Some Police Officers Arrested In Mayor's Murder Admit Working For Drug Cartel

Mexico City – Mexican authorities say the Zetas drug gang ordered the killing of a mayor in northern Mexico because he had disciplined police officers secretly working with the cartel.

Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Alejandro Garza y Garza said Tuesday that several of the seven police officers arrested in the killing of Santiago Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos admitted to working for the Zetas as lookouts.

Garza y Garza said Cavazos had reprimanded some traffic police officers for wrongfully fining mountain bikers and applied disciplinary measures that included pay cuts. He said the officers complained to their cell leader who ordered the killing. He said Cavazos had no links to organized crime.

Cavazos was kidnapped last week from his home and found shot to death on a dirt road three days later.

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