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Old school crime ringleader finally arrested, dies days later

Mexico City, Mexico — Federal forces have arrested a man they believe to be a regional head of the Los Zetas crime ring.

Arrested in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, the alleged regional head of Los Zetas Old School, Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo, is being held responsible for his possible link to the 2010 killing of 72 migrants. He is also being linked to the disappearance of activist Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez and an American.

The 56-year-old is considered the ring leader of Los Zetas Vieja Escuela (Los Zetas Old School), a man they believed died several years ago, however he was recently tracked down at a hospital in San Fernando.

Officials of the Federal Government said that the suspect is in the facilities of the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) of the PGR, for alleged crimes of the coordinated killings in the municipality of San Fernando.

Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo is thought to be responsible for the wave of violence in Tamaulipas for heading a group of hired assassins who were responsible for kidnappings and homicides in the region. He is also linked to the murder of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez, representative of the missing person’s group in San Fernando, as well as the kidnapping of an American.

Police say he also operated in Ciudad Victoria. He was arrested in a hospital where he was receiving medical attention. The operation was headed by the Federal Police who reported that Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo died in hospital three days after his arrest.

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