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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Suspect in 2011 slaying of Ensenada PRI councilman arrested in Sinaloa

A suspect in the Feb. 6, 2011 slaying of Ensenada councilman Arturo Castellanos Ruiz has been arrested in Sinaloa state. Baja California state attorney General Rommel Moreno Manjarrez said Noe Javier "El Tanga" Armenta Beltrán, also known as "El Grande," had confessed to carrying out the killing of the Institutional Revolutionary Party politician, Frontera reported.

Moreno said Armenta worked for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Armenta was arrested Aug. 30 in an operation involving 40 Sinaloa state police and 30 members of the military and was transferred to prison in Ensenada on Aug. 31. The operation involved two helicopters and three armored vehicles in the vicinity of Estación Bamoa, in the "golden triangle" area where Sinaloa meets up with Durango and Chihuahua states. Authorities are still seeking Armenta accomplices in addition to the suspected masterminds of the killing. Armenta allegedly had four accomplices; Moreno said Armenta was paid 200,000 pesos ($16,000) for the killing.

Ensenada prosecutor Julia Gallegos said the suspected motive had to do with a dispute with a transportation union. Castellanos, 49, was shot 12 times after leaving Los Mostachones bar.
Story, Frontera (PDF).