MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers have arrested a suspect in the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco.
The federal prosecutors’ office said Monday the suspect and another man were arrested with marijuana, amphetamines and guns.
Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez Castillo allegedly paid municipal police in the Jalisco town of Tecalitlan to turn the Italians over to the Jalisco drug cartel. Some local police have been detained in the case.
The victims have been identified as 60-year-old Raffaele Russo, 60, his 25-year-old son Antonio Russo and 29-year-old nephew Vincenzo Cimmino, from the Naples area. They vanished on Jan. 31 and there has been no word on their fate.
In early July, the mayor of Tecalitlan was gunned down by assailants.
This story has been corrected to show that the case occurred in the state of Jalisco.