Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mexico Seizes Five Members of La Familia Cartel

Via BBC -

Mexican police have arrested five alleged members of one of the country's most powerful drugs cartels.

Authorities say the five belong to the La Familia cartel, which controls drugs trafficking in the state of Michoacan.

They were arrested in a raid on a restaurant in a Pacific coastal town in the southern state of Guerrero.

The arrests come three days after 27 officials, including 10 mayors, from Michoacan were arrested for alleged links to La Familia.

The cartel infiltrating local police "above all" police spokesman Rodolfo Cruz Lopez told the AFP news agency.

"It is also starting to permeate higher levels."

Mexico's security ministry said the latest raid took place in the small town of Petacalco, which authorities say is a strategic drugs trafficking site being close to the Pacific ports of Lazaro Cardenas and Zihuatanejo.


According to this October 2007 CRS Report for Congress titled "Mexico's Drug Cartels"....
The Zetas also trained the Michoacán-based "La Familia" enforcer gang which has carried out numerous executions in that state. The Familia maintains close ties to the Zetas, but are a smaller entity.

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