The new justice system’s “revolving door” allowed the presumed leader of La Línea, whose battle yesterday with the Sinaloa Cartel left 15 dead, to go free, says Chihuahua’s state security commissioner.
Óscar Alberto Aparicio said this morning that José Luis González Montes, a former state police officer who is now known as “El 32,” was arrested with arms and drugs in December but freed 10 days later because under new rules he could not be held in preventative custody.
On June 24, 40 members of his gang showed up in Las Varas, Madera, and killed two state police officers.
It was the same gang that faced off yesterday morning against the Sinaloa Cartel in the same community in a gun battle that killed 15 presumed gang members on both sides. Five people were arrested.
The security commissioner said the confrontation was triggered by a security operation that forced La Línea to withdraw into territory controlled by the rival Sinaloa Cartel, which retaliated.
Aparacio also recalled that La Línea’s González, when he was arrested in December, offered the arresting officers 2 million pesos to let him go. They declined the offer, he said.
The national security commissioner, Renato Sales, and several politicians have called for a change to give judges greater leeway in ordering preventative custody.