Criminal Links: Mexico's corrupt police

Mexico's corrupt police

The U.S. has long suspected police complicity in the drug trade, and Mexico has at last confirmed it. The criminal links, the Mexican government says, include police "protection of personnel and goods, custody of drugs in transit, as well as continuing services of information."

That acknowledgment came as authorities arraigned six Jalisco state policemen last week on charges related to the kidnap and murder of U.S. Narcotics Agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in Guadalajara last month. The arrested officers have confessed that drug traffickers offered them from $200 to $6,250 a month for official protection--a tempting bribe for men who make only...

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