Mexico arrests top official over cartel links
The country’s attorney general says Michoacan’s secretary of the interior met senior Knights Templar cartel leaders.
A former top official in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan has been arrested accused of holding meetings with top bosses from the Knights Templar drug cartel.
Jesus Murillo Karam, the attorney general, said on Monday that an investigation confirmed that Jesus Reyna, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, met the notorious cartel.
“We can be certain that meetings between this person with [cartel] leaders, I would even say with the most important leader of the organisations that operate there,” Karam said.
Reyna was sacked as Michoacan’s secretary of the interior after authorities placed him under arrest on Saturday.
Leaders of vigilante militias, that rose up against the cartel in Michoacan last year, have repeatedly accused Reyna of having links to the Knights Templar cartel. Aljazeera