Nine police officers arrested in Mexico related to the disappearance of 43 students in the Ayotzinapa case

More than 8 years after the case, the whereabouts of the students are still unknown.

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on the night of September 26, 2014, Mexico experienced one of the darkest episodes after reporting the disappearance of 43 studentss from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa in the Mexican city of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and they were never heard from again.

Since then, eight years have passed, where the investigation continues and as an example, the Guerrero Public Security Secretariat announced the arrest of nine police officers for their alleged responsibility in the disappearance of the 43 students.

To the present day, the controversy continues to reverberate due to accusations of impunity, corruption and links to drug trafficking in crimeeven, that tarnished the last years of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto and that today has the former federal attorney, Jesús Murillo Karam, imprisoned.

According to the latest update on the case, seven state police officers and two preventive officers from the municipality of Iguala were apprehended in a coordinated effort with the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) and the support of the Secretary of the Navy (Semar).

The state police officers were identified as Sandra Gerardo Gallardo, Juan Durán Mosso, Ramiro Alvarado Sánchez, Lorenzo Bello Hernández, Noel Baltazar Gómez, Pablo Jiménez Morales and Alberto Chávez Álvarez.

While the Iguala preventives were designated as Navis Mayo Zúñiga and Imer Mayo Zúñiga.

Although it has not been officially mentioned, These new apprehensions could be related to the arrest of Leonardo Vázquez Pérez, former head of the Guerrero Public Security Secretariat, in October 2022, for maintaining alleged ties to the Guerreros Unidos criminal group.

It is worth mentioning that the latest investigations launched by the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador classify this case as a “State crime” and implicates officials of the “highest level of government” in the crime.

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