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Puerto Rican Gulf cartel leader arrested in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco — A Puerto Rican cartel leader was arrested in the tourist pole of Puerto Vallarta Sunday after a six-month investigation.

In a press release Monday, authorities said that Víctor Manuel N, who is also referred to as Comandante Viento or el Pantera 16, was arrested without incident in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday.

“Elements of the Intelligence and Investigation division of the Federal Police detained Víctor Manuel N Sunday,” adding he was “one of the priority objectives” of Tamaulipas, said the head of the National Commission of Security, Renato Sales, in a message to the media.

Sales said the arrest came after more than six months of investigative work by the Federal Police in the states of Tamaulipas, Guanajuato and Jalisco.

“Víctor Manuel N is one of the main generators of violence and regional leader of one of the criminal groups with the greatest presence in Tamaulipas after defecting from a municipal police corporation,” said Sales.

The work of the Federal Police in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office of the Government of Tamaulipas resulted in the arrest of the individual where he was deemed established in the city of León, Guanajuato where he directed his criminal operations.

Víctor Manuel N is wanted for crimes related to organized crime, drug trafficking, homicide, kidnapping, extortion, hydrocarbon theft and cattle rustling. He is also allegedly responsible for the logistics for the transfer of drugs to the border with the United States.

“At the time of his capture, he had three arrest warrants from authorities of the government of the state of Tamaulipas for which he was transferred to Ciudad Victoria for the provision of the competent judicial authority,” Sales added.

The announcement was also made on their CNS Mexico social media account.