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Raid on local police in Central Mexico uncovers 136 fake cops

May 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Raid on local police in Central Mexico uncovers 136 fake cops

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A bust on a municipal police force in Mexico carried out by the Puebla State Police (SSP), assisted by Mexican Marines (SEDENA) and the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) resulted in the discovery of 136 fraudulent police officers.

The operation occurred last week in the municipality of San Martín Texmelucan which is located roughly 60 miles south of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

Officials revealed that of the 185-man municipal force of San Martín Texmelucan, 136 of them were deemed to be fake.

The bust is the latest example of how organized criminal groups have deeply infiltrated local municipal police agencies.

Authorities conducted the raid after state officials learned that the municipal government had lost control and could no longer afford security for its citizens the state’s Secretary General Diódoro Carrasco revealed.

Officials indicated that authorities initially arrested 113 fake officers. However, the number has since been increased to 136. The suspects now face numerous charges and have been booked into a minimum-security prison.

A majority of the fake cops reportedly paid bribes to avoid background checks and other necessary applications.

Meanwhile, directors appointed by the U.S. Department of State to lead the formation of an International Narcotics and Law Enforcement unit responsible for capacity building programs have disregarded claims of corruption within the Mexican government.

Çorruption accusations include paying bribes for those who would fail background checks.

The governor of Puebla, José Antonio Gali Fayad, said the state police would be taking over the police duties of the municipality. He also added that the raid on the facilities of the municipal police uncovered stolen vehicles and stolen fuel.

Authorities have not documented the reported thefts.

Local reports indicate the raid was a result of a 300% rise in murders in comparison to the previous year as well as instances of dismembered bodies being dumped throughout the city.

The bodies were usually accompanied by narco-banners resulting from an ongoing turf war between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and Los Zetas.

The municipality is a central hub for the theft of government-owned gas pipelines, which is stolen and resold on the black market. The theft of commodities is a lucrative racket for organized crime groups operating in the region.

Crime groups dedicated to the theft of fuel are called “huachicoleros.” In January, state and federal officials, along with army personnel, seized almost 20,000 gallons of stolen fuel in San Martín Texmelucan along with 12 cars and 74 drums of fuel.

The introduction of cartels into the clandestine tapping of pipelines has added significantly to the escalation of violence as rival groups battle over the lucrative market while joining forces with local warring “huachicoleros.”

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