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Mexican authorities arrest Zetas leader accused of 2010 San Fernando massacre

November 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest Zetas leader accused of 2010 San Fernando massacre

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On Tuesday, police and military forces in Mexico on Tuesday arrested an “old school” Zetas cartel leader who reportedly orchestrated the 2010 San Fernando Massacre that involved the slaughter of 72 Central American migrants in the state of Tamaulipas.

The suspect was identified as 56-year-old Martiniano Jaramillo also known as El Pata de Queso” o “El Güero 74.”

Prosecutors said he was taken into custody at a hospital near the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria.

According to Excelsior, Jaramillo is facing charges of organized crime and abduction, including the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen.

Martiniano de Jesus Jaramillo Silva aka El Pata de Queso” o “El Güero 74” i

In addition to the San Fernando massacre, officials said Jaramillo was also connected to the May killing of activist Miriam Rodriguez, who spent years looking for her missing daughter and found her body.

In 2010, Zetas cartel gunmen executed 72 migrants in the town of San Fernando.

Detectives said the migrants were murdered after they refused to work for the cartel.

The next year, another 193 bodies were recovered buried in San Fernando, most of them migrants who had been abducted off buses and murdered by the Zetas.

Jaramillo and several other of the cartel’s original members founded the Old School Zetas following a split within the Los Zetas organization.

The group has remained in the midst of a brutal turf war with a rival faction known as the Cartel del Noreste led by the family of imprisoned Zetas bosses Omar and Miguel Angel Trevino.

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