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Inside the hunt for Mexico's narco-politicos

The safehouse hiding Mexico’s most notorious fugitive couple was tucked into one of dumpiest neighborhoods in Mexico City — far removed from the 50 well-appointed homes, apartments and ranches that the couple owns.

Former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, the infamous narco-politicians accused of ordering the kidnapping and execution of the 43 Mexican students, were captured last week after spending 10 days holed up in rundown hovel in Iztapalapa, a political stronghold for the leftist Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD).

The two were arrested in a series of midnight raids after Mexican intelligence got tipped off that a close friend of the fugitive’s daughter was helping the former mayor and his wife hide from the cops.

Watch as Fusion takes you inside the investigation and raids that led to their arrests.

 

Edited by Leslie-Anne Frye

Inside the hunt for Mexico's narco-politicos

The safehouse hiding Mexico’s most notorious fugitive couple was tucked into one of dumpiest neighborhoods in Mexico City — far removed from the 50 well-appointed homes, apartments and ranches that the couple owns.

Former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, the infamous narco-politicians accused of ordering the kidnapping and execution of the 43 Mexican students, were captured last week after spending 10 days holed up in rundown hovel in Iztapalapa, a political stronghold for the leftist Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD).

The two were arrested in a series of midnight raids after Mexican intelligence got tipped off that a close friend of the fugitive’s daughter was helping the former mayor and his wife hide from the cops.

Watch as Fusion takes you inside the investigation and raids that led to their arrests.

 

Edited by Leslie-Anne Frye

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