16 Mexico police officers held, accused of aiding cartels in massacres
Sixteen police officers have been arrested for allegedly providing cover to drug-cartel gangsters suspected in the grisly slaying of more than 120 people whose bodies are being pulled from mass graves in northeastern Mexico.
The federal attorney general’s office, in a statement, identified the 16 as members of the municipal police force in the town of San Fernando, near where the bodies were found.
On Thursday, officials in the border state of Tamaulipas said the number of dead who have been extracted from several pits about 90 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, had risen to 126. Digging continued in search of additional victims, the officials said.