MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon — Two police officers from rural Hidalgo were arrested in connection with executions and other violent activities for Los Zetas Vieja Escuela Cartel. One of the alleged narco-cops is the brother of the local police director. The pair had an arsenal of weapons at a stash house.
The two arrested police officers were dentified as Eduardo “Lalo” Zapata Hernandez and Jesus “Chuy” Olivarez, sources with the Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office revealed to Breitbart Texas. The officers are tied to a double execution in El Carmen and other violent crimes in nearby communities where Los Zetas continue a territorial war with independent cells and the Zetas faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).
A source within the attorney general’s office said that the two officers resigned from their posts days before their arrest, however, the crimes allegedly took place while on duty.
The same source pointed out that Zapata Hernandez is the brother of the current police director for Hidalgo, Emilio Zapata. According to state authorities, the area has seen a spike in extortion and murder. The residents from Hidalgo had kept silent but the rumor spread about how Zeta-cops worked in the area, sources said.
As part of the investigation against the pair, authorities raided a house where they seized four AR-15 rifles, two AK-47s body armor, and tactical equipment.
In 2015, neighbors from Hidalgo spoke to the media about three police officers, among them Chuy, who arrested and threatened three teens. The youths were then severely beaten. Before becoming a police officer, Chuy was a soldier and then a police officer in Guadalupe, another municipality where Los Zetas managed a strong presence.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Tony Aranda from Nuevo Leon.