The army unit of Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero has been accused working with the Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors) drug cartel that is allegedly responsible for disappearing the 43 Ayotzinapa students in complicity with local police, La Jornada reported Thursday.
The municipal commissioner for the Carrizalillo community in Guerrero, Nelson Figueroa, told the left-leaning newspaper that because nobody in the region trusts the army nor the federal police, they will ask the federal government to implement roadblocks in the area to discourage federal security forces from engaging in illegal activities.
Figueroa was in Chilpancingo, the capital of the violent state of Guerrero, to handover the nine federal police officers who were detained by hundreds of outraged civilians in Carrizalillo on Wednesday along with an alleged drug cartel member as they attempted to arrest the local farmland commissioner Ricardo Lopez.
He said that the locals have confirmed “without a doubt” that the Mexican army, federal police and local authorities are working in complicitly with the Guerreros Unidos, who have recently been accused of smuggling huge shipments of heroin and cocaine in buses into the United States.
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The municipal police of Iguala attacked six buses on Sept. 26, 2014, including one transporting a children's soccer team from a game, and others carrying the Ayotzinapa students. That tragic night, police and accomplices said to be federal police and Guerreros Unidos members killed six persons, including three Ayotzinapa students, while forcibly disappearing 43 more.
The Ayotzinapa families have insisted that the military be investigated in connection with the case, but the federal government has refused to do so. But after months of pressure and international condemnation, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto said they would allow for the troops out of Iguala to be questioned, but only in writing.
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In the meantime, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, a joint military-federal police operation resulted in the arrest of the mayor of Cocula, Guerrero, Eric Ulises Ramirez, a militant of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), who was accompanied by one of the Guerreros Unidos' main bosses, Adan Casarrubias.
Eloy Flores, a federal congressional adviser for the PRD, was also arrested with the mayor and the Guerreros Unidos member.
The Attorney General's office (PGR) said they would provide more details of the arrest on Friday, including the objects the were seized along with the three.
In 2012, La Jornada interviewed Mexican army general, Jose Francisco Gallardo, who said high-level military officials have been involved in drug trafficking for decades.
“There are generals who have been working with drug cartel bosses for a very long time,” he said then.
His comments came after five top army general were detained. He suggested he was not surprised the generals were involved in drug trafficking.
“What surprises me is that they finally arrested them,” he told La Jornada.
The DEA has long been investigating the complicity of the Mexican army with drug traffickers, La Jornada added.
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