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Nearly 1,000 Veracruz Police Fired

10/19/11 — Veracruz Secretary of Public Safety (Departamento de Seguridad Pública, DSP) Arturo Bermudez Zurita announced Tuesday that 980 state police agents have been dismissed after failing lie detector and confidentiality tests. Only 27% of the 6,000 members who comprise the forces have been tested.

Tuesday’s announcement comes only four days after Mexican President Calderón proclaimed that control of Veracruz had been turned over to the Zetas drug cartel. Veracruz, once a relatively quiet and safe drug trafficking and toursity area has seen a drastic rise in drug crimes since mid-2011. The Washington Post reports that 67 people have died in two recent mass killings apparently linked to the Sinaloa cartel targeting the Zetas cartel. President Calderón has deployed federal troops and police to Veracruz.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Bermudez announced the three assessment and control centers in the state are still working towards creating a 100% confidence rate of the full police force. Bermudez also recognized the new reality of losing nearly 1,000 state police officers and the overwhelming gaps in numbers of officers in the field. Bermudez outlined policy suggestions from the state government to raising police salary to combat corruption.

Last week in Veracruz, the DSP and federal police announced the arrest of Christian Arturo Hernández Tarín, the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization called “La Barredora”. La Barredora was engaged in a violent war for control of Acapulco and the pacific coast. Hernández’s group warred with the Independent Acapulco Cartel for control of the resort since 2010 when Beltrán-Leyva Cartel head Edgar Valdez Villareal, also known as “La Barbie,” was captured. Both La Barredora and the Independent Acapulco Cartel were splinters of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel. The frequent splintering and warring between different cartels has caused a wave of violence and corruption that has terrorized the inhabitants of Acapulco and the state of Veracruz. The amount of influence different cartels have over police forces has also added to public mistrust and fear.


“980 police officers fired in drug-ravaged Gulf state after failing lie detectors, tests”. Washington Post. October 18, 2011.

“Mexico fires nearly 1,000 police in Gulf State”. San Francisco Chronicle. October 18, 2011.

Ávila, Édgar.”Veracruz suma 980 policías despedidos.” El Universal. October 19, 2011.

“Mexico Fires 1,000 Police Officers to Weed Out Corruption.” Fox News Latino. October 19, 2011.

2 thoughts on “Nearly 1,000 Veracruz Police Fired”

  1. Greg in Oceanside

    This is throroughly pathetic and speaks volumes of the problems plagueing Mexico, that’s making it’s way here to the U.S. If Mexico’s police force is this corrupt, and has this many members who are morally bankrupt, what can be said about everyday Mexicans who sneak into the U.S.? Illegal aliens don’t check their proverbial ‘baggage’ at the border when they sneak in here – they bring unacceptable behaviors, disregard of the law, and lack of moral character with them when they sneak into the U.S., which explains ‘why’ Americans are thoroughly fed up with illegal immigration and want something done to stop the invasion.

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