MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s navy said Monday that the country’s marines captured a drug cartel suspect carrying the ID cards of a newspaper employee who was killed in May along with three photographers.
Suspect Juan Carlos Hernandez Pulido is allegedly a local chief of informers for the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug gang, the navy said. The navy said Hernandez Pulido was detained Friday in the Gulf Coast port city of Veracruz as he handed out packets of drugs to a group of men.
The navy said Hernandez Pulido was carrying the ID cards of Irasema Becerra, who had been an administrative worker at a local newspaper and was the girlfriend of one of the dead photographers. Five other journalists have been killed in Veracruz state so far this year.
At the time, the May killings had been thought to bear the hallmarks of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel; the victims were slain, dismembered and their bodies stuffed into black plastic bags dumped into a waste canal.
However, Hernandez Pulido is allegedly linked to a gang allied with the Sinaloa cartel, which is fighting the Zetas for control of Veracruz and other states.
Elsewhere in Veracruz, the state prosecutors’ office said seven members of a family, three adults and four children, were found dead at their home, with their throats slit. The children were reportedly between 3 and 12 years old.
The bodies were found Friday in the rural hamlet of Manlio Fabio Altamirano, on the Gulf Coast, by neighbors who smelled strange odors coming from the house.
The family had been dead for about three days, prosecutors said.
And in the northern Mexico state of San Luis Potosi, state police said the gunmen who killed the mayor-elect of the city of Matehuala Sunday used assault rifles of the kind frequently wielded by drug gangs.
Edgar Morales Perez, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and an adviser who was traveling with him also died in the attack, but the adviser’s wife survived. His party, known as the PRI, issued a statement Sunday calling on authorities to investigate the killings and punish those responsible.
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