Regional
9:39 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Corruption In Drug War?

Juarez, Mexico – A sheaf of police documents listing agents' names and contact numbers and containing apparent references to shared U.S. intelligence data has reportedly been found in drug cartel hands.

That's renewing fears of high-level corruption in Mexico's war on drugs.

The newspaper Reforma reports the trove of papers was found in the car of an associate of Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, during a May 2009 bust. The papers also reportedly included an apparent drug cartel payroll listing police commanders.

The papers appeared to be internal documents, possibly memos or registers, from Mexico's federal Public Safety Department and were listed as evidence of criminal charges.

U.S. law enforcement authorities told The Associated Press last month that Guzman had largely won the battle for the lucrative and hotly contested trafficking route through the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.