Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hernández-Lechuga, Zeta Co-founder "El Lucky or Z-16" Who Operated In 10 States Arrested By Mexican Marines

Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga, aka, "El Lucky or Z-16"

Photo: PGR

Mexican marines captured a most wanted man known as El Lucky in Veracruz.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 13, 2011

Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico - On Tuesday, the Mexican Secretary of Marines (Semar) and the Mexican Federal Attorney's Office (PGR) announced the arrested of Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga, aka, "El Lucky, Z-16 or El Apa," a known Zeta co-founder who was in charge of operations in ten states. Lechuga was taken into custody by Mexican marines on Monday in Córdoba after an armed confrontation along the Veracruz-Mexico highway. One Zeta member was reported dead and one marine was injured.
Four other suspects were also taken into custody along with Lechuga. They were identified as Germain Hernández Flores, aka, "El Chino"; Nicolás García Colorado, aka, "El Flaco"; Rafael Méndez Espinoza, aka, "El Raflas" and Cristóbal Saninas Vallejo, aka, "El Don Gato." Flores was in charge of coordinating the stealing of trailers and trucks in the region. Both Espinoza and Vallejo were in charge of providing vehicles and communication equipment to be used by Zeta's.
Lechuga was in charge of operations in the following Mexican states, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Querétaro, San Luis Potosi, Quintana Roo and the state of Mexico.
The Mexican government had offered $15 million pesos ($1,153,846 U.S.) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had offered $1 million for Lechuga's arrest.
Marines confiscated 132 high power rifles, 36 handguns, a rocket launcher, 5 granade launchers, 2,641 amo magazines, 28,000 bullets of different calibers and 29 granades. They also confiscated a trailer, truck, a van, an auto, communications equipment, military uniforms made in the U.S. with Siedo and AFI labels on them and bullet proof vests, the PGR reported.

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