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Former top cop in Mexican border state sentenced to 75 years for Zetas cartel massacre, incineration

December 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former top cop in Mexican border state sentenced to 75 years for Zetas cartel massacre, incineration

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The second-highest ranking lawman in the border state of Coahuila will spend 75 years behind bars for his role in assisting members of the Los Zetas drug cartel to commit one of the worst mass atrocities in Mexico’s history in which 300 villagers were abducted from a rural town, systematically massacred, and their remains incinerated using a network of ovens.

Between March 2011 and 2013, the Los Zetas kidnapped, executed, and incinerated at least 300 people from Piedras Negras and Allende, just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.

Zetas cartel hitmen burned roughly 150 of the victims in ovens at the state prison in Piedras Negras. Some of the remains were incinerated using 55-gallon drums filled with fuel.

Juan Ariel Hernandez Ramos, the second in command at the Allende Police department, appeared before a state judge this week and was given a 75-year sentence on charges of aggravated kidnapping, Excelsior reported.

According to the Coahuila Attorney General’s Office, the former police officials kept Los Zetas up to date about local, state, and federal law enforcement operations in the area.

Ramos also relayed orders from Los Zetas leadership to his subordinates.

Juan Ariel Hernández Ramos was sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in the 2011 Allende Massacre

State prosecutors were only able to formally charge Hernandez for 28 abductions that occurred in March 2011, when Los Zetas launched their massacre. Police have been able to identify and target 14 suspects.

Despite the prosecutions, top Coahuila state officials allegedly turned a blind eye to the horrors to avoid any consequences.

At the time, the drug cartel had full operational control of the state and had bribed or threatened officials at the highest levels.

Los Zetas managed to mobilize convoys of gunmen with impunity and without resistance from authorities.

When the criminal organization started their massacre in Allende, the cartel targeted every person that was related to, was friends with or had done business with those believed to have turned against the Zetas.

Although the slaughter began in March 2011, disappearances throughout northern Coahuila continued until 2013. The true number of victims remains unclear.

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