A sheriff on the border with Arizona says that Mexican drug cartels, such as those behind the Mormon family massacre, pose an ISIS-like threat because the authorities fear that the same group could also conduct drug operations in Utah.
Nine members of the LeBaron family, including three mothers and six children, were slaughtered on a dirt road in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday during a trip in a convoy of three SUV's.
A heavily armed suspected drug lord – only identified as Leonardo – was arrested at the end of Tuesday in the city of Agua Prieta, right on the border with the US state of Arizona, with two hostages and weapons.
The hostages are not believed to be family of the nine victims of the LeBaron family and the authorities are investigating the suspect's connection to the murders.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels (left) in Arizona says that Mexican drug cartels pose a similar threat to terrorist groups such as ISIS, while Utah County's underlying, Shaun Bufton, believes that the same cartel responsible for the LeBaron killings is operating in the US state
His arrest came when the sheriff of an Arizona province near the border told Fox News & # 39; Tucker Carlson Tonight that drug cartels posed a similar threat to terrorist groups like ISIS.
& # 39; Think about what ISIS does and think about what the cartels do. They terrorize, & said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels.
The suspect – only identified as a 30-year-old man named Leonardo – was found at the end of Tuesday in the city of Agua Prieta, directly on the border with the US state of Arizona, who held two hostages who were pinched and tied in a vehicle
Ze They both kill their own civilians – they kill Americans as was demonstrated last night.
& # 39; We know one thing for sure, the cartels are behind it. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the Utah government – where the LeBaron family has ties – believes the same cartel responsible for their murder operations in the US state.
Shaun Bufton, sub-sheriff of Utah County, told KUTV they have been dealing with cartels for years.
& # 39; We have illegal immigrants here who have trafficked drugs in Mexico, & # 39; Bufton said. & # 39; They are coming here. They work here. They are going back. They are going to California. They are going to Arizona. They are the same people. It is the same group.
& # 39; As you saw yesterday, when that family was murdered in Mexico, you are talking about women and children, and they just don't care.
& # 39; If you look at the murders in Mexico, the number of people, Americans who get into the crossfire, there is a lot. & # 39;
Authorities said the suspect, who is part of an El Chapo rival cartel, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as several large vehicles, including a bulletproof SUV
Emotional members of the LeBaron family look into the burned SUV where some of the nine murdered family members were killed and burned during an ambush of cartel cannons on Monday
Soldiers assigned to the National Guard of Mexico stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle of one of the mothers shot in the cartel ambush that killed nine
Officials have said that the cartel guns responsible for the LeBaron attack may have mistaken the family's large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious grass war.
The killers apparently were members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea – & # 39; The Line & # 39; – whose shooters had entered the Sinaloa cartel area and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further down the road.
The Sinaloa cartel was previously led by Joaquín & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzmán. The area where the attack took place is dominated by a Sinaloa cartel spur called the Jaguars.
The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road to Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that drove the American mothers and their three vehicles.
It was only after the first vehicle was shot and set on fire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel guns appeared to see what had happened.
At least three American mothers and six children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico were massacred during an attack on armed drug cartel shooters. Maria Rhonita Miller was murdered together with her six month old twins, Titus and Tiana (left and right), her 10 year old daughter Krystal (left) and the 12 year old son Howard (middle)
Christina Langford Johnson (left) and Dawna Ray Langford (right) were also killed while traveling in two separate SUV's. Christina saved the life of her seven-month-old baby Faith by throwing the child on the floor of their SUV. Two of Dawna & # 39; s children, Trevor, 11 and Rogan, 3, were killed in the attack
Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and two of her children, Trevor, 11, (right with his mother) and Rogan, 3, (left) also died in the attack
The mothers rode in separate vehicles with their children from the La Mora religious community where they live, a decades-old settlement in the state of Sonora, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed. Two more mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as the sons of Dawna, Trevor (11) and Rogan (3), were all also killed.
Eight children, some only babies, survived the ambush. The surviving children not only escaped the gunmen of the drug cartel who murdered their mother, but managed to hide in the brush for hours until help arrived.
The five injured children were seriously injured so that Mexican authorities flew them to the border with a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora's state officials said they were & # 39; stable & # 39; were at the time of transfer.
Three other children who are not injured take care of family members in La Mora.
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