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Slain tourism minister laundered money for cartel, suspect reveals

The former Jalisco tourism secretary, murdered in March of last year, laundered money for the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, one of his alleged killers has told authorities.

Businessman Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez, 47, was gunned down in his car in an upmarket area of Guadalajara just four days after assuming the high-profile cabinet post.

At the time, Government Secretary Arturo Zamora said the initial investigation indicated that the killing “was probably related to (Gallegos’) business activities before he took the job as secretary of tourism.”

In May, police arrested four men in connection with the slaying. All admitted working for the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

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