In Guerrero, the “Los Tequileros” gang exchanged engineer Isauro de Paz Duque, who they had recently kidnapped, for Félix de Almonte, mother of Raybel Jacobo de Almonte “El Tequilero.” She was held on Monday by the paramilitary group of San Miguel Totolapan.
Citizens of San Miguel Totolapan, who formed the paramilitary group, reported that gang leader Jacobo de Almonte, operated with impunity in the region of Tierra Caliente under the protection of Governor Héctor Astudillo Flores and local Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) deputy Saúl Beltrán Orozco.
The members of the self-defense group demanded the governor to come to the town and make an agreement to guarantee the safety of the townspeople. They want him to assure that he will stop Jacobo de Almonte.
The paramilitary group still has PRI regent María del Carmen Barrera in custody, who they identified as a narco and political liaison, as well as a dozen young people that have been accused of acting as informants to Los Tequileros.
They reported that the exchange of hostages took place around 7:30 p.m., after El Tequilero’s group, under pressure from the citizens, decided to release De Paz Duque at an unknown point in the sierra. State police were waiting for him and transported him to his family.
The self-defense group handed the mother of El Tequilero over to the state police and warned that this act did not at all alleviate the current issues that plague San Miguel Totolapan.