Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mexican Feds Claim Zeta Leader Involved In Kidnappings Of Undocumented Immigrants In Mexico

Flavio Méndez Santiago, aka, El Amarillo

Photo: PGR

Zeta alleged leader was in charged of the drug trade and smuggling routes in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 26, 2011

Mexico D.F. - The Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the Federal Police claimed that Flavio Méndez Santiago, 35, aka, "El Amarillo" captured on January 17, was involved in several kidnappings of immigrants from South and Central America. Some of those immigrants have disappeared without a trace after a ransom was collected from family members. Santiago was taken into custody in the municipality of Villa de Etla by Federal Police.
He is accused of multiple homicides in the region, participated in the escape of 21 prison inmates in Apatzingán, Michoacan in 2004. Santiago coordinated the human trafficking and smuggling of South and Central Americans into the U.S.
Santiago is considered one of the co-founders of the Zetas and worked along Oziel Cárdenas Guillén, the former leader of the Golf Cartel. Guillén is serving at least 25 years in a federal prison in the U.S.
Santiago began with Los Zetas in 1993, when Arturo Guzmán, aka, "El Z1" hired him to help initiate the operations of the newly created Los Zetas.
The Mexican government has offered $15 million pesos ($1,200,000 U.S.) for information leading to Santiago's arrest and conviction, according to Ramón Eduardo Pequeño, Chief Investigator for the Anti-drug Federal Police Unit in Mexico. So far, Pequeño said, at least 20 drug lords have been detained, including those killed while in the commission to serve arrest warrants.
In 2009, the PGR published a wanted poster of the 37 most wanted criminals and drug lords wanted by the Mexican government and 20 of those have been either captured or reported killed.

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