Mexico Arrests Oscar
Garcia Montoya Suspected Drug Cartel Hitman
August 12, 2011
Mexican authorities say they have arrested a suspected gang leader who
they say has admitted to murdering — and ordering the murders — of 600
Prosecutor Alfredo Castillo told reporters police had arrested Oscar
Garcia Montoya Thursday in the capital, Mexico City. He identified the
suspect as the head of the violent drug gang “Mano con Ojos” or “Hand
with Eyes,” an offshoot of the notorious Beltran Levya drug cartel.
The prosecutor said Montoya told police he had executed 300 people and
ordered the executions of 300 more.
Castillo said Montoya is a former corporal in the Navy, had received
special military training in Guatemala, and served as a police officer
in northern Mexico before joining the Beltran Levya gang.
The arrest comes just two weeks after Mexico announced the arrest of
another suspected hitman leader, Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, who has
admitted to ordering 1,500 killings. Acosta is the suspected chieftain
of La Linea gang, in northern Mexico, whose members act as enforcers for
the Juarez drug cartel.
In 2006, President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led crackdown on
Mexico's drug cartels. Since then, more than 41,000 people have died in
violence linked to the drug gangs.