Tomas Zeron de Lucio confirms arrest of “The Engineer”

Without a single shot they have captured ‘El Ingeniero’

Mexico City.- The National Security Commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido García, and the Chief Director of the PGR Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, confirmed at a press conference that the person arrested on June 23 in Tijuana is Fernando Sánchez Arellano, an alleged member of a criminal group with presence in Baja California. Rubido García and Tomás Zerón de Lucio reported that the criminal group to which the detainee belongs operates mainly in Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito, Tecate and Ensenada, with activities of drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and homicide.

He added that Sánchez Arellano joined the criminal organization in 2001 and handled himself with a low profile in his illicit activities, which allows him to operate discreetly in Tijuana.

The Chief Director Tomás Zerón de Lucio pointed out that since 2008, the now detained and Eduardo Teodoro García Simental have been fighting for control of the organization, which led to multiple and violent confrontations between the two factions.

García Simental was arrested on January 12, 2010, and what happened to Sánchez Arellano restructured the organization and assumed full control of it, says Tomás Zerón de Lucio.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic headed by Tomás Zerón de Lucio has offered, since January 2011, a reward of 30 million pesos for information that led to the capture of the now detainee.

“As a result of the intelligence laboratories of various institutions of the Mexican State, yesterday, around 4:00 p.m., Pacific time, in the Colonia Centro of the municipality of Tijuana and without complications a single shot, elements of the Secretariat of National Defense and the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, managed to execute an arrest warrant against him. During the detention, approximately $ 100,000 in cash was secured to him, ”said Rubido García.

The detainee was transferred to the facilities of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, to be placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation, who will determine his legal situation, elucidates Tomás Zerón de Lucio.

The Director in Chief of the AIC, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, explained that the Agency is undergoing scientific studies to corroborate the full identity of Fernando Sánchez Arellano.

In forensic fingerprinting, Tomás Zerón de Lucio specify that the detainee’s fingerprints are confronted against the National Public Security System database. A physiognomic identification is also made comparing the features of the content with the existing photographs of Fernando Arellano Sánchez.

In the same way, Tomás Zerón de Lucio desribe, a genetic identification is carried out, taking fluid from the detainee to obtain his genetic profile to be compared with the profiles that are told of Ramón, Benjamín and Francisco Arellano Félix, in order to verify that there are correspondences by maternal line, given that presumably it is his nephew and son of a sister.

Tomás Zerón de Lucio clarified that the complete information of the expert examinations will be delivered during the day from the Twitter account of the Criminal Investigation Agency @pgr_aic.

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