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Sheriff: Shooting now Mexican drug-cartel-linked homicide

Victim dies in hospital five days after being shot
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Suspect Jesus Castro

Authorities now have what they believe is a Mexican drug cartel-related homicide on their hands following the death of a 30-year-old man five days after being found shot in Georgetown.

Miguel Cazares Robles, of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, died Sunday in the hospital, where he had been taken Aug. 21 after allegedly being found on the side of the road and driven to the El Dorado Savings Bank in Georgetown, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation into the homicide found, however, that the actual shooting took place at a marijuana grow near Georgetown believed to have ties to a Mexican drug cartel, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives have identified and released the name of one of the suspects in the case as 23-year-old Jesus Martin Munoz Castro, of Sinaloa, Mexico. Castro is describe as 5-feet-10-inches tall and 150 pound, with black hair and blue eyes.

“Detectives are still working to identify multiple others involved and it is not believed that Jesus, or the others, are still in the area,” Sgt. Anthony Prencipe said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Castro.

The Sheriff’s Office had asked for assistance in locating Jacob Sota, who was described last week as a “person of interest.” Sota was found and interviewed regarding his involvement in the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.