November 7, 2013
The federal government’s security cabinet confirmed the arrest of Leopoldo Jaimes Valladares, aka “Polo”, President of the Asociación de Citrus growers Valley of Apatzingan, Michoacan.
He is a member of the criminal group the Knights Templar in charge of extortion with collections of 30,000 to 60,000 pesos from lemon producers and who is thought likely to have participated in attacks with explosives to the Federal electricity facilities.
Leopold, brother of the ex-municipal mayor of Apatzingan, Jose Guadalupe Jaimes Valladares, was detained on Sunday for his alleged involvement in attacks against various substations of the CFE.
In a joint statement between the Ministry of the Interior, PGR, National Commission of safety, Sedena and the Marines, it was reported that “to follow up on the actions to restore peace and security in the State of Michoacán” Federal Police captured him. At the time of his capture in the municipality of Apatzingán, the defendant carried a gun AK-47, two AK-47 magazines, 40 AK-47 rounds of ammunition, 31 cartridges 9 mm., 15 .380 caliber cartridges, a fragmentation, grenade four mobile phones, a vehicle reported as stolen, and credentials identifying him as an officer of the PGR
They reported that Leopoldo Jaimes is likely responsible for the offenses of possession of weapons exclusively used by the armed forces, extortion, car theft and they are investigating his possible involvement in the violent acts committed against the facilities of the Federal Electricity Commission”. He was transferred to the specialized attorney in investigation of organized crimeto make a statement before the public prosecutor of the Federation, who has to define his legal status within 48 hours. “Indications are in that this person was one of the main generators of violence in the region, since he is assigned as the one responsible for much of the extortion against the lemon producers of lemon in La Tierra Caliente,” said the Interior Ministry. Sources:Diariodeveracruz, Eleconomista, Proceso, aristeguinoticias, Notinfomex