Guatemala: Mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez detained with weapons, masks

Posted on February 26, 2013 • Filed under: Conflicts, Corruption, Crime, Guatemala reported that the mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez Otto Orlando Franco-Najera, 26, elected by the National Transmission Unit (NCU) -, two council members and a bodyguard of the commune were arrested yesterday morning by Army and neighbors who performed patrols in communities surrounding Chicacao.
Council members are captured Juan de Dios Rodriguez Quevedo, 53, second councilor, and Damasio Ordonez Larios, substitute councilor. In addition, Juan Antonio Macario Lazarus, 43, security officer mayor’s staff. Detainees were seized a truck farm, three guns and more than 300 rounds of ammunition nine millimeter, 7.62 rifle weapons. Also Q4 thousand in cash and balaclavas. One of the community leaders who participated in the arrest said that during a normal round of community policing discovered four people with guns and masks, who noted the presence of the group of settlers opened fire and tried to flee. By some accounts, the detainees now intended to attack settlers of the New Hope community. Read Article

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