Two Cartel Leaders Linked With LeBaron Massacre Arrested

Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Mexican authorities have captured two cartel bosses believed to be linked to the notorious LeBaron Massacre of three women and six children on the way to a wedding.

According to national newspaper La Vanguardia, the two men were arrested in the colony of Nuevo Casas Grandes, in the northeastern Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Elements of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) and the National Guard (GN) arrested two men, identified as leaders of La Línea drug cartel, identified as Miguel P. A. H, alias “Puentes”, and Gildardo P.N, alias “G3”.

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The two gang leaders have been arrested on charges of organised crime, crimes against public health and possession of exclusive army firearms.

According to La Vanguardia, La Linea Cartel is thought to be linked to the LeBaron Massacre in November last year of 9 U.S. citizens who were ambushed on their way to a wedding.

The victims were part of the extended LeBaron family, Mormon fundamentalists who first came to Mexico nearly a century ago when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City became divided over polygamy.

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The family head Alma Dayer LeBaron brought his wives and children across the border to Mexico in 1924 and founded the LeBaron colony.

Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said he believed the killings were most likely a case of mistaken identity, with a drug cartel mistaking the family SUVs for a rival gang.

Authorities say they are investigating the role of the two leaders in the massacre as well as a recent attack by the cartel on the town of Las Pomas where gang members burnt 22 houses.

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