Friday, April 22, 2011

40 Police Officers Arrested in Northern Mexico on Drug Charges

Forty municipal and transit police officers in Cadereyta, a city in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, were arrested on charges that they worked with drug traffickers, the State Investigations Agency, or AEI, said. The officers were arrested Tuesday night after authorities took over the police headquarters in Cadereyta, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Monterrey, an AEI spokesman told Efe. Army troops and Federal Police officers participated in the operation, the AEI spokesman said, adding that 25 municipal police officers and 15 transit police officers were detained. The officers were taken to AEI headquarters and to the local bureau of the federal Attorney General’s Office, where they will be questioned. The arrests left Cadereyta with no municipal police officers and only eight transit officers. The Los Zetas drug cartel, which has been blamed for kidnappings, murders and other crimes, operates in Cadereyta, state officials and federal prosecutors allege...more

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