Mexico City authorities have arrested eight individuals linked to the self-proclaimed Tláhuac Cartel following an investigation into drug sales and violence in the eastern part of the city. The operation, led by the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) and the Secretariat of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR), resulted in the seizure of a marijuana laboratory and nursery in one of the six properties searched in the Tláhuac district. The Tláhuac Cartel is the only criminal group known to have carried out "narco-blockades" in the Mexican capital.
During the operation, police found evidence that the criminal group had a laboratory for producing synthetic drugs and a nursery for growing marijuana. The suspects, including two women aged 23 and 30, were investigated for a range of crimes, including extortion, homicide, and drug dealing. Police seized two firearms, bags of marijuana, bottles of drugs, gummies made with marijuana, and packages of cocaine.
Before the arrests, the SSC had received complaints about illegal activities in the area, prompting an increase in reconnaissance and surveillance. The investigation led to the identification of six properties used by the criminal cell, with the information presented to a Control Judge to obtain search warrants.
The properties have been sealed and are under police protection while investigations continue. The detainees, along with the seized weapons and materials, have been handed over to the Public Prosecutor's Office for further investigation and legal action.