The state governor claims there are no vigilante groups in Veracruz, but the armed men who say they are defending their community against the Zetas drug cartel beg to differ.
Nestora Salgado is one of the most well-known leaders of the self defense militia movement that sprung up in 2012 as a response to the government's inability to protect citizens from local drug cartels.
Nestora Salgado led an armed citizen militia against local drug cartels in Mexico and ended up in prison for kidnapping. A court ruling has declared her free in the original case, but new charges for kidnapping and murder could keep her behind bars.
Miguel Angel Jimenez had returned to his hometown, where he was shot in his taxi. Fifteen people were killed this weekend in Guerrero, and 20 were reportedly kidnapped.
Nestora Salgado, a US citizen, joined a movement in small towns in Guerrero that take up arms against criminals as "community police." Authorities arrested Salgado in August 2013, placing her in solitary confinement for 21 months.
The family of a Seattle-area woman who returned to her hometown in rural Mexico and tried to arrest the local sheriff is pleading for the US State Department to help secure her release.