Sinaloa State Ministerial Police and Mexican army personnel arrested 32 officers and commanders of theAhome Municipal Police Force, including the Municipal Director of Public Safety, Major Horacio Reyes, during a surprise operation Monday in the city of Los Mochis.
The police officials from Ahome had been summoned to a conference to discuss operations in Northern Sinaloa by Jesus Antonio "Chuytoño" Aguilar Iniguez, director of state police and General Moises Garcia Melo, commander of the Ninth Military Zone.
Once the meeting was convened the Ahome police were disarmed and arrested.
During the afternoon, those arrested were taken by bus to Culiacan, guarded by a large military and ministerial police convey, for interrogations and to determine their legal status.
The Ahome police were arrested for their alleged links to Los Zetas and local Beltran Leyva cells that operate in northern Sinaloa.
After his arrest in May of this year Geovanny Lizárraga Ontiveros, a northern Sinaloa Beltran Leyva leader, confessed that he and Isidro Meza "el Chapo Isidro" had the Ahome police force on their payroll.In a news conference to announce the arrests, Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez explained that "In Ahome there are signs that the police are committing crimes, so the 32 officers and commanders were arrested with the assistance of federal authorities."
This municipality and the municipalities of Culiacan, Mazatlan and Navolato are where most of the more than 1,800 homicides in the state in 2011, including more than 80 police officers, are concentrated.
It should also be mentioned that the Sinaloa cartel is widely believed to have deeply infiltrated the command structure of the state police forces in Sinaloa. "Chuytoño" Aguilar Iniguez, the state police chief, was at one time one of Mexico's Attorney General's most wanted men: read