CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Mexican soldiers have arrested nine
police officers who were allegedly carrying drugs in their patrol
cars in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez.
That's just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. Mayor
Jose Reyes and city Public Safety spokesman Jaime Torres say the
officers were detained over the weekend while carrying marijuana
and radios with non-police frequencies.
Last week, the government sent more than 2,500 soldiers and
federal police to crack down on soaring violence in the border
state of Chihuahua, where Juarez is located.
About 200 people have been killed in the city of 1.3 million so
far this year, and 47 policemen have resigned or requested
retirement in the last month.
Chihuahua is also home to the town of Palomas, across the border
from Columbus, New Mexico. That's where at least 40 people have
been killed this year and the city police chief recently sought
asylum in the United States after his deputies abandoned him and he
received death threats.