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Two members of Los Zetas Cartel sent to prison for incinerating victims in Mexican border state

July 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two members of Los Zetas Cartel sent to prison for incinerating victims in Mexican border state

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Two members of Los Zetas Drug Cartel were hit with long prison sentences for their participation in the disappearance and alleged incineration of various victims in the border city of Piedras Negras, in the state of Coahuila.

During a sentencing in Piedras Negras, a judge ordered Santiago Peralta Garcia to serve 75 years behind bars and Miguel Elguezabal Hernandez 50, on charges of aggravated disappearance.

The charge has to do with the disappearance of seven victims who are believed to have been murdered, incinerated, and their remains disposed of at a river in December 2011.

Since authorities have not recovered the remains of the victims, they charged the Los Zetas members with aggravated disappearance.

Santiago Peralta Garcia (right) was sentenced along with Miguel Elguezabal Hernandez (left)

The victims were all relatives of a family that was abducted, murdered, and incinerated inside of the prison’s carpentry yard. The ashes of the seven innocent people were later discarded in the San Rodrigo River in the rural area of El Moral.

Piedras Negras is located directly south of Eagle Pass, Texas, and has long been considered a profitable smuggling route employed by Los Zetas.

In early 2016, Los Zetas gunmen abducted, executed, and incinerated over 300 victims from rural communities in northern Coahuila between 2011 and 2013.

Roughly half of those victims were burned inside the state prison in Piedras Negras.

The multiple offenses conducted by Los Zetas were covered up by high-ranking authorities, but have since come to light, Breitbart Texas reported.

Top Zetas commander David Alejandro “Diablo” Loreto Mejorado, (left) was killed in a shootout with authorities in 2013. Ramon Burciaga Magallanes (middle) and Francisco Javier Velez Bertaud (left) were convicted and await sentencing.

Court records and testimony in U.S. trials indicated that key Los Zetas leaders would shell out regular bribes to officials at all levels in the state of Coahuila–which reportedly included the governor’s office.

In addition to the burning of at least 150 victims inside the facility, in 2012, Los Zetas organized a brazen escape where 132 prisoners fled with help from authorities inside of the detention center.

It was not until 2014 did state officials look into the events at the facility.

One of the most prominent Los Zetas commanders linked with the atrocities inside the prison is David Alejandro “Diablo” Loreto Mejorado, was killed in a shooting with police in 2013. Two other Zetas identified as Ramon Burciaga Magallanes and Francisco Javier Velez Bertaud were found guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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