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Fed up residents in Mexican state of Guerrero take mother of cartel leader hostage

December 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Fed up residents in Mexican state of Guerrero take mother of cartel leader hostage

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Fed up village residents, responding to the kidnapping of a local engineer in the strife-ridden western Mexican state of Guerrero, took matters into their own hands when they captured the mother of a local organized criminal over the weekend.

Armed gang members belonging to a group called the ‘Tequilero’ gang kidnapped Isauro de Paz Duque late Sunday afternoon in the town of Valle de Luz, located in the municipality of San Miguel Totolapan, prompting a response by villagers, according to Milenio.

“We’ve got his mom, we have his mother here, of the man they call ‘El Tequilero,’” Duque’s wife said at a rally after the gang threatened to kill her husband.

Authorities have identified ‘El Tequilero’ as Raybel Jacobo Almonte, a violent gangster who leads a new group of former hit men with the Beltran-Leyva and La Famiglia Michoacana cartels.

The woman offered to exchange Almonte’s mother in return for her husband in front of 100 town residents who gathered in the town’s square, before declaring that they would raise an armed defense force against the local Tequileros gang, who have been responsible for numerous crimes in the region, including kidnappings.

The victim’s wife declared Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo responsible for her husband’s abduction and accused the governor of not doing enough to fight the raging crime in the municipality.

Signs held at the rally also addressed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which declared that the town had grown tired of the executions, kidnappings, and extortion committed by Los Tequileros.

“Today we have decided to defend our families and our lives and our property with our own hands,” one sign read.
Authorities have sought to arrest Almonte following a mass kidnapping in the town of Ajuchitlán del Progreso three weeks ago.

Mexican Police officials also suspect that Almonte was involved in the 2014 assassination of a local city councilman in San Miguel Totolapan.

After the rally, villagers occupied the local police station while arresting people accused of colluding with the gang, among them included the gang leader’s mother, a municipal councilor, and several hawks or informants for the criminal group.

The rise of the armed civilian group in Valle de Luz transpires after the residents of San Jerónimo El Grande did the same last month and more towns are likely to follow suit in response to the crime rate in Mexico’s most violent state, which continues to spiral.

Currently, there are over 50 groups operating in Guererro, a direct result of the ongoing fragmentation taking hold among the major drug cartels in Mexico.

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