An alleged Mexican drug cartel boss has been arrested for the bloody massacre of six children and their mothers.
Roberto González Montes, also known as “El Mudo” and “El32”, is the alleged leader of La Línea.
La Línea is said to be an enforcement unit of the Juárez Cartel, originally founded by a number of former and active police officers, heavily armed and extensively trained in urban warfare.
González Montes was arrested as part of a massive multi-agency investigation into the murders in Mexico last November, sources told El Diario on Monday.
While it is unclear exactly when he was arrested, Chihuahua province’s secretary of public security, Emilio García Ruiz, said Montes had already flown to Mexico City to face trial, Entrelineas said.
The November 2019 massacre of nine family members traveling from a wedding event reportedly took place during a warfare between Montes’ La Línea and the rival Sinaloa cartel, formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Entrelineas reports. referring to an investigation by the attorney general. .
The gang is said to have opened fire near Rancho La Mora, which is on the border of Sonora and Chihuahua.
When bullets hit the SUV and convoy in which the group had traveled, the vehicles caught fire.
It has also been reported that a child was shot while trying to run.
Eulalio Domínguez Alanís and Santiago Casavantes Radovich, known as “El Condor”, have also been arrested, according to sources.
At the time of the incident, Mexican media reported that the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, who had ties to a breakaway Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago.
The religious community where they lived is a decades-old settlement in Sonora State, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Among the dead was Christina Marie Langford Johnson, a mother who got out of her SUV to confront one of the gunmen. Her seven-month-old daughter, Faith Langford, survived.
Dawna Ray Langford, who was driving an SUV with her nine children in it, was killed nearby, along with her two sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3.
Rhonita Maria LeBaron, 30, was also murdered, along with her four children, including eight-month-old twins.
Survivors include 14-year-old Kylie Evelyn Langford, who was shot in the foot, and 13-year-old Devin Blake Langford, who reportedly walked about 14 miles to get help.