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Authorities: Mexican federal police officers helped drug traffickers control border state checkpoint

May 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities: Mexican federal police officers helped drug traffickers control border state checkpoint

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Law enforcement officials in the border state of Tamaulipas registered a formal complaint with Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office against Federal Police officers for their participation in a possible act of corruption after they reportedly assisted a convoy of tractor trailers with bypassing a police checkpoint.

The incident occurred last week on the highway connecting the border city of Matamoros with Ciudad Victoria.

According to the allegations put forth by the Tamaulipas Government Finance Office, the federal officers prevented their state counterparts from stopping and inspecting six tractor-trailers traveling from Matamoros.

The state officers were patrolling a checkpoint known as the “Y” along the highway that connects Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros near San Fernando, Breitbart Texas reported.

The Tamaulipas government points out in its complaint that the state officers noticed six tractor-trailers moving suspiciously and sped up to run the checkpoint.

State police and agents with the Tamaulipas Finance Office followed the trailers. However, two Federal officers blocked them off and attempted to stop them under “non-existent” arguments. The method gave the drivers of the six trucks a chance to flee without being inspected.

The actions caused suspicion by the Tamaulipas government for cooperation between organized crime and federal police.

In the complaint, the Tamaulipas Government claims it has an agreement with Mexico’s Tax Administration System (SAT) where they are able to carry out vehicle inspections in matters of foreign trade.

Along with the complaint, the Tamaulipas government also reported the incident to the country’s National Security Commission whose director, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, ordered that the coordinator for the Federal Police in Tamaulipas and the officer who led the agency in San Fernando be transferred to Mexico City for further investigation. Navarrete Prida also provided instructions for the internal affairs unit of the Federal Police to investigate the matter.

In the complaint, the Tamaulipas government asks for an investigation into the case to uncover any networks of corrupt officers conspiring with organized criminals.

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