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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Local, State, & Federal Police Charged for Drug Ring in Cancun

Prosecutors are charging 40 people, including local, state, and federal police in Cancun for either running a drug ring or aiding the murder of fellow law enforcement officers.  25 police officers and 2 civilians have been arrested and authorities are still searching for the other 13 individuals charged.  Among those charged include the head of the Attorney General's headquarters in Cancun and the former-head of the Federal Agency of Investigation (FAI) units in Quintana Roo (where Cancun is located).  The FAI in Mexico is the equivalent of the FBI.  These charges and arrests come in the wake of efforts to bust Mexico's largest police-protection racket.  In November 2004, 3 federal agents were shot dead by the Zetas, a Mexican gang of drug hitmen.  The hitmen were looking for money and cocaine allegedly stolen by police who staged an illegal November raid on a Cancun house.  More... [Mark Godsey]   

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