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Authorities in Tamaulipas capture man wanted in death of 72 migrants

Matamoros, Tamaulipas — A man who is alleged to have participated in the 2010 murders of 72 migrants has been taken into police custody. In a press release, the National Guard reported the September 2 arrest after years of investigative work.

“Elements of the National Guard complied with the order of arrest issued in criminal case 67/2012 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, against Alejandro “N”, a member of the criminal group Los Flacos, armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, who is presumed to be involved in the murder of 72 migrants in the municipality of San Fernando, in the year 2010,” they said.

After monitoring activities related to homicide, kidnapping, extortion and human trafficking, authorities were finally able to locate and arrest Alejandro “N”.

On August 22, 2010, 74 migrants were transferred in two trucks, of which 72 were killed and two survived. The two drivers and an assistant disappeared. Alejandro “N” is identified as the driver of one of the buses and is accused of the crimes of kidnapping, extortion and human trafficking, for which he was admitted to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) in the state of Durango.