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Gunmen execute former border state mayor linked to powerful Mexican drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada

January 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Gunmen execute former border state mayor linked to powerful Mexican drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada

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A former border state mayor with purported links to Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada – one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords, was executed by a group of unidentified armed men on Saturday.

Authorities in the Northwestern Mexican state of Durango confirmed the murder of 42-year-old Santiago Cháidez Jiménez, the former mayor of Canelas, a municipality with 734 inhabitants located in the southwestern part of the state.

Local reports indicate the deadly attack occurred Saturday around 3:30 p.m. after a group of armed assassins ambushed Jaménez and another man in the town’s municipal public square.

Both men suffered fatal gunshot wounds at the hands of the gunmen, who immediately fled the scene following the attack, according to SDP Noticias.

Santiago Cháidez Jiménez, a former mayor of the Mexican state of Durango was executed Saturday

Law enforcement officials haven’t detailed a possible motive for the murder of the former official but maintained that authorities are investigating the deadly attack.

Canelas is a known Sinaloa Cartel stronghold made famous for hosting the 2007 wedding of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his beauty queen wife Emma Coronel Aispuro.

Santiago Cháidez served one term as mayor of the locality from 2013 to 2016, which was marred by allegations of corruption and his purported ties to Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

A September 2015 report published by Proceso first exposed the alleged links of Santiago Cháidez with organized crime.

The former mayor was linked to Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada,

The report accused Cháidez Jiménez of protecting “El Mayo” Zambada’s illicit drug trafficking business, even implicating him in at least 20 executions during his term as mayor.

“Both authorities in the state of Durango, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, Army and Navy received reports that Santiago Cháidez Jiménez, mayor of Canelas, located in the Golden Triangle of Drug Trafficking, keeps that region in an atmosphere of terror in pursuit of the interests of those of “El Mayo” Zambada,” Proceso reported.

“Authorities also attribute Cháidez Jiménez to the intellectual authorship related to a string of murders and disappearances during the two years that he has been in office, and regret that none of the institutions to which they have appealed have done anything about it,” the report added.

Days after the report was published, Cháidez Jiménez vehemently denied wrongdoing and described what he called “intended to undermine his position as mayor.”

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