Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico Arrests Alleged Zetas Leader Suspected Of Migrant Massacre

October 9, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — The Mexican Navy captured alleged Zetas cartel chief, Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, suspected of some of the country’s most well known crimes.

Martinez Escobedo was arrested on Saturday and is thought have led the massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas among numerous other crimes, authorities said on Monday. He is also linked to the breaking of 151 prisoners out of jail and the killing of a U.S citizen in 2010, the jailbreak was the largest in recent Mexican history.

Martinez is also suspected of killing dozens and is linked to the 200 unidentified body mass grave found in San Fernando, Mexico.

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


  • The property market in Cuba booms after minor reforms initiated by President Raul Castro.
  • Haiti and the Dominican Republic are preparing for a long campaign against cholera, officials say. Bilateral meetings started on Monday.
  • Haiti moves to increase taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and lottery sales, in order to raise $100 million for the education system, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said on Monday.

Central America


Southern Cone


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