Mexican authorities announced the arrest of four suspects in connection with their alleged roles inside the high-profile attack in which killed nine women along with children coming from a Mormon U.S. family last month in Sonora. One was identified as the regional leader for the “La Linea” faction of the Juarez Cartel.
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) made the announcement on Sunday afternoon as international pressure mounts over the massacre. A man identified only as “Mario H.” or “El Mayo” coming from the Juarez Cartel (not to be mistaken for Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada coming from the Sinaloa Cartel) was named as the individual largely responsible for the November 4 attack where a group of cartel gunmen ambushed along with murdered nine women along with children as they drove toward the U.S.-Mexico Border destined for Phoenix, Arizona.
Sobre los homicidios cometidos contra la familia LeBarón #FGRInforma. El #EjércitoMexicano y la #PFM detuvieron el mes pasado a un presunto participante en los hechos, logrando el arraigo del individuo y obteniendo pruebas que se han estado periciando. https://t.co/xDHbh8E6Ht pic.twitter.com/OabSE2bkuV
— FGR México (@FGRMexico) December 1, 2019
The arrest of El Mayo along with two different men took place in a series of raids, the statement revealed. Those arrests followed the capture of another gunman in November who reportedly gave “more information about the individuals involved.” Mexican authorities have not released any information about the identity of the different suspects or the details on their arrests.
Mexican authorities say the attack on the LeBaron family was a case of mistaken identity since cartel gunmen mistook the family’s SUVs for a rival convoy. The severity of the case indicates an apparent lack of control over Mexico’s highways. Prior to the LeBaron incident, La Linea carried out attacks on towns controlled by factions of the Sinaloa Cartel inside the same border state. La Linea had deployed gunmen throughout their turf, expecting a similar incursion coming from rivals.
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