Monday, August 29, 2011

Five Zeta Cartel Members Arrested in Connection With The Casino Royale Massacre Identified

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Suspects have confessed to planning and setting the casino on fire that claimed 52 lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 29, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Monday, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of the state of Nuevo León reported that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the Casino Royale massacre. De la Cruz confirmed that 52 people were killed last Thursday inside the casino when it was doused with gasoline and set on fire by the suspects.
The five suspects were taken into custody by the Mexican military and have confessed to participating in the mass killing. They are also members of the Zeta Cartel and more suspects are being sought, according to De la Cruz.
The suspects were trying to extort $10,000 dollars a week from the Casino Royale owners. The owners refused to pay and the Zetas retaliated and set the casino on fire.
The victims were trapped inside because most of the exits were locked and the Zetas poured gasoline at the entrance. Then they ignited a blaze blocking the front exits and trapping people inside.
Two of the suspects were video taped at a nearby gas station filling cans of gas. The same vehicle at the gas station was also seen at the casino afterwards.
The Zeta suspects were identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, "El Chihuas" from Chihuahua, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, "El Javo" from Monterrey, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18,  from Monterrey, Juan Angel Leal Florez, 20, aka, "El Cash" or "El Casillas" from Monterrey and Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, "El Julio Rayas" from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás.
The suspects will be lined up and presented to the media on Tuesday.

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