Guerrero: Suspect Linked to Disappearance of Ayotzinapa 43 Detained


“During the early hours of this Saturday, based on intelligence information and a call to 911, there was an alert about the presence of armed persons in the Los Doctores de Iguala de la Independencia neighborhood, Guerrero, a fact that led to the detection of three men who were traveling in two vehicles with high-powered weapons”, the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection reported. Among these people was Mateo Benitez Palacios, better known as “El Gordo”, who had an arrest warrant against him for alleged crimes committed in the municipality of Iguala, as well as in the trial of the disappearance of 43 students from the Normal Rural “Raúl Isidro Burgos”, Ayotzinapa, in 2014.

According to media information, Benitez Palacios is also designated by federal authorities as an alleged member of La Sierra Cartel, which was derived from Los Tilos criminal group, an branch of the Guerreros Unidos organization.

For more information in Spanish:

Detienen a sujeto ligado con desaparición de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa(Aristegui Noticias, 15 de enero de 2021)

Caso Ayotzinapa: autoridades detienen a presunto implicado en la desaparición de los 43 normalistas (El Economista, 16 de enero de 2021)

Detienen a “El Gordo”, implicado en la desaparición de los 43 de Ayotzinapa (W Radio, 16 de enero de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero/National/International: Seventh Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Student Teachers from Ayotzinapa (September 29, 2020)

Guerrero/National: Key Piece of Investigation Lost with Murder of Criminal Leader in Ayotzinapa Case (August 6, 2021)

Guerrero: Former Commander of Ministerial Police Linked to Ayotzinapa Case Murdered (June 17, 2021)

Guerrero/National: Remains of One of Ayotzinapa 43 Identified (June 17, 2021)

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