Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gangs Targeted Surfers - Mexican Police - Update

Three people have been arrested and police are still searching for two other suspects believed to be connected to the murder of two Australian surfers who went missing last month in Mexico. Members of a local gang, who are known to police as 'low-level drug dealers', have confessed to killing two tourists after they fought back during an attempted robbery, reports the BBC.

The van of missing tourists Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman was found firebombed with two charred bodies inside that were riddled with gunshot wounds.

Julio González, 27

Sergio González, 37

Martín Muñiz, 27

Luis Enrique, 38
According to prosecutors, a lookout for the gang spotted the pair's van before it got to Navolato and advised his accomplices it was a likely target. The thieves are believed to have stopped the van after it passed a toll booth, as the two Australians drove south through Sinaloa toward Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city.
The Mexican highway where Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman are believed to have gone missing is notorious for gangs preying on motorists.

Miguel Calderon Quevedo, mayor of the city of Navolato near where Mr Coleman's burnt out Chevrolet van containing two bodies was dumped, says the Benito Juarez Highway is rife with robberies.

It is believed Mr Lucas and Mr Coleman were travelling south on the highway on November 20.
The old blue and white Chevy, with Alberta plates and a bicycle attached to the back, would have stood out.

Mexican authorities, concerned about the damage the incident could have on tourism in Mexico, are under pressure to find and arrest anyone involved in the disappearance. Mr Lucas and Mr Coleman, 33, from Perth, had been living in Canada and drove to Mexico to surf and visit Mr Coleman's girlfriend.

Mexican Federal Highway No. 1 follows the length of the Baja California Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas, at the southern end to Tijuana in the north. The road turns into Interstate 5 at the international border with the United States south of San Ysidro, California.

Its official name is "Carretera Transpeninsular Benito Juarez", or Benito Juarez Transpeninsular Highway. It is named after one of Mexico's most revered heroes.