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Police official quits over aide's alleged drug links

November 02, 2008|Times Wire Services

One of Mexico's top police officers has quit after an aide was accused of working for a drug cartel, the security ministry said.

Gerardo Garay, acting federal police commissioner, has stepped down and said he will cooperate with an organized crime investigation, a ministry spokesman said.

One of Garay's top lieutenants is being investigated by police on suspicions that he was offering protection to the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's main drug gangs.

"I am resigning because in the bloody fight against organized crime, it is our duty to strengthen institutions, which means it is essential to eliminate any shadows of doubt regarding me," Garay said.

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