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Making Colombia Seem Tame
Human Rights – As Mexico’s violent hellscape continues to flourish, authorities claim more foul play at the hand of the Los Zetas drug cartel – what is considered one of the nation’s most dangerous and widespread criminal organizations. Local police report that the cartel founder had an extensive arsenal of around 170 deadly weapons when he was captured on Monday. The corruption doesn’t end there, however, as the alleged founder may have had ties to the disappearance of nine Mexican marines.
Jose Luis Vergara, a Navy spokesman claimed that the suspect in question, Raul Locio Hernandez Lechuga was responsible for operations involving the state of Veracruz… The same location where the nine marines mysteriously vanished. Vergara stated that a marine turned up wounded the same night in a firefight.
After the Hernandez Lechuga bust, marines found over 133 rifles, several grenade launchers, 29 grenades, and 36 pistols during their raid. Marines also found bulletproof vests with the letter “z” insignia in the front (insert Zoro joke here).
The Mexican navy abductions remain a mystery wrapped in a conundrum, but the authorities might have been onto something upon their arrest of Hernandez Lechuga-a super-fiend who made the infamous list of Mexico’s 37 most wanted drug traffickers. What’s strange is that following his arrest, 22 of the 37 have either been killed or detained… hmmm.
A month after the Hernandez Lechuga raid, the bodies of the marines were finally discovered in a pit (I know, how morbid) on the outskirts of Veracruz city. Hernandez Lechuga has been unofficially linked to the deaths of the marines, but there has yet to be a legitimate announcement.
Read more at the Associated Press.