Mexican authorities announced on Tuesday the blocking of 1,352 bank accounts for more than 215 million dollars linked to 14 criminal groups that operate in Mexico City, including the La Familia Michoacana and Unión Tepito cartels, and the arrest of 436 related people. with kidnapping, extortion and drug sales.
“The number of accounts blocked in this operation is 1,352 individuals and legal entities related to 14 criminal groups, some of which have already been dismantled,” explained the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) of the federal Ministry of Finance. , Santiago Nieto, at a press conference with the Secretary of Security of the capital, Omar García Harfuch.
Both officials reported the results of the so-called Operation Zócalo, carried out to dismantle the crime in Mexico City and in which accounts for more than 4.6 billion pesos (215 million dollars) were blocked.
The organizations involved are La Familia Michoacana, Unión Tepito, Fuerza Anti Unión Tepito, the Tláhuac Cartel, Los Rodolfos, the criminal identity card El Balín and Los Guerreros.
Also Los Maceros, the band of kidnappers del Perro, Los Sinaloas, La Ronda 88, Los Benjas, Los Molina and the Beltrán Leyva Cartel.
“From there, 1,352 members of the criminal organizations were located in order to reduce their financial capacity,” explained Nieto, who said that the operation had the objective “not only to combat the hitmen, to combat drug dealers, but to dismantle the financial structures that allow them to operate. “
For his part, García Harfuch reported that since April the capital’s police have carried out 281 searches throughout the city, which led to the arrest of 436 alleged criminals and the seizure of firearms and thousands of doses of narcotics.
“We detected the operation of criminal groups that for many years were operating with impunity,” explained García Harfuch, who said that “the most important criminal organizations are being dismantled,” including gangs from outside the capital that “have a partial presence ” in Mexico City.
For years, the capital’s governments had denied the presence of the country’s cartels in Mexico City, and attributed the crime to smaller criminal gangs.
Last June, García Harfuch suffered a failed attack by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), originally from Guadalajara and considered the most dangerous and widespread in the country.
In any case, the operation presented on Tuesday did not involve members of the CJNG and García Harfuch assured that “there is not a single indication or complaint that this group is charging extortion” in the center of the capital.
According to the FIU, the Government of Mexico has registered 19 cartels and “high impact” criminal organizations that operate in the country and which it is pursuing by freezing bank accounts.
The most prominent organizations born in the capital are the Unión Tepito, Fuerza Antiunión Tepito and the Tláhuac Cartel.