Kidnapped official found – hanging beneath Tijuana bridge

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The mutilated body of a state official who authorities said was suspected of giving fake driver’s licenses to drug gang members was found hanging from a bridge Friday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

Relatives identified the man as Rogelio Sanchez, a Baja California state official in charge of driver’s licenses, said Prisma Perez, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office. Sanchez, 44, was kidnapped Wednesday as he left his home in Tijuana…

His body was found hanging from the Morelio bridge at 5:30 a.m. in an industrial zone of Tijuana, just as factory workers were beginning to arrive for work…

Gang violence has killed more than 13,800 people since President Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide crackdown on drug cartels in December 2006. Many have been police and other government officials who are often attacked near their homes or inside their cars.

Calderon has acknowledged that rampant corruption is a major obstacle in his fight against drug trafficking. Hundreds of police – and many top-level government officials – have been fired or arrested for suspected ties to cartels under the Calderon government.

RTFA and stay up-to-date on the latest drug gang killings in Mexico.

4 thoughts on “Kidnapped official found – hanging beneath Tijuana bridge

  1. Cinaedh says:

    I notice no-one is yet prepared to publicly consider the possibility of military or police ‘Death Squads’.

    In this sort of situation, of course they’re inevitable.

    • moss says:

      Death squads require ideology. The sort of ideology you might expect on Calderon’s side of the political spectrum.

      The ideology ruling Mexico’s police is loyalty to that green-and-white flag with pictures of dead American presidents on it.

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