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Recently arrested Puerto Vallarta police were on drug cartel’s payroll

March 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Recently arrested Puerto Vallarta police were on drug cartel’s payroll

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Authorities in Mexico say, members of the Puerta Vallarta Police force, who were arrested last week were on the payroll of a local drug cartel.

On Thursday, Mexican officials arrested 18 people in connection with the kidnapping of two prosecution agents who were forced to appear on a video by a drug cartel before they were executed.

Those taken into custody included officers with the local police departments in Puerto Vallarta who reportedly provided protection and intelligence for the unnamed drug cartel as well as Colombian citizens, according to local reports.

Acting Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran revealed at a press conference on Thursday that the arrests were executed earlier in the day during a series of busts in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco. Nayarit is considered to be under the control of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

The agents’ bodies were discovered in Xalisco, a town in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, two weeks after they went missing. They were employed by the Criminal Investigation Agency, which is a type of federal detectives’ bureau.

In the footage, they were accused of being undercover agents, but the government indicated that they were off duty when they were kidnapped.

Elias Beltran said those who ordered, executed, cooperated and protected those involved in the murders “will have the punishment they deserve.”

Among those arrested was a man who reportedly oversaw the release of the video.

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