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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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