Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

40 Police Officers Arrested in Nuevo Leon on Drug Charges

Thursday, April 21, 2011 |


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.

Nuevo Leon and neighboring Tamaulipas state have been rocked by a wave of violence unleashed by drug traffickers battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

The violence has intensified in the two border states since the appearance in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, in February 2010 of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnappings, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans willing to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.

A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and more than 36,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials.

Source: EFE

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Great now that they are arrested DO SOMETHING,audit them ,where did they get the money for the new car?the new appliances,house,bank acct,the trip to Las Vegas,follow through ,DO SOMETHING. Confiscate the profit of crime,just once do a decent job.

Anonymous said...

They didn't arrested them, they just detain them for investigation purposes. They were released today or yesterday.

Anonymous said...

They are all corrupt. All.

Yes, all. Every little last one of them, from the man who signed on in the 1950's, to yesterday's new recruits.

How could one lone man who is against the municipal police system either

1. stay in his job,
or
2. More importantly, get a job in the police in the first place.

Really, all the police are corrupt. Every little illiterate and offensive maggot that wears that poorly presented and unironed uniform.

Mexicans would like to think they are good, but like everything hispanic, it is a folly, a fraud, a performance for show. It means nothing. Either shoot the municpal police on sight, or just disband them. No-one would miss them, not even their beaten and threatened families. Filthy scum maggots.

They are all corrupt.

DISBAND THE MUNICPAL POLICE TODAY - PLEASE. The people will be no worse off. Indeed, they will be better off.

Kill this amoebic pond life now. Don't ask questions. They wouldn't. Why would you? Kill them all. Disband them later.

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

How could one lone man who is against the municipal police system either

1. stay in his job,
or
2. More importantly, get a job in the police in the first place.

Really, all the police are corrupt. Every little illiterate and offensive maggot that wears that poorly presented and unironed uniform.

I know I agree whit you that's why I will ask you to GOOGLE U.S CORRUPTION IN ALL BRANCHES OF THE LAW. I will have to say every single MF was corrupted by drugs or money. The Mafia or the Cartels give police pleasures like money, women, and much more. But yes U.S corruption is on the rise if you people don't see it you are blind or maybe you have you head up your ass.

Mexico has had this corruption problem for year.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 11:58...

How can u even compare US police corruption to mexico's police corruption? Sure there are plenty of corrupt cops in the US, but no where near the depth or the breadth of the of corruption in mexico. For christs sake, they just connected 2 dozen cops to covering up hundreds of dead bodies in fresh graves. That kind of stuff didn't even happen here in Chicago in the '30s!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sick of reading the corruption of the federal and state police...ge rid of theses scum for good, they are the cartel.

Anonymous said...

Everybody who commented on here is correct. Wanna get rid of the cartels and the drug trafficking? Then get rid of the corrupt police and you'll get the cartels as well. Its that simple. Crime in Mexico flourishes for one reason and one reason only: Corrupt Police! I remember how those cowards robbed me. Cowards because take their guns away and i'd have no problem beating the crap out of all of them. And if you know that your entire police force is corrupt, as by now everybody else does, then why would you give them guns anyway? That just makes Mexican authorities accessories to the crimes for giving them guns to perpetrate the crimes.

Anonymous said...

The worst part of traveling to Mexico, is you don't know who's pulling you over, good guy or bad guy. I have one question where is the Mexican army when these cartels have all these road blocks up and are murdering these poor people.

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