Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican military charges 13 soldiers with transporting more than a ton of drugs

Friday, March 4, 2011 |


by The Associated Press

The Mexican army has ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges after they were allegedly caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine.

The military announced earlier that several soldiers were arrested last week with drugs at a military checkpoint south of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego. It was not clear whether it was the same group named in the charges announced Thursday.

The Defence Department said in a statement it will "in no way tolerate" such acts.

The troops were charged within the military justice system.

Corruption is widespread among Mexican police, and some experts worry it could spread to the tens of thousands of soldiers assigned to fight drug traffickers across the country.

On Friday, police in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco found the dismembered body of a man near the city's main coastal boulevard. A car had been set afire beside the body, and two handwritten signs were also found nearby, one of which read "Here is your garbage."

Such signs are frequently left by drug gangs to threaten rivals and authorities.

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Can they please make an example of these TRAITORS

Anonymous said...

Yet Calderon is pissed that the Wikileaks cables made public that the US questioned whether or not his military was capable of handling the cartels????

Anonymous said...

Thats just what i mean the army is bought and so in most of law enforcement, in mexihole

Anonymous said...

They should hang them... In public!

Ovemex said...

According to Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mugica, commander of Mexico’s Second Military Region, which includes the Baja California peninsula and part of Sonora: "They're traitors'

With regards to the sentencing military troops can receive for working for organized crime, Duarte Mugica said the soldiers, if found guilty, could receive 18 years in prison, double for junior officers, and more for senior officers; in the end they could face up to 60 years in prison for the charges presented against them.

"With these charges, there is no escaping 40 to 60 years in prison and this situation only proves that those who decide to get involved within organized crime will have two destinies: They'll go to prison or they'll be killed, they are traitors," said Duarte Mujica .

Anonymous said...

Pendejos found the stash then tried to run off with it!

Anonymous said...

You know Mexico still had the death penalty for corruption or better yet traitors in the military but ever since human rights started crying so they decided to ban that. How stupid!!

Anonymous said...

OMG I cannot believe this!! <--- in case you did not notice, I am being sarcastic...from the street patrols, transit, to miliary, to the president..it's all the same crap.
A transito can be intimidating you for a bribe a from where the marines/military can see what's going on, they are all one in the same

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