Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

El Comandante Ramiro

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 |

 A body found in the state of Guerrero was identified as a rebel leader who accused the governor of ties with drug trafficking.


Guerrero police said a body found Thursday in a makeshift grave in a mountain town belongs to Omar Guerrero Solis. Guerrero Solis was a leader of the Insurgent People's Revolutionary Army (ERPI), a small guerrilla.

The director of the Ministerial Investigative Police, Valentin Diaz Reyes, said the body was exhumed on Thursday and forensic analysis confirmed that this was the insurgent. The body had four bullet wounds.


Solis Guerrero had told local media he believed the governor of Guerrero, Zeferino Torreblanca, had ties to the Sinaloa cartel and accused the army of refusing to arrest hitmen of that cartel while at the same time they made raids on the rival cartel Beltran Leyva. Torreblanca has denied those accusations.

Solis Guerrero or "El Comandante Ramiro" also accused President Felipe Calderón of protecting the "Chapo" Guzman cartel and had said that governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo did the same with the former mayor of Petatlan, Rogaciano Alba Alvarez.

The ERPI emerged in the late 1990s and clashed with the army in 1998. Its members have rarely appeared in mountain villages in recent years.

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