Mayor arrested on drug cartel extortion charges

04/16/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Mexico City – Prosecutors have arrested the mayor of a city in western Mexico for aiding in the extortion of money from city council members. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, was arrested after city council members accused him of forcing them to gather in a rural area where they were demanded by gunmen to hand over 20,000 ($1,500) pesos a piece.

Prosecutors say the meeting took place in 2012 at a time when the Knights Templar drug cartel was had a stronghold on the community. The cartel allegedly controlled or extorted money from multiple municipalities in the state.

As noted by the AP, the mayor’s arrest was made days after Jesus Reyna, Michoacan’s former interior secretary, the state’s second highest-ranking official, was detained under house arrest. Reyna has yet to be formally charged in connection with his alleged Knights Templar affiliation.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Mexico City Legal News

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