Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mexican Municipal Mayor Of Santiago In Nuevo León Mexico Found Dead After Being Kidnapped

Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos Leal

Photo: Narco Trafico en Mexico

Members of a drug cartel had threaten Mayor Leal shortly after being elected to office

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 19, 2010

Santiago, Nuevo León, Mexico - Federal authorities in Nuevo León confirmed that the body of Edelmiro Cavazos Leal, 38, Mayor of Santiago had been found after he was reported kidnapped. The body was discovered on Wednesday by several motorcycle riders near highway kilometer 6.9 from Santiago connecting to Cola de Caballo.
On Sunday night, Leal and a bodyguard were kidnapped at his residence by a group of men in uniforms pretending to be judicial federal police, a unit deactivated about nine years ago, according to the state Mexican Atttorney General Alejandro Garza-Garza.
Leal's bodyguard was released on early Monday by his kidnappers and he was able to alert federal police of Leal's kidnapping.
When Leal was elected to office, he was approached and threaten by members of a drug cartel in the area and adviced to work with them and keep quiet, according to Mauricio Fernández Garza, Mayor of San Pedro Garza García in Nuevo León. Mayor Garza notified federal authorities, that Leal had told him of the pending threat and he didn't know, if Leal had contacted the military about the incident with the drug cartel or had asked for protection.
President Felipe Calderón expressed his condolences to Leal's family and vowed to bring the killers and kidnappers to justice. 
Leal was a member of the National Action Political party (PAN).

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