Former Governor of Colimas Silverio Cavazos Ceballos Killed By Gunmen In Mexico
November 22, 2010 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — A group of armed men killed a former governor of the Mexican state of Colima late Sunday morning outside of his home.
The gunmen shot Silverio Cavazos Ceballos, who left office a year ago, outside his home in Colima’s capital city of the same name, before fleeing in a truck.
The state’s economic development secretary, Rafael Gutiérrez Villalobos, was also wounded in the attack, though the authorities did not say how badly. Authorities have not given a motive for the killing.
Drug cartels operating in the region are the top suspects for the murder of Cavazos, as the groups recently began targeting politicians in areas that the gangs call home or that have lucrative smuggling routes. Colima is home to the port of Manzanillo, the scene of many large seizures of drugs and cash believed linked to drug trafficking.
Authorities in August found 200 tons of precursor chemicals for making synthetic drugs at the port and in May the port’s captain was arrested on drug-trafficking charges.
Cavazos took office in 2005 after the previous governor died in plane crash. In 2008 he traveled with Mexican President Felipe Calderón to California to meet with political officials and immigrant groups.
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