Sunday, July 31, 2011

"El Diego" Second In Command Of La Linea Cartel Arrested By Mexican Federal Police And Military

José Antonio Acosta Hernández

La Linea drug lord implicated in 1,500 homicides, including the March 2010 murder of a U.S. Consulate worker and two Americans in Juarez.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 31, 2011

Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico - On Friday, José Antonio Acosta Hernández, aka, "El Diego," "El Blablazo" or "El 10" known as second-in-command of La Linea Cartel and an associate leader of the Juarez Cartel was arrested by Mexican Federal Police and the Military Police. Acosta Hernández was taken into custody along with his chief body guard Jesús Antonio Mancinas Sandoval, 33, in the city of Chihuahua at the Colinas El Sol neighborhood, according to the Mexican Federal Secretary of Public Safety (SSP).
The SSP reported that Acosta Hernández and Sandoval were involved in a brief gunfire confrontation with Federal Police and the military when they tried to raid a residence where both suspects were believed hiding. Both suspects managed to flee from the residence in a Jetta, but were later stopped by the military. Acosta Hernández and Sandoval were taken back to the residence for interrogation. The suspects were taken into custody and transferred to Mexico City for further processing.
Acosta Hernández works under José Luis Ledezma, aka, "El JL" leader of La Linea, which is the armed branch of the Juarez Cartel. Ledezma is one of the lieutenants under Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, aka, "El Viceroy," the main leader of the Juarez Cartel.
Intelligence shared between the Mexican government and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and information gathered from the 2010 arrests of Jesús Armando Acosta Guerrero, aka, "El 35," Luis Carlos Vásquez Barragán, aka, "El 20" and Rogelio Segovia Hernández, aka, "El Royser" provided how the operation functioned in both La Linea and the Juarez Cartels.
Acosta Hernández is a former Director of the Chihuahua State Police confessed to authorities that he ordered at least 1,500 homicides in Juarez and the Capitol city of Chihuahua. He is responsible for the massacre of 15 high school students that were killed during a party at the Villa de Salvarcar neighborhood on January 31, 2010. He is also implicated in the triple murder of three Americans on March 13, 2010, including Lesley Enriquez who worked for the U.S. Consulate in Juarez.
Last Summer, Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, a member of La Linea arrested in connection with the murders of the three Americans confessed to Mexican authorities that Acosta Hernández gave him orders to kill Enriquez.
Acosta Hernández ordered the murder of Sandra Ivonne Salas Garcia, Assistant of Internal Affairs for the Chihuahua State Attorney's Office on June 30, 2010, including the 2008 murders of municipal police and ministry officers, the homicides of 19 people in a rehab drug treatment center and the October 22, 2010 massacre of 13 teenagers in the Horizontes del Sol neighborhood, the SSP reported.
La Linea fought with the Cartel del Pacifico and the Sinaloa Cartel for control of Juarez. Then, Acosta Hernández hired Los Aztecas as an armed enforcer group to help the Juarez Cartel take control of the city of Juarez.
A $15 million pesos ($1,153,846 U.S.) reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest.

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