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Mexican authorities on Wednesday announced the indictment of 26 Zetas in connection with the murder of 193 bus passengers who were buried in clandestine mass graves earlier this year in San Fernando, Tamps.
The men and women were indicted by a Mexican federal judge in Villa Aldama, Vera., at the request of the Organized Crime Division — known as the SIEDO — of Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office.
The group is accused of engaging in organized criminal activity, crimes against pubic health and kidnapping, according to the SIEDO. The suspects were turned over to the SIEDO in April — shortly after their arrest by the Mexican military — after being tied to the disappearance of bus passengers passing through San Fernando, some 80 miles south of Brownsville.
In early April, Mexican authorities announced the finding of a number of mass graves in the rural areas around the city of San Fernando. As the days went by, the number of bodies rose; the PGR’s count now sits at 193. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, known as the PGR, has taken custody of 120 of those bodies and moved them to Mexico City for forensic testing.
According to a separate release from the PGR, authorities have identified 20 of the bodies sent to Mexico City. Those bodies have been returned to their families.
Mexican authorities have arrested more than 80 members of the Zetas who are blamed for the massacre.
The Zetas allegedly hijacked the buses as a way to identify and capture suspected Gulf Cartel members who may have been traveling incognito, according to PGR documents.
In August, Mexican authorities announced a similar find in San Fernando after a firefight there. Mexican marines had found a warehouse containing 72 bodies of Mexican and Central American migrants who had been kidnapped as they tried to make their way to the United States.
1. Armando Cesar Morales Uzcanga, “El Loco”
2. Edgar Sosa Solís
3. Eleodoro Robles Sánchez
4. Elfego Cruz Martínez
5. Elpidio Reyes Sáenz
6. Erick Rubén Zetina Hernández, “El Cuacho”
7. Gilberto Rivera Hernández, “Beto”
8. Jesús Ramos Pérez
9. Joel Reséndiz Moreno
10. Jonny Torres Andrade
11. José Luis Aguilar Vélez
12. José Manuel Ávila Lugo
13. José Mauro Oñate Rodríguez
14. Juan Pablo Carrera Escalante, “El Chaparras”
15. Julio César Lugo Chaca, “Sami”
16. Julio Guadalupe Jaramillo Vela
17. Júpiter Almer Cano Guerra
18. Lázaro Flores Peñaloza
19. Mario Alberto Romero Hernández
20. Martín García Badillo
21. Óscar Jaramillo Sosa
22. Remigio Mireles Camarillo
23. Rogelio de la Portilla Heredia
24. Samuel Moreno Saavedra
25. Santos Maldonado Reyes
26. Sergio Córdova Martínez, “El Diablo”