Mexico’s government said it has arrested three individuals – including a former passports office worker and an ex-federal police officer – wanted for extradition by the United States on drug charges.
A Mexican judge has begun hearing the extradition case against Eduardo Isidro Carranza Gallardo, a former federal police non-commissioned officer, and Cesar Manuel Hernandez Ramirez, ex-head of the Foreign Relations Secretariat’s Passports Office in the Mexico City borough of Cuajimalpa, the federal Attorney General’s Office said Friday in a statement.
Referring to the latter suspect, the Foreign Relations Secretariat later issued a clarification indicating he was not the head of the Passports Office in Cuajimalpa but only worked in the reception area.
The third suspect facing possible extradition was identified as Carlos Enrique Osorio Teyer, owner of several business establishments in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, including a restaurant.
Those three and another unidentified accomplice planned and executed the smuggling of at least 55 kilos of cocaine to the United States via the Miami airport, the AG’s office said, adding that the drugs “were confiscated (in that airport) by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Interpol participated in the arrest of the three suspects, who were apprehended after a pursuit in the Mexican states of Yucatan, Jalisco and Guerrero, as well as in Mexico City.
This article was published by the Latin America Herald Tribune on August 9, 2011.
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