A key figure in the investigation of the Iguala-Cocula massacre last September has been arrested in Cuernavaca, Morelos.
The former deputy chief of police of Iguala, Francisco Salgado Valladares, wanted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students of the Ayotzinapa teacher training school, was nabbed yesterday.
He had been in hiding since October in the homes of family members in Morelos and Guerrero. After authorities learned that he was planning a meeting in Cuernavaca, he was arrested without incident as he approached the meeting location by car.
The investigation into the deaths of the students has revealed that the Iguala deputy chief was on the payroll of the gang believed responsible for their deaths. His monthly income from the Guerreros Unidos is said to have been 600,000 pesos, or about US $40,000.
Salgado Valladares, 41, is suspected of being responsible for the deaths of 13 of the students after ordering they be handed over to gang members who then killed them and burned the bodies.
Two more key suspects remain to be caught: former Iguala police chief Felipe Flores Velázquez and Guerreros Unidos leader Gildardo López Astudillo.
Source: Milenio (sp)