PROFILE: Pablo Vega, ‘The Transformer’, key player in the Ayotzinapa case that the US released

Pablo Vega Cuevasalias The Transformerleader of a Guerreros Unidos cell linked to the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, was released by the United States government, after paying a bail of 200 thousand dollarsthat is, around 398 thousand Mexican pesos.

Vega Cuevas, who is designated as main leader of Guerreros Unidos in the Chicago regionis considered key piece to clarify the forced disappearance of the normalistas of the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School ‘Raúl Isidro Burgos’, which occurred early morning of September 27, 2014 in Equal to, Warrior.

According to information from Millennium, The Transformer He was released from prison at the end of 2023 after reaching an agreement with US authorities, thanks to the payment of an ‘appearance bond’ to continue with his trial and await his sentence in freedom.

Who is Pablo Vega ‘The Transformer’ and why was he detained in the US?

Pablo Vega Cuevas had been imprisoned in the United States since 2014, accused of the crimes of drug trafficking and organized crimeas confirmed in a file from the Northern District Court of the state of Illinois.

In the document, the criminal leader is described as Aurora area based narcotics importer and distributorwhere he would have associated with several Mexican criminal groups to import large quantities of heroin and cocaine from Mexico to Illinoisin addition to coordinating its distribution in the Chicago area on behalf of Guerreros Unidos.

The Transformer He was arrested on December 9, 2014 and in 2016, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges; However, eight years later he still has not been sentenced.

Why is he related to the Ayotzinapa case?

According to joint research by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)Vega Cuevas managed the importation of heroin produced in the mountains of Guerrero during the time when the Ayotzinapa events occurred.

The latest investigations focus on the theory that on the night of September 27, 2014, gunmen from Guerreros Unidos thought that among the students there were infiltrators of Los Rojos, their main rival group, so they would have ordered an attack on the contingent.

The independent journalist, Laura Sánchez Leyexplains that President López Obrador personally asked the vice president Kamala Harris the file of communications intercepted by US authorities that reveal the status of “boss” of Vega Cuevas. This, in the hope of clarifying what happened 10 years ago.

The intention was to find out what role that ‘fifth truck’ where some of the normalistas were traveling had, since, presumably, it could have hidden a shipment of heroin bound for Chicago, property of Guerreros Unidos.

For now, Sánchez Ley points out, “The Transformer is located at an unknown address”, while the conditions of his release have been classified and sealed.

In his morning conference this Thursday, the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) He assured that he will follow up on his release and reiterated that some criminals involved in the case were released after complaints of torture. This, despite having confessed his participation in the events.

It is worth mentioning that Pablo Vega is also required by the Mexican authorities for the crime of organized crime, after the UEILCA, the special unit of the FGR for the Ayotzinapa case, obtained an arrest warrant against him in 2020, within the framework of the investigations.