Mex­ico ar­rests top of­fi­cial over car­tel links

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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

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