Mexican authorities arrested 34 law enforcement officers in the state of Tabasco on suspicion of ties to drug cartels during a three-day operation in which nine suspected drug traffickers were also arrested.
The officers are suspected of collaborating with the Gulf Cartel, according to the Mexican Attorney General’s office. The detainees included both local police officers and state investigators, and among the group were some high-ranking commanders.
With these most recent detentions, the Mexican government had arrested more than 200 law enforcement officials since June who are suspected of collaborating with drug traffickers, according to BBC Mundo.
From the Justice in Mexico Project’s August Monthly News Report:
“Mexico/drogas: detienen a 34 policias” BBC Mundo. August 2, 2009.
Alonso, Emir Olivares. “Detienen en Tabasco a 35 policias acusados de proteger al cartel del Golfo.” August 2, 2009.