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Cartel Hitman Arrested in Connection with Abduction And Murder of 43 Missing Students

January 17, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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On Friday, an alleged drug cartel hit man was arrested by Mexican law enforcement in connection with the disappearance of 43 college students, believed to have been murdered, in southern Mexico in September.

Mexican officials allege Felipe “The Brush” Rodriguez, aka ‘The Stubborn One,’ who is an alleged hitman for the Guerreros Unidos cartel, was the “material author” of the mass executions. No further details were given.

According to government investigators, on Sept 26th, 43 students were stopped up by the local police as they traveled on buses in the Guerrero state city of Iguala.

The Police allegedly rounded up the students and turned them over to Guerreros Unidos cartel members, who allegedly murdered them and disposed of the bodies by burning them, and threw the remains into a river.

To date DNA testing has identified only identified only one of the 43 students, the families have questioned the detailed account of the disappearances and requested investigators not to close the case.

The chief suspects investigators ordered the abductions are none other than the former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, who has been charged with organized crime and money laundering.

Pineda is said to be the alleged to be the boss of the Guerreros Unidos cartel.

So far most of the 90 suspects arrested in the case have been municipal police officers.


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