Suspect in Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case Arrested

LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE — MEXICO CITY – A suspected member of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 43 education students in southern Mexico in 2014, the National Security Commission said.

Nicolas Najera Salgado was detained as a result of the investigation into the disappearances.

Investigators’ findings “allowed us to learn that Najera Salgado is presumably involved in the production and trafficking of drugs into the United States and takes his orders from Angel Casarrubias Salgado,” the commission said in a statement.

Angel Casarrubias is the brother of Guerreros Unidos leader Sidronio Casarrubias, who was arrested in 2014 for allegedly being involved in the students’ disappearance.

Investigators suspect that Najera Salgado is also linked to the disappearance of the students, the commission said.

Iguala municipal police officers fired gunshots at students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, a nearby teacher-training facility, on the night of Sept. 26, 2014, Mexican officials say.

Six people died that night, 25 were wounded and 43 students were detained by police and then handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.

The official version of events is that the Guerreros Unidos cartel murdered the students and cremated the remains at the dump in Cocula in an enormous fire that burned for hours.

On Sunday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts investigating the case released their second and final report on the students’ disappearance, raising more questions about the official investigation.

The Attorney General’s Office, for its part, said it provided the experts with “full access to the information needed to do their work” and denied that soldiers were involved in the disappearance of the students.


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