HomeNewsBriefPolice Among 8 Arrested For Mexican Mayor's Death
BRIEF

Police Among 8 Arrested For Mexican Mayor's Death

MEXICO / 19 MAR 2013 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

State authorities in Mexico say they have arrested eight people, including three municipal police officers, involved in the assassination of a former mayor in Veracruz state last February.

The attorney general of Veracruz said the suspects had "confessed" to the killing of Enrique Marin Lara, the former mayor of the municipality of Soledad de Doblado, based about 75 kilometers from the state capital, Televisa reported. Four civilians and one transit employee were also among the detainees. 

Marin Lara was gunned down after exiting his home on February 22. He served as the municipality's mayor from 2004 to 2008. He was a member of former ruling party, the National Action Party (PAN). 

InSight Crime Analysis

Mayors from rural municipalities in Veracruz frequently face threats and worse, an indication of the strength of criminal organizations in the state and the weakness of the government. One Veracruz mayor was kidnapped and strangled to death last year. Another former mayor in the state was gunned down along with his son last August. 

Veracruz is currently a battleground between the Zetas and the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation (CJNG), both of whom are well-known for using brutal tactics in order to intimidate and coerce reluctant (and even willing) partners. This conflict has increased the threats confronted by municipal officials and police, who often face a "plata o plomo" -- bribe or bullets -- dilemma. 

The problem is not exclusive to Veracruz. Some 31 local mayors and 1,200 municipal officials across Mexico have reportedly been killed in the past six years. Local officials must often agree to allow local criminal organizations to operate with impunity, or else face the consequences.

An online video which emerged last year, purportedly shows a mayor from Michoacan state being threatened into making a pact with criminal group the Familia Michoacana. It is just one example of the risks involved. The clearly frightened official is told on tape that if he doesn't cooperate, his town "will burn."

The fact that three municipal police officers were among those arrested for Marin Lara's death also highlights the problem of official corruption in Veracruz. One PAN party mayor from the municipality of Las Minas was recently banned from office after Federal Police detained him on a highway transporting military weapons and drugs

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

GULF CARTEL / 15 MAR 2022

Mexican armed forces have captured the reported leader of the feared Northeast Cartel, but this arrest may only stoke further…

HOMICIDES / 18 AUG 2022

Mexico saw outbreaks of violence last week in three different states. What can these events tell us about the country's…

MEXICO / 29 JUN 2022

El Chueco has quite the rap sheet, having allegedly killed priests, a tour guide, baseball players and an American tourist.

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

‘Ndrangheta Investigation, Exclusive Interview With Suriname President Make Waves

2 DEC 2022

Two weeks ago, InSight Crime published an investigation into how Italian mafia clan the ‘Ndrangheta built a cocaine trafficking network from South America to ‘Ndrangheta-controlled Italian ports. The investigation generated…

WORK WITH US

Open Position: Full Stack WordPress Developer

28 NOV 2022

As Full Stack WordPress Developer You Will: Work collaboratively with other developers and designers to maintain and improve organizational standards.Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail, and implement best…

THE ORGANIZATION

Join Us This #GivingTuesday in Exposing Organized Crime

24 NOV 2022

For over twelve years, InSight Crime has contributed to the global dialogue on organized crime and corruption. Our work has provided policymakers, analysts, academics, journalists, and the general public with…

THE ORGANIZATION

Like Crime, Our Coverage Knows No Borders

18 NOV 2022

The nature of global organized crime means that while InSight Crime focuses on Latin America, we also follow criminal dynamics worldwide. InSight Crime investigator Alessandro Ford covers the connections between Latin American and European…

THE ORGANIZATION

Using Data to Expose Crime

11 NOV 2022

Co-director Jeremy McDermott made a virtual presentation at a conference hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The ‘Sixth International Conference on Governance, Crime, and Justice…