Allende's former mayor during his arrest yesterday. Allende's former mayor during his arrest yesterday.

Ex-mayor arrested in Allende massacre

Kidnapping is the charge in the case of 2011 killings allegedly committed by Los Zetas

The former mayor of the Coahuila municipality of Allende has been arrested in connection with what has come to be known as the Allende massacre that took place in March 2011.

The charges against Sergio Alfonso Lozano Rodríguez include aggravated kidnapping, allegedly committed during three days of terror perpetrated by members of the Zetas cartel.

Lozano was arrested outside his Allende home early yesterday morning and transferred to a penitentiary in the neighboring city of Piedras Negras.

The state Attorney General’s office confirmed the charges against the former mayor and reiterated that the official tally of victims came to 11 deaths and 17 missing.

Preliminary investigations have hinted that the total is closer to 50, but other reports have claimed that as many as 300 people disappeared during the Allende massacre.

Members of the Zetas cartel allegedly kidnapped, tortured and killed members of three families named Garza, Moreno and Villanueva in retaliation for not paying for a shipment of drugs worth US $10 million.

Seventeen people have been convicted in the case, including eight members of the Zetas and nine police officers, according to media reports.

Two former Zetas were sentenced in Torreón just last week to 80 and 75-year prison terms.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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