Friday, September 2, 2011

Nuevo León State Police Officer Implicated In Casino Royale Massacre

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State police officer served as a lookout while Zetas killed and set casino on fire.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 2, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Thursday, Nuevo León State Police Officer Miguel Ángel Barraza García was taken into custody by the federal attorney general's office (PGR) and the Public Safety Department (SSP) in connection with the Casino Royale massacre. García is the sixth suspect facing multiple murder charges for the massacre of 53 people. The victims were shot and then the casino was doused with gasoline and burned down. He was implicated in the homicides and served as a look out for the Zetas while they went inside the casino to kill people.
The Zetas tried to extort $10,000 from the owner of the casino. The owner refused to pay the Zetas. The Zetas in retaliation burned down the casino.
Five other Zeta members have been detained and charged with the August 25, Casino Royale massacre that left 53 people dead. They were indentified as 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; Juan Angel Leal Flores, 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.
Mexican authorities have issued a federal warrant against Raúl Rocha Cantú, the owner of the Casino Royale who fled the country. An international warrant with INTERPOL has been issued to apprehend Cantú. Cantú is believed to be in the U.S.

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