Federal authorities arrested a cartel member who was at one point wanted in connection with the murder of a Mexican politician. Although the suspect’s involvement has since been ruled out, the man is linked to at least one other murder in Mexico and has already been deported from the United States.
US Border Patrol agents arrested Jesus Botello Tovar this week in Eagle Pass, Texas. Botello Tovar is also known in Mexico as El Mirindo. He has been linked to various crimes in Piedras Negras in the past. Mexican authorities have also identified him as a member of a gang or cell that works with one of the Los Zetas factions. Botello Tovar appeared Friday morning before a US investigative judge who formally charged him with illegal re-entry after deportation and ordered that he be held without bond.
At the time of Botello’s arrest, U.S. Border Patrol agents learned he had been flagged as wanted for questioning in connection with the June 2018 murder of former Piedras Negras mayor Fernando Puron. According to information released by the Attorney General’s Office of Coahuila, Botello Tovar is no longer linked to the murder since the real suspects have already been identified and one of them arrested.
As Breitbart Texas reported at the time, Puron walked out of a political debate at a local university in Piedras Negras as a bearded gunman approached from behind and shot him in the head before leaving. run away properly. Initially, authorities searched for Botello Tovar due to the physical resemblance. The man known as El Mirindo, a known gang member with ties to Los Zetas, was already on law enforcement’s radar for his alleged role in the murder of another man in Piedras Negras known as “El Pomo”. For this murder, authorities arrested Botello Tovar in Mexico in October 2018. It is still unclear how he regained his freedom, but soon after his release he moved to Texas. US federal officials deported him in 2019 via Laredo, Texas, court documents have revealed.
In the case of Puron’s murder, Coahuila state authorities identified two killers, Ignacio Arambula Viveros as the trigger and his brother Erick as an accomplice. Authorities arrested Erick Arambula in January 2019 for his role in the case, but did not name the mastermind behind the murder. Erick Arambula is a former officer in the Mexican army, while his brother Ignacio is a former senior law enforcement official in Tabasco who has been linked to various criminal organizations.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].
Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol posts in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.
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