Salma Karrum, 64, former Mayor of Patzcuaro, arrested in August for alleged ties to the Caballeros Templarios cartel, has died.
The Ministry of State Security said the former mayor had requested house arrest, because of declining health due to a degenerative disease that she has suffered from for over five years. In a statement the spokesman , said the death was due to hemorrhagic shock.
She was incarcerated in 'David Franco Rodriguez' prison (Mil Cumbres) but due to her condition, prison authorities said authorities were considering a house request application. Authorities stated;
"In the midst of this process, to avoid a complication to her physical condition, for the past month, at the request of her family, Karrum Cervantes was cared for under the supervision of the prison authorities, in a private clinic in the Michoacán capital ".
The former Municipal President was being held from August in the prison of Mil Cumbres, accused of alleged links to the Templarios cartel and its leader La Tuta. In August a video and photographs circulated where Karrum appeared at a meeting with representatives of the cartel and La Tuta himself.
Also attending the meeting with La Tuta, was the former Mayor of Huetamo, Dalia Santana, who was arrested. Karrum won the election of Patzcuaro in 2011, when the PRD accused the PRI had been supported by organized crime during election campaigns.
She was formally was accused of extortion, organized crime and drug crimes.