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Authorities to Charge Third Suspect in Police Massacre

November 15, 1985

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A third suspect in the slaying of 22 members of a police anti-narcotics squad has admitted killing some of the agents and will be charged with multiple homicide, the Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.

Authorities detained Guadalupe Calderon Maravilla, 20, early Thursday in the Gulf coast city of Minatitlan, about 90 minutes by river from where the agents were killed Nov. 1, the office said in a statement.

Investigators found some of the slain officers’ personal belongings, including the team commander’s belt, in Calderon Maravilla’s possession, it said.

The attorney general’s statement said Calderon Maravilla admitted killing three members of the squad, and will be charged in Veracruz state with multiple homicide, criminal association and other illegal activities.

Authorities earlier gave this account of the ambush-slaying of the 17 federal, state and local policemen and five civilian assistants:

The agents were tipped to a 13,200-pound marijuana deal in the area of Sanchez Taboada in southern Mexico. They went to the village in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 1 and were attacked several times.

With two agents wounded, the team went on to Ignacio Aldama where they were attacked by more than 30 people. The agents surrendered their weapons to a village representative as a condition for leaving the area. The alleged drug traffickers in the village then grabbed the agents, beat them and later killed them.

Authorities earlier charged Antonio Arreola Sanchez and Isidoro Valdez with homicide in the massacre, and they were being held without bail in Veracruz.

Cmdr. Florentino Ventura, chief of Interpol-Mexico, said more arrests were expected soon. The reputed head of the gang, Abelardo Sanchez, was still being sought, the attorney general’s statement said.

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