Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
The Attorney General of Coahuila is investigating up to 27 cases of disappearances that occurred inside the prison in Piedras Negras and pepetrated by members of Los Zetas, said José Ángel Herrera, office manager of the Deputy Attorney for the Search and Localization of Missing Persons.
As part of the investigations, the official said, the authorities of Coahuila obtained and exercised five arrest warrants against David Alejandro Loreto Mejorado, Francisco Javier Vélez, Santiago Peralta García, Manuel Elguezabal and Ramón Burciaga Magallanes.
It is presumed that Burciaga Magallanes was the leader of Los Zetas who allegedly ordered the kidnapping of people living in northern Coahuila, who were then assassinated and then cremated inside the prison, and then scattered in the San Rodrigo River which flows into the Rio Grande.
“The investigation remains open and will continue to carry out the steps to establish the whereabouts of more people who have been reported as missing, and in accordance with witnesses, were taken to the prison to deprive them of their lives,” said the state official in an interview with Radio Fórmula.
He added that staff from the Deputy Attorney’s Office of Missing Persons interviewed 138 inmates, and collected 42 witness statements, which warns that more people are implicated in the events, some which include those that escaped from the Piedras Negras Prison in September 201, where 132 convicts escaped.
According to the authorities in Coahuila, between December 2009 and January 2012, cells of the criminal group operating in northern Coahuila killed more than 150 people who were kidnapped in Piedras Negras and other municipalities in the region.