Mexican Cops Busted in 12 Federal Agent Murders

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2009 7:05 AM CDT
Police early this month escort Arnoldo Rueda, an accused operative for the Mexican drug cartel known as, "La Familia," during a presentation in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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(Newser) – Ten Mexican police officers have been arrested in the torture-murder of a dozen federal agents whose mangled corpses were found along a highway in the western state of Michoacan, reports the BBC. Local police are believed to regularly take payoffs from drug traffickers. Some 5,000 heavily armed troops have been deployed to Michoacan, where ten mayors were also recently arrested for allegedly working with drug cartels. The governor has protested, calling it a "military occupation."