Ex-Mexican drugs chief charged

Official accused of accepting bribes to pass on information to drug cartel.

    Mexico's efforts to clamp down on drug gangs
    have sparked a wave of deadly violence [EPA]

    The news comes as violence continued in Mexico after at least 11 people, including six children, were killed in three drive-by shootings in Mexico's southeastern
    Tabasco state, local authorities said on Sunday.

    The dead were mostly relatives of a Mexican state police officer, officials said.

    Drugs violence

    Ramirez was appointed as Mexico's top anti-drug prosecutor by Felipe Calderon, Mexico's president, in 2006.

    Two other anti-drug officers were imprisoned in 2008 for accepting bribes of up to $500,000 from the Beltran Leyva gang, which had recently split from Sinaloa cartel.

    Calderon's two-year-old crackdown on drug cartels has sparked brutal violence as cartels battle for turf and power, with around 6,000 people dying in the fighting last year, many of them civilians.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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