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Former Chapala cops charged with murder of city taxi driver

Two former Chapala police officers have been arrested and charged with the homicide of a Guadalajara taxi driver who went missing last summer. 

The suspects are identified as Luis Miguel Rentería Cortés and Javier Carretero Zaragoza. 

In announcing their arrest late last week, Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer Ramírez revealed details of the crime and the lengthy investigation carried out to solve the case. 

The victim was Gabriel Josué Casillas Gaspar, a 34-year-old cabbie affiliated with Guadalajara taxi stand 22, who was reported missing when he didn’t return home after his July 16 work shift. 

Based on evidence gathered in the probe, it is alleged that on the night Casillas disappeared the suspects hired him to drive them to Chapala for an agreed upon fee. Once they arrived, they asked the driver to turn around and take them back to El Rodeo, on the outskirts of Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos. Apparently a dispute arose over the cost of the return trip and Rentería “settled” the matter by pulling out his gun, fatally shooting Casillas in the head and abdomen. 

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