More trouble at the Topo Chico prison in Nuevo León this week was not the result of a riot but an assassination: a cartel boss inside the prison was not meeting his extortion quotas.
State Government Secretary Manuel González Flores said an outbreak of violence Wednesday night, which left three people dead and 19 wounded, followed an order to assassinate Javier Orlando Galindo Puente, known as “El Maruchan.”
In February, 49 inmates were killed at Topo Chico in a confrontation between rival gangs. That incident left Galindo as the leader of the Cártel del Noreste, a faction of the Zetas cartel, inside the prison.
But after the state assumed control over the prison in the wake of the February riot, González Flores said, it ended “the big business” of extortion and the cartel boss was unable to meet quotas set by gang bosses on the outside.
He was ordered killed as a result.
Blog del Narco reported that illegal activities inside the prison were generating monthly revenues of as much as 20 million pesos (a little more than US $1 million).
González Flores said the state’s clampdown on crime in the jail has had a domino effect in the streets of Monterrey, in which the prison is located. Crime worsened in the city towards the end of February, he said, as a direct result of the state’s intervention in Topo Chico.
The dead gang leader, who was 27, was one of 37 inmates who escaped from another Nuevo León prison in 2012 during a riot that killed 40 prisoners. Captured two years later, he has been linked to the massacre of 17 members of the band Kombo Kolombia in 2013.
Yesterday, 49 inmates were moved from Topo Chico to other federal prisons in State of México, Oaxaca, Guanajuato and Sonora.