Sunday, May 20, 2012

One Active, Three Retired High Ranking Mexican Military Officials Under Investigation For Alleged Drug Cartel Ties

Retired mexican General Tomás Ángeles Dauahare

Two mexican high ranking military officials ordered detained for 40 days to allow federal prosecutors time to gather evidence against them.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 20, 2012

Mexico City - Last week, a mexican federal judge ordered two retired and one active high ranking military official held for 40 days to allow the required time for prosecutors to prepare their case against the suspects. Another suspect is being questioned by federal authorities in a corruption probe that began in 2009.
The four suspects are accused of taking bribes and corruption. They are suspected of providing military intelligence and information to the Beltrán Leyva Cartel when it was once affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel in an attempt to secure undetected trafficking of drugs and avoid drug raids in the country.
The federal attorney general's office (PGR) is currently conducting a probe into alleged accusations that involved three generals, which two have retired and one is in active duty. They were identified as both retired Gen. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare and Gen. Ricardo Escorcia Vargas. Another is active Brig. Gen. Roberto Dawe González. Also detained for questioning was retired Lt. Col. Silvio Hernández Soto. All of the suspects have denied the accusations that they worked for the Betrán Leyva Cartel.
Dauahare and González were ordered detained for 40 days and prosecutors are also seeking for Vargas to be held for the extended period as well.

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