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Six Officers Arrested In Death of Mexican Mayor

Six Officers Arrested In Death of Mexican Mayor

Suspects believed to be involved in the killing of mayor Edelmiro Cavazos are presented to the media in Santiago August 20, 2010.

Associated Press

August 21, 2010

MONTERREY, Mexico – Six city police officers were arrested Friday in the killing of a mayor in northern Mexico as escalating drug violence targets more public officials.

The suspects included an officer who had been guarding the house where Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos of Santiago was seized Sunday.

The officers confessed to being involved in the killing, said Nuevo León state Attorney General Alejandro Garza y Garza. “We’re still looking for others who were involved as well,” he said.

The body of the 38-year-old mayor was found handcuffed and gagged Wednesday outside his town, which is on the outskirts of Monterrey.

The escalating violence in northeastern Mexico is attributed to a dispute between the Gulf cartel and its former allies, the Zetas.

Mauricio Fernández, mayor of San Pedro Garza García, another town on the outskirts of Monterrey, said Cavazos had received death threats from gangs warning him to stay out of their way and had sought advice on how to handle the threats.

Gen. Guillérmo Moreno, who commands troops in Nuevo León and Tamaulipas states, said the army had never received complaints from the mayor or requests for protection.

Meanwhile, a federal judge presiding over the case of a former Cancún mayor facing drug-related charges survived an attack Thursday in the western state of Nayarit, a federal official said.

The assault, which killed one of two bodyguards of Judge Carlos Alberto Elorza, came hours after President Felipe Calderón said Mexico should consider appointing anonymous judges for drug-trafficking trials.

Elorza is the judge in the case of Gregorio Sánchez, a former Cancún mayor who was forced out of the Quintana Roo state gubernatorial campaign when he was charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.

The leading candidate for governor in the state of Tamaulipas, which borders Nuevo León, was shot to death a week before the election. A mayoral candidate in Tamaulipas also was shot in May.


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    deputyroark

    almost 4 years ago

    196 Comments

    It's a crazy world out there

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    ilegworldchamp

    almost 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Top_Cat , and N.A.F.T.A. is the "YELLOW BRICK ROAD"!!!!!!!!!!!! "D" , "R" , "I" , all equally culpable and without any Honor or Decency , just "Corrupt and Greedy Politicians".

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    clobster

    almost 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Bump Top_Cat. The problem is its going to be impossible to convince the world that legal drugs is probably a better option (at the very least, some of them if not all). Just look at how unbelievably hard it is to legalize marijuana, which is probably as or less dangerous than alcohol.

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    RLC939

    almost 4 years ago

    366 Comments

    I wonder what happens to these people after they parade them in public.....have you ever noticed that there is no trial coverage or anything ever said about these people again?....hmmmm

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    ilegworldchamp

    almost 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Not only do the Cartel have an unlimited supply of money but they are also "cold hearted killers" and will eliminate anyone and their families for standing in their way. It's right on our door step and has been for for many a year but politics (bought and paid for on both sides of the border) are the biggest problem. The Mexican Government keeps pushing them into our Country and our Government wants the Cheep Labor on the Republican side and he Votes on the Democrats Side. The citizens in both Countries are paying the price for "THE BEST AND MOST CORRUPT POLITICIANS THAT THE CARTEL MONEY CAN BUY"!!!!!!

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Like i said, the local cops are terrified of the Cartels and gangs down there and so are the Federals who hove been identified as cops. You either do as they say or they will kill you and your family including torture and maiming you and your family. The ONLY way they are going to get this situation under control is to establish a core of Federal LE and Military whose identities are kept highly secret and who are not susceptible to the huge bribes offered. Until then the local cops either play ball with them or end up in a ditch with their heads and hands cut off.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    I always felt that the only way that these murdering thugs and evil doing ba$tards could kill so many people without being stopped, was because have of them unfortunately, are cops down there. Just another confirmation on just how corrupt the Mexican Government has been for years....

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    Silent_Observer

    almost 4 years ago

    446 Comments

    I've been in 3rd world areas where good cops get relieved of duty via friendly fire. Sounds like this is one of those places. Seems like the only solution at that point is to dissolve the whole department at that point.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    It's a war, and regrettably the bad guys seem to have the advantage.

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    MeanStreets949

    almost 4 years ago

    2318 Comments

    A tough situation that demands tough decisions................decisions not a whole lot of people are willing to make....................

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    The Mexican government has a war on it's hands, and needs to act accordingly. Their country's safety and future are hanging in the balance.

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    The drug cartels are just way too powerful and vicious. What is so bad is that these Mexican Police Officer may have actually wanted to do good when they became cops but these cartels are so vicious you are approached and have two choices when they do. You can either live well and do whatever they say and commit any crime they say, including murder, or you and your family can die. They don't even have the option to run away as they will find you and kill your entire family. Mexico HAS to get a handle on these Cartels before it is too late, if it isn't already. It is going to take some dedicated Federal and Military LE that are untouchable to take these gangs out.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Horrible news. I agree propbraker.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10602 Comments

    I don't think they are going to break down the door... they are already here, they continuously sneak in on a regular basis. It'll get much worse in the US before it gets better.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Nothing new here. Corruption in Mexico is so bad that it is impossible to understand.
    Goes to show why I just don't trust the Mexican Justice System or anything South of the Border... For that matter...

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