Prosecutors at the northern border town of Tijuana stated Edgar Flores Santos was murdered by drug traffickers who might have confused him for a policeman. Flores Santos’ body was found a week near Tijuana and also a defendant in the killing was detained.
The U.S. inspection agency, known by its acronym APHIS, stated”we mourn the lack of a glowing agriculturist using a budding career”
In 2019, APHIS had threatened to draw inspectors in Mexico’s avocado buckle once they had been threatened at gunpoint. However, the agency said that the murder of Flores Santos wouldn’t influence its function in Mexico.
Baja California state prosecutors stated Flores Santos worked from this U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, and APHIS stated his project was”to run detection and eradication actions supporting our fruit citrus and fly insect and disease applications in Northern Mexico.”
Prosecutors said a 24-year-old defendant was detained in the case. The defendant, who wasn’t named, was captured with methamphetamine.
Prosecutor stated Flores Santos was able to visit the place where he had been murdered, called Valle Redondo, three or more times every week, on plant review function.
However, in late September was supposedly shot to death by the defendant and other unknown accomplices. Flores Santos endured nine bullet wounds.
“He was probably confused with these guys for an employee of a police force,” that the Baja California prosecutors’ office said.
The last violent episode happened in mid-2019 when APHIS stated a group of inspectors was”immediately threatened” in Ziracuaretiro, a city in the western state of Michoacan. While the agency did not specify what occurred, local police state a gang robbed the truck that the inspectors were traveling in at gunpoint.
At that moment, the U.S.D.A. composed a letter to Mexico stating: “For future circumstances that lead to a security violation, or demonstrate an imminent physical danger to the well-being of APHIS employees, we’ll immediately suspend program actions.”
Such a move might have blocked imports and devastated Mexico’s avocado export market.
But, we do not expect any impact on our capability to execute the APHIS assignment in the region.”