Mexican Army in Guerrero Accused of Working with Drug Cartel

Mexico City, October 30 (teleSUR-RHC)-- The army unit of Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero have been accused working with the Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors) drug cartel that is allegedly responsible for disappearing the 43 Ayotzinapa students in complicity with local police, La Jornada reported Thursday.

The municipal commissioner for the Carrizalillo community in Guerrero, Nelson Figueroa, told the newspaper that because nobody in the region trusts the army or the federal police, they will ask the federal government to implement roadblocks in the area to discourage federal security forces from engaging in illegal activities.

Figueroa was in Chilpancingo, the capital of the violent state of Guerrero, to handover the nine federal police officers that were detained by hundreds of outraged civilians in Carrizalillo on Wednesday along with an alleged drug cartel member as they attempted to arrest the local farm land commissioner Ricardo Lopez. 

He said that the locals have confirmed” without a doubt” that the Mexican army, federal police and local authorities are working in complicity with Guerreros Unidos, who have recently been accused of smuggling huge shipments of heroin and cocaine in buses into the United States.

In 2012, La Jornada interviewed Mexican army general, Jose Francisco Gallardo, who said high-level military officials have been involved in drug trafficking for decades.

“There are generals who have been working with drug cartel bosses for a very long time,” he said then.

His comments came after five top army general were detained. He suggested he was not surprised the generals were involved in drug trafficking.

“What surprises me is that they finally arrested them,” he told La Jornada.

The DEA has long been investigating the complicity of the Mexican army with drug traffickers, La Jornada added. 

Edited by Ivan Martínez


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