Chiapas, Mexico — Members of the federal police of Chiapas have arrested a total of 48 organized members of a gang as they were trying to cross the border into Guatemala.
The arrests came in batches in two different places, one of which was the municipality of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and the other, Frontera Comalapa, both on the border with Guatemala.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the detainees did not operate in Chiapas but only crossed the state to reach the border.
Javier López González, prosecutor of the Sierra Border District, explained that “Elements of the Inter-institutional Group managed the arrest of 48 individuals allegedly related to a criminal group when they moved to the neighboring country of Guatemala.
It is important to emphasize that this criminal group is not operating, nor are they established, in the state of Chiapas.”
Ten of the detainees were taken into custody in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the rest in a hotel located in the border area.
The Border District Attorney of Sierra said that police “Secured three vehicles, two 9-millimeter caliber firearms and 75 cartridges of the same caliber.”
He added that “Subsequently in Frontera Comalapa on the border with Guatemala, 38 more men were arrested. Two vehicles and 84 cartridges were confiscated.”
The arrest of the 48 people was achieved through an operation coordinated by elements of the Attorney General’s Office, the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, the Federal Police and the Mexican Army.