Top Mexican Drug Fighter Murdered on First Day

Official tortured, shot 11 times within 24 hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 4:20 AM CST
Mexican soldiers stand in front of a forensic lab where three bodies are held in Cancun. The corpses of a retired brigadier general and two other men were found Tuesday in a vehicle on a highway.   ( AP Photo/Israel Leal)
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(Newser) – A retired army general appointed as Mexico's new top drug-fighting official spent his first day on the job being tortured and murdered, CNN reports. The corpses of the general, his aide and his driver were found in a pickup truck on a road near Cancun. The general's body showed signs of extensive torture and he had been shot 11 times.
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