Mexico: Drug cartel suspect arrested over journalist deaths in Veracruz


Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui joins colleagues, relatives and friends of murdered journalists at Independence Angel monument in Mexico City on May 5, 2012 for a vigil to protest against violence towards the media.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The Mexican navy said Monday it has captured a suspected drug dealer carrying the ID cards of a newspaper employee whose dismembered body was found along with those of three photographers in the Gulf state of Veracruz in May.

Juan Carlos Hernandez Pulido, who is believed to be a member of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, was arrested during a raid in the port city of Veracruz on Friday, Milenio reported today.

Hernandez Pulido was carrying the ID cards of Ana Irasema Becerra Jimenez, who was an administrative worker for the Veracruz newspaper El Dictamen and the girlfriend of one of the slain photographers, the Agence France-Presse reported.

The photographers were Gabriel Huge, Guillermo Luna and Esteban Rodriguez.

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According to the Associated Press, five other journalists have been killed in Veracruz state this year.

In 2011 Reporters Without Borders described Veracruz as one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists. 

Meanwhile, a family of seven in Veracruz has been found murdered with their throats cut, Reuters said.

Three children aged between three and nine years old were among the dead.

The bodies were found Friday by neighbors. The family had been dead for three days.

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