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Arrests of Mexico’s Top Cops: Real or Symbolic?

La Opinión, News Report, Posted: Dec 02, 2008

MEXICO CITY – Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro García Luna and Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora are at the center of a storm, reports La Opinión. Though the two men have not been charged with anything, some of their closest aids have been accused of having ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, which has managed to infiltrate the highest levels of Mexico’s government. Five of García Luna’s aids are under investigation for collaborating with organized crime, providing key information in exchange for monthly payments of about half a million dollars. Ricardo Gutiérrez Vargas and Rodolfo de la Guardia, director and deputy director of Mexico’s Interpol, are reportedly involved with the Beltrán Leyva brothers of the Sinaloa Cartel. Fernando Rivera Hernandez, a senior director of intelligence, and Miguel Colorado Gonzalez, general technical coordinator of SIEDO, Mexico’s federal anti-drug trafficking agency, are being charged with organized crime and drug trafficking. Investigations are also being conducted into Mexico former federal police chief Gerardo Garay and former anti-drug czar Noé Rodríguez Mandujano, who is accused of accepting about $450,000 a month from the Zambada Cartel.

National security experts applaud the arrests of the senior police commanders, but are also calling for investigations into Mexico’s secretary of public safety and attorney general. Analysts worry that if the investigations are carried out selectively, efforts to clean up government corruption will be merely symbolic.

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