A suspect accused of participating in up to 200 killings has been captured this week along the Jalisco border, a western state within Mexico. The man is believed to have been behind a possible 200 deaths in past years and could be responsible for a string of other bloody crimes, MSN News reports this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
The suspect thought to potentially behind the hundreds of murders was caught by Mexican police, confirmed Mexico’s interior ministry official noted this Tuesday in a national report. The 30-year-old man is Felipe Viveros Garcia, who was caught alongside other suspected criminals Froylan Barrera, age 40, and Jose Bernabe, age 43. Although their captures are recent, an exact date of apprehension has not been provided at this time by the police.
These three individuals, all part of the suspect 200 killings search, are thought to have played major roles in various crimes throughout Mexico, ranging from extortion, drug and arms trafficking, and kidnapping. However, it is only the 30-year-old Felipe Garcia who is believed to be behind the bloodiest string of crimes, the homicides themselves.
"It is presumed that Viveros Garcia ordered and participated in more than 200 murders committed against kidnapping victims, members of rival gangs and drug dealers. He has also been identified as one of the heads of a group extorting various authorities in Jalisco," the statement revealed.
Garcia is believed to have committed these 200 acts of murder within the Jalisco and Guerrero states in recent years, following direct links to a number of kidnappings, say law enforcement officials. The killings, though not orchestrated by the other two suspects, were thought to have been completed with their assistance in providing information and communication venues for the criminal group.
Outside of the suspect 200 killings headline, several major western Mexican states like MIchoacan, Jalisco, and Guerrero have slowly sunk into a violent target of Mexico’s ongoing drug war this past year, housing dangerous vigilante groups and numerous drug cartels that transform these areas into threatening centers of fighting with the country’s defenders of the law.
Just this Monday afternoon, eight yet unidentified bodies were found alongside an abandoned road in Guerrero, all of which were apparently tortured and then dismembered.