Thursday, December 8, 2022
 

Gang member might be key in Iguala case

There has been another development in the Iguala-Ayotzinapa case with the arrest of a gang leader believed to have played a key role in the disappearance of the 43 students the night of September 26.

The capture of Gildardo “El Gil” López Astudillo in the city of Taxco follows the identification of another student among the ashes and remains discovered by investigators at the Cocula garbage dump and a nearby river.

López Astudillo has been identified as the Guerreros Unidos lieutenant who sent text messages to the gang’s leader on the night of September 26, and identified the Ayotzinapa students as members of a rival crime gang.

He advised Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado, who was arrested last October, of the conflict that was taking place in Iguala, allegedly believing that it was members of Los Rojos who were involved, and not students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college.

Federal investigators concluded that the execution of the students was ordered based on that information due to ongoing territorial battles between the two gangs.

The students had traveled to Iguala that evening to raise money to carry on their protests against education reform, and had commandeered several buses to carry them to Mexico City. One of those buses forms the basis of another theory about the events of that night.

Investigators looking into the case and working on behalf of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission suggested in a report earlier this month that one bus may have been carrying a load of heroin destined for the United States.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration believes the Guerreros Unidos used passenger buses to move the drug, hidden in secret compartments, from Guerrero to Chicago.

The presence of the drug on one of the commandeered buses might have been a reason for local authorities, working hand in hand with the drug gang, to apprehend the buses.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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