Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mexican authorities say 40 suspects have been identified in the killing of 9 Mormons

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS   El Paso Times


Adrian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019, ambush in northern Mexico, talks with reporters after meeting with authorities at the office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation in Mexico City on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Prosecutors said Tuesday more than 40 suspects have been identified in connection with the slaughter of the nine U.S. dual-national women and children. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

MEXICO CITY — More than 40 suspects have now been identified in connection with the Nov. 4 slaughter of nine U.S. dual-national women and children in northern Mexico, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors met with members of the extended LeBaron family who have lived in northern Mexico for decades. They consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many have dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship.

The prosecutors' office did not offer any further details on the 40 suspects, many of whom are apparently known only by their nicknames.


Last week, prosecutors reported that three men were arrested and charged with organized crime for drug offenses, though none apparently yet faces homicide charges in the case.


Adrian, left, and Julian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019, ambush in northern Mexico, leave the office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation, where they met with authorities in Mexico City on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Prosecutors said Tuesday more than 40 suspects have been identified in connection with the slaughter of the nine U.S. dual-national women and children. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

They said four other suspects are being held under a form of house arrest. The name of one suspect announced by federal prosecutors Monday partially matches the police chief of the town of Janos, Chihuahua, near where the killings occurred. Local media reported the police chief had been in the pay of the La Linea drug gang.

Julian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in the ambush, confirmed the police chief had been arrested, and added, "That should be very worrying to everyone."

"Who vets them?" LeBaron asked. "He (the police chief) was there for 13 years", he said, questioning how state authorities could not have known the man was working for a drug cartel.

Many members of the extended family have questioned why Mexico's strict gun laws prevent them from having firepower equal to the cartels.

"The police have a local monopoly on weapons and they participate in the murder of women and children," LeBaron said.

Authorities have suggested a drug gang was responsible for the ambush.



Adrian LeBaron, left, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019, ambush in northern Mexico, leaves the office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation, where they met with authorities in Mexico City on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Prosecutors said Tuesday more than 40 suspects have been identified in connection with the slaughter of the nine U.S. dual-national women and children. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

18 comments:

  1. really? 40 suspects so who was the main perp who planned all this? sounds like another iguala situation where they keep arresting suspects but nobody really knows who did it. but if all 40 had something to do with it, take them all! Also I wonder if this massacre had anything to do due to the fact that their ranch is nearby the lithium deposits you already know these criminals will try to take over or extort any mining business as usual

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    1. 40 -30 run in cartel convoys that’s one excuse to make sound more believable. Now piece in together a master plan and take the lithium. But somehow in order to work how about if those 3 lady’s rebelled against the mormon ways and just used as bait. They were returning to USA and problem solved but leave minors as witnesses fulfill their dumb greed. Sonora governor very involved. If Aguaprieta click gets blamed then all heat stays in that state. How about just moving heat to Chihuahua. And now piecing together the rest. It’s no rumor CDS had advanced and taken Cuauhtemoc, Madera, and and a lot of small towns around but specially all border Sonora state line with Chihuahua. Even if fighting was happening in the bigger towns. It would be real hard to get near borders and CDS not known. Especially CDS. There was even a guy caught with a lot of rifles, guns and all kinds of war equipment on road from Aguaprieta to where family was killed. He was the first one named to be part of the massacre. Then never mind we lied it was Chihuahua.Lithium is a mineral probably found by coincidence when drilled all illegal water wells. If found belongs to Mexico and all people. But probably not even 1/4 of wells Mexico has knowledge they were drilled. Makes more sense now. Some mormones want that lithium. Even their kids have very good relationships with Salinas de Gortari kids

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    2. 12:34- a classic response from a victim-blaming, conspiracy theory, communist leftist. Own the property, own the the surface and mineral interest too. Except for losers in life, who blame others for their own shortcomings, property rights mean something to those who own property.

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  2. What a quamire! They say that have 40 suspects, and a police chief, that was in collusion with the cartel, it does not clearly say if, they are arrested. It sure took long to investigate, wonder if FBI Intel helped in locating suspects.

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  3. Guy who killed border Patrol agent in tamaulipas CAPTURED
    LeBron killers CAPTURED
    🇲🇽 government needs to grow a pair, they have no BALLS
    They are U.S.A citizen..
    MORE THAN A MILLION mexican KILLED AND 🇲🇽 GOVERNMENT DOESN'T DO NOTHING ABOUT IT
    RIDICULOUS....just saying

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  4. Justice in mexico is a joke

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    1. Is has been, where have you been.

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  5. A local police chief on the payroll of the cartels is the rule. I mean it is not possible to be a police chief in Mex without being on the payroll of the local cartel. Its either plomo o plata.

    As a side note: in the US the police chief and judge is elected, but cannot win the beauty context without donations from the attornies (which in turn have clients expecting 'special treatment').

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  6. Police in Mex = cartel with badge

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  7. No this is so that everyone walks free. Everyone’s nick name is being thrown in this. There isn’t much evidence. Everyone will walk.

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  8. Fucking pathetic government. And 4 suspects under house arrest? Thats pathetic.

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    1. Pendejo. CDS owns Sinaloa and if anybody gets caught there CDS responds with force unless they themselves gives permission who they can arrest. CDS also owns the press there so they can blame somebody like Linea for this crime.
      Cops will not risk confronting CDzs over their measly annual salary!

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    2. Yes Edgar Alvarado look how long it took, furthermore they say they are suspects not arested, yet the only one heard that is in jail is the chief of police, who has been currupted for years.

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  9. For anybody who knows and been following borderland beat this stinks of crooked government covering for cds, if it really had been another cartel we would already know all the details

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  10. Mexico is just a running joke to the intl community

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  11. These guys were picked up at a local drug rehab. Mexico is hell.

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  12. The u.s goverment start killing the mormons back in the1800s remember

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    1. I was not alive yet, and can't remember that being in our history books.

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