A priest in Pachuca, Hidalgo is under investigation by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office and Church authorities for his alleged connections with the drug trafficking organization known as the Zetas, Mexico’s Noroeste newspaper reports.

Although Church officials are refusing to reveal the clergyman’s name, Hugo Valdemar, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Mexico, claims that the priest aroused suspicion after a commemorative plaque on a newly-constructed chapel listed Heriberto Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” the leader of the Zetas, as a primary donor. This may represent a shift in community relations for the Zetas.  Historically, the group has been understood to be the least socially-conscious of the cartels; its core is made up of ex-military defectors reputed to have a callous disregard for human life.