BUENAVISTA TOMATLÁN, Mexico – The Mexican Army patrolled the streets of the western state of Michoacán on May 22 to improve security in a region tormented by violent drug cartels. About 4,000 army soldiers and marines and 1,000 Federal Police Officers have been deployed to the state, but they’ll leave once security has improved and the state government can hold its own. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)
MEXICO CITY – Two bodies found in the state of Tamaulipas likely are those of a state detective and a local police chief who were investigating last month’s massacre of 72 migrants, according to prosecutors. If the prosecutors’ claim is confirmed, it would indicate gangs are not deterred from killing officials investigating their crimes. The Tamaulipas State Attorney General's office said documents taken from the corpses match the identifications of state detective Roberto Suárez Vázquez and Juan Carlos Suárez Sánchez, who was the chief of the Public Safety Department in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, where the migrants were killed by suspected members of the Los Zetas cartel. The bodies of the officials, who had been missing since Aug. 24, were discovered in a field about 30 miles northeast of San Fernando. Prosecutors said they will use DNA tests to identify the men. [El Universal.com (Mexico), 08/09/2010; Noticias24.com (Venezuela), 08/09/2010; The Associated Press (Mexico), 08/09/2010]
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