Mexico ex-drug prosecutor detained for allegedly taking bribes from cartel

  • Mexico
  • 11/24/2008
  • Migalhas

Mexican authorities on Thursday detained former Assistant Attorney General Noe Ramirez, one-time head of Mexico’s anti-drug operation in the Assistant Attorney General’s Office Specializing in Organized Crime (SIEDO), accusing him of receiving monthly payments of $450,000 from the Pacifico drug cartel in exchange for confidential information regarding government anti-drug enforcement efforts. Attorney General Eduardo Medina determined that there were sufficient grounds to detain Ramirez after questioning him Wednesday in relation to “Operation Cleaning” investigations. Ramirez, whose arrest comes as part of an ongoing investigation into drug cartels and their connections to senior law enforcement officials, had worked for 14 years in the Mexican Office of the Attorney General.