Authorities in Baja California Sur have been celebrating Monday’s arrest in Los Cabos of a cartel boss believed to have been responsible for much of the recent violence in the municipality.
Abraham Cervantes Esquera, also known as “El Babay,” was arrested by federal security after several days of investigations and surveillance led by Navy forces, which led to identifying the gang leader while traveling in a Volkswagen Jetta.
The presumed leader of a cell of the Tijuana Nueva Generación Cartel was with a woman believed to be his partner. Restricted weapons, drugs, money and communications gear were seized in the arrest.
Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis welcomed the capture, saying he hoped it would help bring peace to the area, which has seen a drastic increase in organized crime-related violence.
He described it as a great achievement for federal forces, calling Cervantes one of the most important objectives in the state.
Mendoza also observed that the state was working toward improving the salaries and benefits of state police in the hope of generating more enthusiasm among prospective officers.
The government is also working with the state police academy to produce personnel who are better trained.
But Mendoza accepted the fact that some have not proven apt for the job, after failing evaluation and trust tests.
Unfortunately, the state has been unable to dismiss those officers, the governor said, for lack of resources to cover severance payments.
Source: El Sudcaliforniano (sp)