Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Casino Royale Massacre Masterminds Identified And Sought By Mexican Federal Police

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Four Zeta leaders in Monterrey identified by Mexican feds.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 14, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Wednesday, José Cuitláhuac Salinas Martínez, the Assistant Attorney General (PGR) for the region in Nuevo León identified four alleged Zeta leaders who mastermind the Casino Royale massacre. The Zeta suspects remain at large and up to $15 million pesos ($1,250,000 U.S.) reward is being offered for information leading to their arrest.
The Zeta suspects were identified as Francisco Medina Mejía, aka, "El Quemado," Baltasar Saucedo Estrada, aka, "El Mataperros," who is believed to be the second in command of the Zetas in the Monterrey region, Roberto Carlos López Castro or Alberto Alejandro Reyes, aka, "El Toruño" and José Alberto Loera Rodríguez, aka. "El Voltaje."
Authorities were able to identify the suspect through tips and confessions from other Zeta members who were taken into custody in connection with the Casino Royale massacre. In late August, a commando of Zetas entered the Casino Royale and killed at least 53 people. The Zetas opened fire at slot machines, fatally shot people, then threw granades inside and doused gasoline in the entrance and ignited it. Most of the casino exits were locked and people couldn't escape the burning building.
The Zetas tried to extort $10,000 from Raúl Rocha Cantú, the owner of the casino. Cantú refused to pay the Zetas. The Zetas in retaliation burned down the casino. Cantú fled Mexico and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Interpol. He is believed to be in the U.S.
Several days later, authorities found the abandon vehicles used in the massacre. The feds were able to get fingerprints from one of the vehicles that let them to arrest Julio Tadeo Berrones Ramírez, 28, aka, "El Julio Rayas" from the Morales ranch in San Nicolás. Ramírez had a previous criminal record. Ramirez's arrest also led to the arrest of Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinoza, 25, aka, "El Chihuas" from Chihuahua, Javier Alonso Martínez Morales, 37, aka, "E Javo" from Monterrey, Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutiérrez, 18,  from Monterrey and Juan Angel Leal Florez, 20, aka, "El Cash" or "El Casillas" from Monterrey.
Also Miguel Ángel Barrazo García Escamilla, a Nuevo León State Police Officer was taken into custody for helping the Zetas. Escamilla was the lookout during the mass muder and was captured in a surveillance video near the casino.
Salinas Martínez also identified 14 other Zeta suspects by their aliases who are wanted by the feds. They were identified as El Toro, El Junior, El Papas, El Colitas, El Vogar, El Tita, La Kitty or La Pelirroja, La Beba, El Negro, El Chimpas or Chimpa or Chilpa, El Flaco, El Huevo, El Tony and El Casillas.

The August news video of Zetas presented to media at link;

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