La Unión Tepito leader “El Lunares” released after defect in detention

La Unión Tepito is in charge of drug sales and distribution in Mexico City and is one of the main generators of violence

La Unión Tepito leader “El Lunares” released after defect in detention
"El Lunares" was arrested on January 31 - Photo: Francisco Rodríguez/EL UNIVERSAL
English 08/02/2020 12:36 Manuel Espino Mexico City Actualizada 13:03

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A federal judge determined on Saturday not to bind over to trial the alleged leader of La Unión Tepito Óscar Andrés “F,” known as “El Lunares” and his two accomplices, arrested on January 31 and ordered their immediate release from the maximum-security prison they were being held at.

In an audience that lasted for 13 hours, Beatriz Moguel, judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center of the Reclusorio Oriente established that there are “unsurpassed and unsurpassable contradictions” about the time and place circumstances in which the alleged criminals were arrested on January 31 during a joint operation between the Navy and Mexico City’s police in Hidalgo.

“I cannot grant the binding over to trial demanded by the prosecutors for there is a lack of evidence to bind to trial,” determined the judge.

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According to her, the report presented by the Federal Public Minister is null and does not match with the time of elapse of the events.

The presentation made by the defense of a video that shows the capture of Hugo Armando “D,” one of the alleged accomplices, by elements of the Navy was crucial for the case to change its current after the judge rejected the exhibition of surveillance cameras videos since the defense could not prove the legal obtention of them.

In the video, it is observed how elements of the Navy take Hugo Armando “D” out of his home, which contradicts the report that says the elements made the arrest at the scene when those involved were driving in a van with cocaine and marijuana, as well as army-exclusive weapons and cartridges.

Who is “El Lunares,” the macabre leader of La Unión Tepito?
Óscar Andrés Flores, who is also called “El Lunares,” is one of the eccentric leaders of La Unión Tepito cartel.

This organized crime group is in charge of drug sales and distribution in Mexico City and is one of the main generators of violence in the city.

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After a security operation last October, “El Lunares” moved to the central state of Hidalgo while continuing as one of the main leaders of the criminal group.

During this time out of the capital, he had the support of his father, Dionisio Flores Valle, who coordinates criminal activities in Mexico City.

“Likewise, it is known that ‘El Lunares’ has a strong dispute with the criminal group Anti-Unión Tepito Force, which is responsible for the murder of three of his relatives and colleagues,” said Mexico City’s police.

The public agency said that “El Lunares” had “a wide network of institutional protection from public security authorities.”

In addition, he has several apartments and security houses to hide from authorities, as well as clandestine drug laboratories and storage units throughout the city.

According to the investigation, “El Lunares” walked on the streets of Tepito, the downtown area, and the Guerrero neighborhood with up to 10 persons who worked as his falcons and bodyguards, which further complicated his capture. He always rode on a motorcycle so as not to call too much attention.

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His nickname is due to a huge mole in his face, which he had removed trying to escape authorities. In Tepito, locals say he was born there and that he has always lived in the area.

Intelligence reports say that “El Lunares,” along with “El Barbas,” “El Chori,” and “El Huguito,” are who have carried on with extortion to commercial stores established in the downtown area, as well as with kidnaps, home invasion, and drug trafficking; authorities have not ruled out this new cell to be involved in the homicide of “Los Florists” that took place in Reforma.

Since “El Betito” and “El Pistache” were on the streets, “El Lunares” was in charge of boroughs like Morelos, Tepito, and Guerrero and administered Zona Rosa, Roma, Condesa, and Polanco.

Reports add that he also reported back to Roberto Mollado “El Betito” who is imprisoned in Mexico City’s Reclusorio Norte.

La Unión Tepito and the Anti-Union Force, both rivals, are the main criminal organizations that operate in Mexico City along with the Tláhuac cartel.

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