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Police arrested nine suspects on drug charges and another in connection with several murders in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.
The suspected drug dealers - eight men and a woman - are presumed to be members of a gang that sells drugs in the cities of Zinacantepec and Valle de Bravo, Mexico state Attorney General Alejandro Jaime Gomez said.
“The investigations conducted by prosecutors turned up information about a criminal organization that wanted to establish a presence in the mentioned region. With this information and the different inquiries made, an operation was launched,” Gomez said.
About 30 police officers caught the suspects as they were traveling in an SUV and a compact car in the Barrio del Calvario section of Zinacantepec, the AG said.
The suspects were carrying 600 doses of marijuana, two shotguns, two handguns, ammunition, knives and communications equipment.
Police, meanwhile, arrested Hector Miguel de la Loza on charges that he is the leader of a gang linked to at least nine murders committed earlier this year in the city of Cuautitlan Izcalli, Gomez said.
De la Loza also faces kidnapping and drug charges, the AG said.