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Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Commander -The Squirrel- Held in Migrant Massacre
Photo: Los Zeta Commander- the squirrel
A man suspected of taking part in the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants from Central and South America in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was captured, the Navy Secretariat said.
Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, suspected of being the regional boss for the Los Zetas drug cartel in Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas states, was arrested on Saturday, the secretariat said.
Martinez Escobedo was arrested in Nuevo Laredo, which is across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, a Tamaulipas state official told Efe before the navy announcement was made.
“He was arrested when military personnel clashed with gunmen,” the official said.
Martinez Escobedo allegedly ordered the killings of the migrants at a ranch outside San Fernando, a city in Tamaulipas, in August 2010.
Migrants headed for the United States are often targeted by Mexican criminal organizations, which kidnap them or try to forcibly recruit them to join their gangs.
Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, is suspected of murdering the migrants.
Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla, an Ecuadorian teenager who survived the massacre, notified Mexican marines of the killings, telling officials that the migrants were kidnapped by armed men before they reached the U.S. border.
Mexican marines found the bodies of the 58 men and 14 women after a shootout with gunmen at the ranch that left a marine and three criminals dead.
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.
After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.
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