MEXICO CITY – Three suspected members of a criminal outfit blamed for the deaths of four police officers were arrested in the central state of Morelos, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said on Friday.
One of the three, identified only as Pedro N, appears to have been in command of a cell of the Los Tequileros gang and is wanted for homicide, the AG Office said in a statement.
The other two suspects, Venancio N and Magdaleno N, were described as Pedro’s subordinates.
All three men have been involved in activities that include murder, kidnapping and extortion, according to the statement.
The arrests were carried out by the AIC, Mexico’s FBI, who caught up to the trio in the town of Temixco. The agents also confiscated a scale and what appeared to be powdered methamphetamine.
Authorities say Los Tequileros were behind a June 19 attack on police in the southern state of Guerrero. Four officers and one gunman died in the incident in San Miguel Totolapan, while seven other police were wounded.
Los Tequileros originated as a splinter group of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.