Skip to main content
/world

Suspected Mexican cop-killers reportedly arrested

  • Story Highlights
  • Four arrested in deaths of 12 federal officers last week in southwestern Mexico
  • Suspects believed to have taken orders from boss of La Familia Michoacana cartel
  • Report: Police say Jose Alberto Lopez Barron had gun traced to a slain officer
  • Killings among series of reprisals by La Familia after capture of one of their leaders
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Authorities captured four suspects who allegedly participated in the ambush and killing of 12 federal police officers last week in southwestern Mexico, the state-run news agency Notimex said.

Police present suspected drug dealer Jose Alberto Lopez Barron to the media Wednesday in Mexico City.

Police present suspected drug dealer Jose Alberto Lopez Barron to the media Wednesday in Mexico City.

The arrests follow a deployment of federal police that nearly quadrupled the number of forces in the state of Michoacan, which has recently been a flashpoint in the government's battle against drug trafficking.

Among those arrested was Jose Alberto Lopez Barron, who had a handgun that was traced to one of the slain officers, federal police said at a news conference, Notimex reported.

The other three alleged drug cartel members -- Gamaliel Rodriguez Granados, Evaristo Armas Bello and Jaime Rafael Navarro -- were captured aboard a taxi in a town in Michoacan, Notimex said.

All are believed to have taken direct orders from the boss of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, a group that has become exceedingly violent in recent months, Notimex said.

The 12 slain off-duty police officers were found on the side of a remote highway July 14.

The killings were among a series of reprisals by La Familia after the federal police captured one of their top leaders, authorities said.

All About Familia MichoacanMexicoDrug TraffickingCrime

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print
Quick Job Search
keyword(s):
enter city:
Home  |  World  |  U.S.  |  Politics  |  Crime  |  Entertainment  |  Health  |  Tech  |  Travel  |  Living  |  Money  |  Sports  |  Time.com
© 2014 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.