The transporter-focused gang Los Diamantes has been disbanded

The accused truck driver robbery gang "Los Diamantes" was dismantled in a joint operation between the SSC and the District Attorney's Office of the capital.

The transporter-focused gang Los Diamantes has been disbanded
The dismantling of the Los Diamantes gang's transporter-robbing operations. Credit: SSC

Ten people were arrested in a joint operation by the Secretariat of Citizen Security and the Mexico City Attorney General's Office after 10 search warrants were served in the country's capital, Morelos, and the State of Mexico. They are allegedly members of the gang "Los Diamantes," which is dedicated to the robbery of truck drivers.

According to the SSC, the criminal group, allegedly led by Mario Francisco, alias "El Diamante Negro," 44, is accused of incurring millions of dollars in losses by stealing items on roads throughout the states of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro, Hidalgo, and Mexico City.

To collect information, Los Diamantes infiltrated criminals as employees

The strategy involved infiltrating criminals as workers of the companies they intended to plunder for two or three months to collect information on merchandise transfers, routes, and the value of shipments. Their collaborators co-opted the private security guards in charge of the guarding, who permitted the robberies to take place in exchange for money.

According to official sources, "Los Diamantes" are the culprits of at least three robberies in the State of Mexico in recent months, and this criminal cell was probed as a result of citizen complaints.

The first was the theft of 25 tons of beef in Tlalmanalco; the second was the robbery of Chinese commodities worth several million pesos in Tepotzotlán, and the third was the theft of three trailers containing yarn supplies in Cuautitlán.

During raids, ten persons were apprehended for the robbery of transportation businesses.

Ten search warrants were served as part of the investigations in Iztapalapa, Gustavo A. Madero, Azcapotzalco, and Coyoacán, as well as in the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, and Jiutepec, Morelos, where ten persons were arrested.

Seven properties, various amounts of drugs, a long gun, five handguns, cartridges, merchandise such as blocks of thread, spools of textile fiberglass thread, boxes with sponges, boxes with computer keyboards, trailer boxes with Chinese merchandise, two hydraulic jacks, four private vehicles, a truck, two forklifts, a communication radio, and a signal jammer were seized by authorities. The Animal Surveillance Brigade apprehended a spider monkey and a lizard spotted on one of the estates.

It was a collaborative effort among local prosecutors' offices

The operations were carried out by personnel from the Attorney General's Office of the State of Mexico and the Attorney General's Office of the State of Morelos. According to preliminary information, three of the detainees are wanted in Mexico City for the charge of criminal association.

Mario Francisco, alias "El Diamante Negro" and/or "El Negro," 44; Diana, 32; Cesar Alejandro, 36; Marlon Zentli, 21; Israel, 44; Miguel Angel, 49; Luis Julian, alias "El Técnico," 40; Rocio, 38; Leonel, alias "El Barras" and/or "El Tongolele," and Sandra Viridiana.