Cooling their heels for 40 days with Mexico's most famous narcos
María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, wife of former Iguala, Guerrero mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez, allegedly told Federal Police officers who tracked the couple down in a squalid rental house in Mexico City early Tuesday morning, "Get away from me." But today she and her husband - who apparently was relieved by the capture, telling officers he was tired of running - woke up in a high security prison in the State of Mexico (Edomex), with the curious name of Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1. The famous penal institution is known colloquially as El Altiplano.
A federal committing magistrate reviewed the evidence against both yesterday and concluded it was sufficient to place them in pretrial detention, known here as arraigo, for an initial period of 40 days, during which time the case will be further investigated.
Abarca is charged with kidnapping, murder and organized crime activity, and Pineda Villa as an accessory. The remains of 43 college students presumed to be their victims have not been located, despite an exhaustive national search of six weeks. Mexican A.G.: "Mary of the Angels" and her husband were "brains" behind Iguala executions, kidnappings.
The couple were located at what appeared to be an abandoned property owned by a young woman who is a friend of the Abarca's adult daughter. They were purportedly sleeping on an inflatable bed. Ex Iguala mayor and wife arrested in Mexico City.
The former Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) mayor, who began his long climb to fame as a once humble purveyor of straw sombreros in the Iguala municipal tianguis (open air market), is the record owner of dozens of local real estate parcels with his wife. Her plan was to succeed him in office.
El Altiplano may well offer the couple somewhat more comfortable digs, not to speak of (in)famous companionship. Their new cell mates will include:
Héctor Beltrán Leyva - captured Oct. 1, 2014
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán - captured Feb. 22, 2014
Miguel Ángel Treviño, a/k/a Zeta 40 - captured July 15, 2013
Nov. 7 - Devastating news: all hope fades for families of 43 missing students
Oct. 29 - Campaign photo with most wanted couple in Mexican puts ultra Left politician in unwanted spotlight
Oct. 25 - Family ties, nepotism suggest nothing has changed in Iguala
Oct. 20 - Mexican priest: 43 college students were "burned alive"
Dancing aficionados, the Abarcas claimed to be doing just that on the evening of Sept. 26, when the 43 students vanished and six other persons where shot and killed by Iguala police on the payroll of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
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