Mexican authorities made arrests in connection with the LeBarón case

Mexican authorities and the FBI are collaborating in the investigation

Mexican authorities made arrests in connection with the LeBarón case
On November 4, the women and children were ambushed and massacred by alleged cartel members - Photo: José Luis González/REUTERS
English 12/11/2019 13:55 Reuters Mexico City Lizbeth Diaz Actualizada 13:59
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On Monday, Mexico's Security Minister, Alfonso Durazo, announced that authorities had made an unspecified number of arrests in connection with the massacre of three women and six children, who were part of the breakaway Mormon community LeBarón and who were also dual Mexican-U.S. citizens.

“There have been arrests, but it’s not up to us to give information,” Durazo told reporters.

The Attorney General's Office (FGR) said it could not release more information because this is an ongoing investigation.

LeBarón case: the rise of four Mexican drug cartels

The women and children were members of Mormon families who settled in Mexico in the 1920s. They were killed on November 4, on a road in the border between Chihuahua and Sonora by suspected drug cartel gunmen.

Durazo explained that prosecutors in Sonora, as well as federal prosecutors, are in charge of the investigation. However, a spokeswoman for the Sonora government said: “We don’t have that information.”

Until now, the Mexican government has said it believes the Mormon victims were caught in the midst of a territorial dispute between two cartels, but the victims' relatives have rejected this theory an argue that their families were directly targeted by the criminals.

FBI to investigate the LeBarón case

On Sunday, Mexico’s government asked the FBI to participate in the investigation.

After the massacre of the members of the LeBarón community, around 100 members left their homes to stay in the U.S. permanently.

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