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Mexico- 7 detained in drug-cartel ambush that killed 9 Americans

Mexican Prosecutors said a total of 7 suspects have now been detained in connection with the November 4 slaughter of 9 U.S. dual-national women and children (3 women and 6 children) in a drug cartel ambush. 

The Federal prosecutors said, three men were arrested in recent days and charged with organized crime for drug offenses. However, none charged with murder. 

The Prosecutors said four other suspects are being held under house arrest. The name of one suspect announced by federal prosecutors matches the police chief of the town of Janos, Chihuahua, near where the killings occurred.

Local media reported the police chief had been arrested in the killings of members of the extended LeBaron family. They reported Alejandro Villegas had been paid by the La Linea drug gang.

However, prosecutors in Mexico are barred by law from identifying suspects by their full name. 

Julian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in the ambush said the police chief had been arrested.

“Who vets them?” LeBaron asked. “He (the police chief) was there for 13 years”, he said, questioning how the authorities didn’t know the man was working for a drug cartel.

Many members of the extended family have questioned why Mexico’s strict gun laws prevent them from having firepower equal to the cartels’.

“The police have a local monopoly on weapons and they participate in the murder of women and children,” LeBaron said.

According to the authorities, the area where the killings happened, several cartels operate over there. The family members living in a faith-based community lived in the Sonora state and many had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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