A Mexican drug cartel member who was also an illegal alien previously deported from the United States has now been linked as the main suspect in a gruesome murder from 2008.
At a news conference Monday in Casa Grande, Arizona, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced that they have finally solved the years-old case and believe 43-year-old Fausto Negrete Olivez is the person who committed the murder and dismemberment of two men.
At the time, he was a previously convicted drug trafficker and was in the United States illegally, reports Breitbart.
The two men, Baltazar Lopez and Azran Cordova, both 36, went missing while traveling from Phoenix to Casa Grande to collect money. Five days later, their burnt truck was discovered, but no sign of the men. In January 2009, a shallow grave with bones was discovered, and in September 2014, human remains and bones were discovered during the cleaning of a septic tank, less than a mile from the grave of the first.
Authorities have concluded both sets of remains are those of the two missing men, and say an axe or machete was used to literally chop the bodies to pieces.
Their main suspect, Olivez, is believed to be hiding in Mexico, and his brother, Dionicio Negrete Olivez, 48, is also a suspect in the case.
In his press conference regarding this case (see below), Sheriff Paul Babaeu confirmed the murders were connected to drug trafficking. Without a secure border and a crack down on the drug trade, the gruesome murders will continue to spike. In 2011, a Justice Department report found drug cartels active in more than 1,000 U.S. cities.
Penal County Sheriff’s Office Press Conference Monday, August 29:
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