Mexican Authorities Arrest 21 Suspects in Connection to Drug Cartel-Linked Attacks on Journalists and Politicians

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“Twenty-one members of a drug gang linked to the Sinaloa cartel have been detained in connection with as many as 30 killings and the abduction of five non-editorial employees of a newspaper who were later released, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang’s alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.

A statement from the state prosecutor’s office said the suspects included at least six females; all were arrested in the northern city of Gomez Palacio and surrounding areas. …

State Attorney General Sonia de la Garza said the gang dealt drugs, but also acted as an enforcement wing for the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

” — Gomez Palacio, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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