Cartel leader captured Monday breaks out of custody

A Mexican Gulf Cartel leader captured by Tamaulipas special forces earlier this week was broken out of state custody Tuesday, according to a state law enforcement source.

Jose Alfredo Hernandez Campos, 27, also known as “Metro 27” and “El Calamardo,” was originally captured in Reynosa on Monday by Tamaulipas’ special forces team, Grupo de Operaciones Especiales — or GOPES.

A group of armed men Tuesday then broke Hernandez Campos out of the custody of the Attorney General Office, where he was scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday.

Hernandez Campos is considered the leader of the Gulf Cartel operating in the Diaz Ordaz and Valadeces area near the Ribereña highway, sitting south of the Texas communities of Los Ebanos and La Grulla.

He was wanted for crimes involving drug trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping, creating blockages on train tracks in Valadeces, Tamaulipas, attacks on law enforcement, and taking down surveillance cameras.