A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the April 14th murder of Baja California Sur journalist Maximino Rodríguez Palacios.
The suspect, along with the other three, has been identified as a member of a gang known as Fuerzas Especiales de Dámaso, or Dámaso’s special forces, seen as an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel but now suspected of having joined up with the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.
Arrested in La Paz, the suspect has been linked to other acts of violence in the southern part of the state. His presumed associates were arrested on June 1 on the order of an agent from the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (Feadle) in relation to the murder of Rodríguez.
According to the authorities, Juan Antonio de la Peña González, José de Jesús Cano Vega, and Sergio Asunción Sedano participated in at least nine other crimes in locations in Baja California Sur.
In Los Cabos, the Dámaso gang is led by an individual known only by his nickname, El Colores, who received direct orders from Dámaso “El Licenciado” López Núñez, arrested last month in Mexico City.
The investigation has determined that Rodríguez was murdered on the orders of El Colores, presumably after the journalist denounced a series of crimes committed by the gang.
The 73-year-old was a crime reporter for a local blog and other publications.
Source: Milenio (sp)