Friday, March 4, 2011
Mexican military charges 13 soldiers with transporting more than a ton of drugs
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.