Casino Royale Massacre Linked To Drug Cartel Los ZetasSeptember 9, 2011 7:12 am
Even a country such as Mexico with around 42,000 drug related murders since 2006 was shocked by the brutality of the burning to death of 53 people, mostly women, at the Casino Royale in Monterrey on August 25th.
Following the appalling incident in which six hooded gunmen doused the building with gasoline before setting it alight with patrons still inside, six suspects, including a police officer, have already been arrested in connection with the heinous crime.
Authorities have also managed to locate casino owner Raul Rocha Cantu who, after the incident, was in fear of his life and so fled to the United States. With the ongoing investigation and a statement given by the casino owner to the
Mexican Attorney General’s Office representatives in Florida, more details are beginning to emerge as to the arson attack.
Apparently, Mexico’s most violent drug cartel Los Zetas is suspected of organising the attack, with the suspects in custody saying they were attempting to intimidate the casino owner into paying extortion money. The suspects in custody also said that they were then scolded for killing so many people by their boss, known only as “El Mata Perros” (The Dog Killer).
A few years ago, after US authorities weakened the Caribbean and Florida drug rings, Mexico became a chief trafficker for drugs from South America to the USA, worth around $13bn each year. Commenting on the crime and corruption now inside the country, Attorney General Marisela Morales commented:
“At all levels we see it. This is most serious in what is happening; frequently police are at the service of organized crime, especially local police.”
Following the recent massacre, Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning and vowed to come down heavy on the gangs he termed as “true terrorists who have gone beyond all limits.”
A reward has also been placed on the heads of remaining suspects at large of 15 million pesos ($1.2 million) per person.