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Judge Orders 8 Suspects in Mexico Massacre Case Held in Prison

Monday, October 18, 2010 |


A judge ordered eight suspects arrested in connection with the massacre of 72 Latin American migrants at a ranch in Mexico in August held in prison, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Juan Manuel Cano, Edgar Sesma Vega, Jose Gustavo Blanco, Victor Resendez, Jesus Garcia, Manuel Vazquez, Jesus Vargas and Eduardo Rico Perez were taken to the El Rincon prison in Tepic, a city in Nayarit state, and the Villa Aldama prison in Veracruz state.

The suspects, who were arrested in August and September, face murder, kidnapping, organized crime, arms and corruption of minors charges, the AG’s office said.

The suspects were arrested between Aug. 24, when marines found the migrants’ bodies at a ranch in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, and Sept. 7.

Several of the men are suspected of being members of the Los Zetas drug cartel.

The victims came from Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Brazil, but the majority were Hondurans.

Two migrants – one from Ecuador and another from Honduras – survived the massacre.

Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, is suspected of murdering the migrants.

Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla, an 18-year-old Ecuadorian who survived the massacre, notified Mexican marines of the killings, telling officials that the migrants were kidnapped by armed men before they reached the U.S. border.

Mexican marines found the bodies of the 58 men and 14 women after a shootout with gunmen at the ranch that left a marine and three criminals dead.

The evidence gathered so far indicates that the Aug. 22 massacre was carried out by Los Zetas, officials said.

Mexican investigators are working on the theory that the kidnapped migrants were killed after they refused to work for the Zetas cartel.

After several years as the armed wing of Mexico’s Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

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Anonymous said...

FFFFUUUCCCKKK YYYOOOUUU Juan Manuel Cano, Edgar Sesma Vega, Jose Gustavo Blanco, Victor Resendez, Jesus Garcia, Manuel Vazquez, Jesus Vargas and Eduardo Rico Perez

Buela Chivis said...

Bla-Bla-Bla....

Did "Freddy" identify these guys? Or the second survivor? or the 3rd? (in some reports a pregnant woman also survived). Too neat a pkg I await the evidence. I thought the executioners were killed by Zs a while back, and Freddy identified them....Mx singing'"we a hero"again? Dunno..but it is never quite what it seems in ol Mx. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Mx doesn't give a shit about migrants, never have & never will,Mx is a very racist country they look down -down at central Amercians and Mx indigenous people. They won't spend time & money to search for the killers.. These are bad guys anyway so I suppose it does not matter...but for me I need more "evidence"

My dos centavos

'lito 'brito said...

these guys will be let to escape anyway...do i sound cynical?...losiento

Anonymous said...

Who cares there already part of a drug cartel who will only carry on killing people anyway.

Anonymous said...

Is Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla OK now? Not going to the U.S to meet with his dreams? Mexican govt sending him back home after being treated in a hospital?

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