Mexican Soldiers Charged With Protecting Cartel Capos

Blow dealt to president's plan to use soldiers to wipe out drug gangs
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2009 4:40 AM CST
Soldiers line up to quell a prison riot in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Miguerl Tovar)
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(Newser) – Mexican authorities have arrested a dozen soldiers accused of working with one of the nation's murderous drug cartels, reports Reuters. The development deals a serious blow to President Felipe Calderon's strategy to use soldiers to fight the gangs and clean up corruption in the police force. The troops have been accused of colluding with police officers in the central state of Aguascalientes to provide protection for cartel capos.