members of the organized crime group “Los Artistas Asesinos”, a subgroup of the delinquent organization “Gente Nueva”, the armed unit of the Sinaloa cartel.

Castillo also acknowledged that he was responsible for the homicides of thirteen youth in Villas de Salvárcar at a party assuming it was a “Los Artistas Asesinos” meeting. According to the online news source Vanguardia, in response to that attack, “AA” with the support of “Los Mexicles,” attacked the rehabilitation center Faith and Life (Fe y Vida) where nineteen individuals were killed; six of which were presumed to be members of “La Línea”.

El Economista Online. “Cae líder de sicarios de ‘Los Aztecas’”. El Economista. 02 Julio, 2010.
Martínez, Raúl Flores, y Excélsior. “Cónsul daba visas a rivales, acusa sicario de Los Aztecas.” 02 Julio, 2010.
Tiempo. “Cae ‘El Camello’, integrante de La Línea y autor de la masacre en Fe y Vida.” Tiempo. 02 Julio, 2010.
El Universal. “Cae autor de ataque a consulado de EU en Juárez.” El Universal. 02 Julio, 2010.

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