158 Mexican police arrested over drug gang links

158 Mexican police arrested over drug gang links
# 19 January 2013 07:56 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Authorities have arrested 158 police officers in two northern Mexican towns over alleged links to drug traffickers, forcing the army and state police to fill the security void, APA reports AFP.

The army, federal and state police rounded up 110 municipal officers in the town of Lerdo and another 48 in neighbouring Gomez Palacio, including their two chiefs, Durango state attorney general Sonia de la Garza Fragoso said.

The army and state police had to take-over security in both towns since the remaining municipal officers will undergo training and background checks to ensure that "links with criminal groups are eradicated," her office said in a statement.

Authorities had already fired 145 Gomez Palacio officers in November after they failed vetting tests.

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