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Authorities detain top Sinaloa Cartel operator in murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach

December 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities detain top Sinaloa Cartel operator in murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach

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A top Sinaloa Cartel operative is in custody for his purported role in the slaying of journalist Miroslava Breach, who reported on the Mexican drug war. She is one of a minimum of 12 journalists who were murdered in Mexico this year.

On Monday, Mexican authorities announced that they had arrested the man believed to have ordered the slaying of Miroslava Breach, who was shot and killed outside of her residence back in March.

The governor of the state of Chihuahua called Juan Carlos Moreno Ochoa alias¬†“El Larry”¬† the “intellectual author” of the 54-year-old’s murder.

Mexican authorities make rare arrest in murder of acclaimed journalist Miroslava Breach

The state’s attorney general, Cesar Augusto Peniche, told the Reforma newspaper that the 43-year-old man is a member of the “Los Salazar” group, which is a faction of the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel.

According to Proceso, Moreno was apprehended along with two others on Monday in the town of Bacobampo, in the state of Sonora.

Another suspect, Ramon Zavala, who is accused of being the gunman who shot Breach, was executed on Friday by unidentified armed assailants.

Juan Carlos Moreno, the purported head of Los Salazar, was charged in the murder of the Mexican journalist

Breach, a veteran crime and politics journalist for the newspapers La Jornada and Norte de Juarez, was discovered dead inside of her vehicle with gunshot wounds to her head. She wrote extensively on Mexico’s drug trafficking issues and government corruption.

One of her final stories was related to a war between two rival bosses in the Juarez drug cartel.

At least ten journalists have been killed this year in the country, and over 100 have been murdered since 2000.

After Syria, Mexico is the world’s most dangerous country for reporters, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) watchdog revealed.

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