MEXICO CITY | Mexican authorities said on Tuesday they had detained a gang of 18 suspected kidnappers – the majority of whom were members of the federal police – in the Pacific resort of Acapulco.
The Mexican government’s national security spokesman, Eduardo Sanchez, said 13 of the 18 men aged between 22 and 32 years old were federal police. The gang is thought to be involved with seven murders and four kidnappings, Sanchez said.
The suspects were seized on the outskirts of Acapulco by fellow federal police officers after an anonymous tip, Sanchez said in a press conference.
The tourist resort of Acapulco, which lies in the western state of Guerrero, has been hit by a wave of violence in recent years and is now one of Mexico’s most violent cities with a murder rate of 77 homicides per 100,000 people.
The federal police have suffered severe blows to their reputation in recent years following various high-profile embarrassments.
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