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Latino Daily News

Friday November 26, 2010

½ of Police Force Arrested, Mayor and Mayor Elect Missing in Chiapas

Ciro Diaz Sanchez, mayor of Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, and Pedro Bautista, who was slated to succeed him next month, went missing on Wednesday. This is just days after Mexico’s army detained almost half of the police force and other officials for suspicions that they were working with the Zeta drug cartel.

The “gang of the bald ones” is believed to have collaborated with the Zetas to move cocaine and marijuana through the region, authorities said. The Zeta’s, are the cartel that controls much of the state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

It is suspected that Diaz and Bautista have been kidnapped by the Zetas or perhaps fled to avoid detention by the army. The two had gone missing just before a search of Bautista’s home turned up very sophisticated weapons and two stolen cars.

As 19 members of the 40-man police force are being held in jail, President Calderon’s October proposal still looms. Calderon stated that corruption is rampant among Mexico’s poorly paid and notoriously ineffective municipal police forces, has suggested abolishing them all together. Under his plan, each of Mexico’s 31 states would have just one police department under the command of the governor.