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Mexico detains officials for alleged drug ties

Mexico detains officials for alleged drug ties

Federal prosecutors detained two government officials Monday for alleged ties to a drug cartel in Michoacan state, where 30 other local and state officials were arrested on the same charges last month.
Israel Tentory, the advisers coordinator for the state's rural development department, was detained by organized crime investigators as he left a meeting in the city of Morelia, a spokesman for the federal Attorney General's office said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the case. He said Tentory is a former congressman and mayor of the town of Caracuaro.
Federal prosecutors also detained Mariano Ortega, mayor of the port city of Lazaro Cardenas, as part of an investigation begun months ago, the spokesman said.
President Felipe Calderon's government has stepped up its campaign to fight corruption in recent weeks, arresting dozens of police and elected officials.
Last month, authorities detained 10 local and 20 state officials in Michoacan, Calderon's home state, on suspicion that they were protecting the La Familia drug cartel.
Also Monday, assailants in neighboring Guerrero state set ablaze the pickup truck of a congressional candidate for the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, and left two threatening notes demanding he leave the race.
The attack occurred just before dawn outside PAN congressional candidate Jorge Camacho's home, state prosecutors said in a statement.
It is the second attack against a PAN candidate in less than a week. On Friday, assailants in the border state of Sonora opened fire on a car carrying congressional hopeful Ernesto Cornejo, killing two people who were riding with him.
The party has concentrated its campaign for the July 5 midterm congressional elections on Calderon's fight against organized crime.


Updated : 2021-06-19 13:50 GMT+08:00