Guatemalan Accused of Police Killings Detained in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican police have arrested an alleged Guatemalan drug capo accused of being behind the massacre of nine police officers in his home country last June, officials said.

Eduardo Villatoro, nicknamed "Guayo," was captured Friday in the southern Chiapas state town of Tuxtla Gutierrez along with a member of his gang named Edgar Waldiny Herrera Villatoro, Guatemalan authorities said.

"The capture concludes a successful operation following the massacre of the police officers, and this gang has been broken up," Guatemalan President Otto Perez told reporters.

The pair were later deported and handed over to Guatemalan authorities.

Authorities accuse Villatoro of leading a gang that killed eight officers inside a police station in the western town of Salcaja on June 13 and kidnapping their chief, Cesar Garcia, whose body was found dismembered a week later.

Following the killings, the government launched a 1,000-strong police and military operation to capture the gang leader and offered a $13,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Authorities have captured more than 35 gang members and seized 33 guns, 12 rifles, 43 horses, 67 cockfighting roosters and several homes.

Guatemala is a key transit point for cocaine heading to the United States. The small Central American nation is also plagued by violence that leaves 16 people dead per day.

 

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