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‘Cartel leader’ El Mudo arrested for bloody massacre of six kids and their mums

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An alleged Mexican drug cartel boss has been arrested for the bloody massacre of six kids and their mums.

Roberto González Montes, also known as "El Mudo" and "El32" is the alleged leader of La Línea.

La Línea is said to be an enforcer unit of the Juárez Cartel originally set up by a number of former and active-duty policemen, heavily armed and extensively trained in urban warfare.

González Montes was arrested as part of a huge multi-agency investigation into the murders in Mexico last November, sources told El Diario on Monday.

Although it is unclear exactly when he was arrested, Chihuahua province's Secretary of State for Public Security, Emilio García Ruiz said Montes had already been flown to Mexico City to be charged before a judge, according to Entrelineas.

November 2019's massacre of the nine family members who were travelling from a wedding event allegedly took place during turf warfare between Montes’ La Línea and the rival Sinaloa Cartel, previously led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Entrelineas reports, citing an Attorney General investigation.

The gang allegedly opened fire close to Rancho La Mora, which lies on the border of Sonora and Chihuahua.

When bullets hit the SUV and convoy the group had been travelling in, the vehicles burst into flames.

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It is also reported that one child was shot down while trying to run away.

Eulalio Domínguez Alanís and Santiago Casavantes Radovich, who is known as "El Condor", have also been arrested according to the sources.

At the time of the incident, Mexican media reported that the victims belonged to the LeBaron family, associated with a break-away Mormon community that settled in northern Mexico decades ago.

The religious community where they lived is a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Among those killed were Christina Marie Langford Johnson, a mother who stepped out of her SUV to confront one of the gunmen. Her seven-month-old daughter, Faith Langford, survived.

Dawna Ray Langford, who was driving an SUV with her nine children inside, was slain nearby along with her two sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3.

Rhonita Maria LeBaron, 30, was also killed along with her four children, including eight-month-old twins.

Survivors include 14-year-old Kylie Evelyn Langford, who was shot in the foot, and 13-year-old Devin Blake Langford, who reportedly walked around 14 miles to get help.

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