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Sep 1, 2008

One held for slaying of Mennonite contractor

Story PictureBelizean law enforcement authorities believe there may be a breakthrough in the murder of Mennonite contractor, Wilhelm Braun, who was gunned down execution style at the Commercial Free Zone. Sources close to News Five say that at around seven o’clock on Friday night, authorities detained a man who was trying to enter Mexico at the Belize/Mexico border. The suspect, Mexican native, Carlos Leonel del Angel Moctezuma, was apprehended while driving a grey Ford pick-up truck under the influence of alcohol. When Mexican police asked him to alight the vehicle, he pulled out a submachine gun with a silencer and the weapon accidentally discharged. Belize police suspect that Moctezuma is one of the two triggermen who went to Braun’s construction site at SP 2000 Plaza at the Free Zone on August twentieth and opened fire on him as he descended from the upper flat of a building to retrieve a tool. They also believe that Moctezuma had been hiding out in Belize since Braun’s slaying. Sources say that Moctezuma has claimed he is a member of the dangerous ZETA cartel.

The Zetas were originally members of the Mexican Army’s elite Airborne Special Forces Group, G.A.F.E., skilled in locating and apprehending drug cartel members. They were trained by foreign specialists in rapid deployment, aerial assaults, marksmanship, ambushes, small-group tactics, intelligence collection, counter-surveillance techniques, prisoner rescues and sophisticated communications. Current estimates place Los Zetas around two hundred members strong, which includes several rouge Kabil Guatemalan forces.

Carlos Leonel del Angel Moctezuma is also wanted by Mexican authorities for a previous murder in that country. Belizean and Mexican police are now working together to compare the ballistics records of the weapon seized from Moctezuma and the expended shells retrieved from Braun’s murder scene.

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