Municipal Murders Highlight Local Corruption in Mexico

INSIGHT CRIME — A mayor and four municipal police officers were arrested for the grisly murder of 10 people in Mexico’s turbulent state of Michoacán, an event that could prompt debate over the slow implementation of the country’s principal police reform program.

Michoacán Attorney General José Martín Godoy Castro said four police officers forced a group of people at a grocery store in the town of Cuitzeo into a pickup truck on July 29, reported AFP. The next day, 10 incinerated bodies were found in the burned out truck. Citing unidentified witnesses, Godoy Castro said the officers had abducted the individuals on orders from Juan Carlos Arreygue, mayor of the municipality of Álvaro Obregón.

Michoacán Gov. Silvano Aureoles Conejo said that it was likely the gruesome killings were related to disputes over territorial control in the drug trade, reported Cambio de Michoacán. The governor went on to say that according to federal authorities, Arreygue had links to the now deceased Enrique “Kike” Plancarte, a former leader in the Knights Templar cartel. Plancarte was killed in a confrontation with the Mexican Navy in 2014 in the state of Querétaro.

On August 1, Aureoles Conejo said that the Center for Investigation and National Security (Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional) and the Attorney General’s Office had previously found evidence linking the mayor to organized crime, reported Cambio de Michoacán.

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