Mexican Drug Sweep Snares 10 Mayors
Officials provided 'protection net' to deadly drug cartel
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 27, 2009 1:47 AM CDT
Federal police wait for detainees to exit a police airplane following a major Mexican drug sweep that resulting in arrests of several top public officials.   (AP Photo/SSPF)
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(Newser) – Ten mayors and several police chiefs were busted in a major drug raid yesterday in Mexico's Michoacan state. The public officials provided a "protection net" for the deadly Michoacan Family drug cartel, said law enforcement authorities. The cartel is linked to the murder of 7 people and wounding of 100 others late last year.