by Sergio Chapa
Mexican authorities have charged 12 men and two women in connection with 72 bodies found in a series of mass graves in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.
The 14 are charged with kidnapping people of passenger buses in Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi.
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) identified the suspects as:
2.Julio César Lugo-Chaca
3.José Mauro Oñate-Rodríguez
5.Edgar Sosa-Solís o Edgar Sosa Aguilar-Solís
6.Juan Pablo Cabrera-Escalante
8.Júpiter Almer Cano-Guerra o Júpiter Almer Cano-Sierra
9.Adela Yudith Ochoa-Marmolejo
10.Edgar René Méndez-Acosta (a) “El Barbas”
11.Javier Méndez-San Juan (a) “El Tripa”
12.Juan Carlos Tovar-Gallegos
13.Juan Carlos García-Cabrera (a) “El Ñoño”
14. Miryam Dinora Pérez-Alvarado (a) “La Marrana"
PGR officials said the first nine suspects worked for the Zetas drug cartel.
Authorities arrested the first nine suspects back on April 3rd in an incident where officials seized weapons, military uniforms, vests and metal plates.
Mexican soldiers arrested last five on Thursday in Mendez, Tamaulipas where they were caught driving a counterfeit Mexican Navy truck.
Forensic experts are still working to identify the 72 bodies, which were taken to morgues in Matamoros and Reynosa.
Witnesses to the kidnappings told the El Universal and El Norte newspapers that armed and uniformed men stormed the buses demanding to see identification papers.
Many had initially thought the men were officials searching for illegal immigrants from Central and South America but were surprised the men took people who were Mexican nationals.