Eleven Mexican border-town police officers charged with crimes
September 6, 2005
MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexican authorities have filed criminal charges against 11 Nuevo Laredo police officers arrested after a shootout with federal agents in this violent city on the U.S.-Mexico border, officials announced Tuesday.The officers are accused of attempted homicide and abuse of authority, the Mexican federal Attorney General’s office said in a news release.A total of 20 Nuevo Ladero city officers have been charged with crimes ranging from attempted homicide to organized crime.Last week, federal officials said some of the officers arrested were working for the Gulf Cartel, one of two drug organizations fighting for control of the city across from Laredo, Texas. They kidnapped members of a rival gang and turned them over to the cartel’s hit men, the news release said.In June, 41 Nuevo Laredo police officers were arrested and taken to Mexico City after the group fired on a convoy of federal agents, seriously injuring one. The other 21 officers have been released.That clash came days after the city’s police chief was gunned down within hours of taking office, prompting President Vicente Fox to send hundreds of soldiers and federal agents to Nuevo Laredo to restore order.Since January, more than 120 people have been slain in Nuevo Laredo.