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Could Mexico’s First Lady of Narcotics walk in disappearence of 43 students after court ruling?

April 30, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Could Mexico’s First Lady of Narcotics walk in disappearence of 43 students after court ruling?

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The arrests of Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala and his wife Maria de Los Angles Pineda in connection with the mass murder of the 43 missing students, galvanized many who seek justice in the Guerrero state and throughout Mexico.

However, despite their arrests, Albarca and Pineda still have not been charged with the alleged mass murder.

The case evolved the night the buses of the 43 students stopped after being fired upon by municipal police on the alleged orders of the former Mayor in retaliation for planning a protest where his wife was scheduled to give a speech.

The police reportedly loaded the students in vehicles and handed them over to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, never to be seen again. DNA testing identified the remains of only one of the students abducted that fateful night.


Prosecutors have not been able to implicate Pineda or her husband to the murders of the students and feel there is insufficient evidence to win a conviction. Since their arrests on November 4th, 2014, the former and current Attorney General both failed to indict Abarca and Pineda for the 43 murders after the courts rejected the case due to lack of evidence.

Pineda was instead indicted on a separate charges of organized crime and money laundering not in connection to the missing students.

Proving Pineda’s involvement with organized crime involvement will not be difficult, her entire family has a violent past with deep ties to organized crime.

Two of Pineda’s brothers were top lieutenants in the Beltran Leyva cartel. However after betraying Arturo Beltran Leyva, they were both executed.

Pineda’s other brother Solomon is a leader in the Guerreros Unidos cartel. The entire Pineda family, including both her parents have lengthy arrest records stemming from organized crime activities.

The indictment accuses Pineda of laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds for the Beltran Leyva Cartel and the Guerreros Unidos.

Authorities say the former Mayor’s wife is an actual leader in the cartel.

Sergio Villarreal Barragán, aka “El Grande” the former narco-trafficker, turned informant gave detailed information regarding Pineda and her brothers, who were both one-time high-ranking members of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Pineda helped her brother Solomon establish the Guerreros Unidos after the Beltran Leyva cartel splintered into smaller groups. Barragan says Pineda laundered the cartel’s money from drug trafficking by investing into several different ventures including the purchase of real estate in Tres Palos, Acapulco.

Sergio Villarreal Barragan 'El Grande'

Sergio Villarreal Barragan ‘El Grande’

Villarreal even suggested Pineda had an extramarital affair with cartel boss Arturo Beltran. Barragan claimed Pineda attended parties hosted by Beltran Leyva in Cuernavaca with both of her brothers, but never with her husband.

In addition, she funneled millions of pesos from the city of Iguala to the cartel while her husband was mayor and threatened opponents of her husband with violence.
On her orders the cartel abducted a Atruro Hernandez, a political activist and rival of her husband.

Surviving witnesses told police after being beaten and tortured, Albarca personally picked up an AK-47, before killing Hernandez, he allegedly told him, “You F*** with me, now I get to see you die.” Neither Abarca or his wife were charged with the murder of Hernandez, despite eyewitness accounts.

Oddly, when the court heard Pineda’s case, prosecutors denied her right to present a defense. Many legal experts called the prosecutor’s actions careless enough to suspect they did it intentionally. The prosecutor’s actions led a federal judge to throw out Pineda’s arrest warrant after he rendered the process unlawful.

A judicial review is being conducted by a panel, if the judge’s ruling is upheld, she could walk. The Mexican attorney general has accused Pineda of having connections to the Guerros Unidos cartel, suspected in the disappearance of the 43 students.

The lead prosecutor indicated he had all but given up trying to indict either Abarca and his wife with the murders of the students. And will instead pursue additional charges of organized crime including trying to bribe officers who arrested them.

The prosecutor vowed he would not allow Pineda to walk because of the court ruling. “The Judge’s decision doesn’t mean she is free; there are still other crimes she will be prosecuted for, including the crimes against health, which is a serious offense,” he said.

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