This Thursday, January 18, 2024, José Alberto García Vilano, alias “La Kena,” an important leader and important part of the Gulf Cartel (CDG), “Ciclones” faction, which maintains a presence in Matamoros, was arrested in Monterrey, Nuevo León. , Tamaulipas.
His arrest took place near a commercial plaza in Monterrey and was later placed at the disposal of the public ministry of the common jurisdiction of that state and carried out by elements of the Mexican Navy Secretariat.
“La Kena” is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of four people of American nationality in Matamoros in March 2023.
The authorities offered more than $2 million for “La Kena.”
The Attorney General’s Office (FGJ) in Tamaulipas is offering a reward of two million, 500 thousand pesos for information leading to the location and arrest of “La Kena.”
Mexican and United States intelligence reports place García Vilano, also nicknamed “Cyclone 19” and/or “Scorpion 19,” as one of the main causes of violence in Tamaulipas.
Search operations for “La Kena” have already unleashed violence in Matamoros
On the morning of Monday, September 4, 2023, shootings were recorded at several points in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. On that date, it was announced that the violence was unleashed by the operations of the authorities to search and arrest “La Kena.”
On that date, the Tamaulipas Security Spokesperson reported the deaths of four people during a shootout in Matamoros between elements of the Mexican Navy-Secretary of the Navy (Semar) and an armed group, in addition to the seizure of weapons and equipment.
At that time, the situation of violence led the United States Consulate to ask its workers in Matamoros to take shelter until order was restored.
Users shared the opportunity to get “La Kena.”
Through videos broadcast on social networks, users shared the moment in which “La Kena” was taken from the shopping center in Monterrey, escorted by the authorities.
The videos show how citizens remain inside shops in the square, as well as some closed shops.