MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Mexican army reported late Friday that a violent Jalisco drug cartel kidnapped a colonel who commanded a detachment in Nuevo Laredo, a northern border town dominated by the organization. The city is from Laredo, Texas.
The abduction of Colonel José Isidro Grimaldo Muñoz occurred while he was on vacation in the western state of Jalisco, the cartel’s base of operations.
It is the second time in less than a month that a Mexican army officer has been attacked by a cartel.
General Crisoforo Martínez Parra explained that the missing colonel was on vacation in a rural cabin in the municipality of Tapalapa, Jalisco, when armed members of the cartel abducted him following a traffic incident.
“He was stopped by two vehicles accompanied by armed men who, using violence, forced him to exit his vehicle,” the Defense Secretariat said in a statement.
The military said Grimaldo Muñoz had a “good professional record”, serving with distinction in Nuevo Laredo, a city dominated by the Northeast cartel, a branch of the former Zetas cartel.
It was not immediately clear whether the Northeast Cartel had any ties to Jalisco gangs, or if the colonel’s captors knew who he was when they abducted him. The Defense Secretariat said it was continuing the search.
In November, an army general serving in the National Guard was killed in a shootout in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas.
General José Urzua Padilla was the highest officer of the Guard in the state. He died chasing a suspected drug gunman in an area where the Jalisco Cartel is waging a turf war with the rival Sinaloa Cartel and affiliated groups.