Mexican police arrest leading gangsters (2)

12:46, November 18, 2010      

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Mexican Police presents alleged kidnapper Cesar Reyes Vargas (C) in Mexico City, Mexico's capital, on Nov. 17, 2010. (Xinhua/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Police arrested two others -- Antonio Leonel Camacho Mendoza and Eva Gabriela Marquez Grijalva -- at the scene and took a child into custody. The others were charged in connection with vehicle thefts, because the Lancer had been reported stolen earlier.

In the second incident, police arrested Sergio Moreno Godinez, acting chief of La Familia, a drug smuggling organization in coastal cities La Mira and Guacamayas, and leading port Lazaro Cardenas.

Following his arrest, Mexican broadcaster Milenio showed a brief interview with Moreno during which he said he had worked as a local police officer until he joined the gang, and said that the gang acted as an informal police force.

"We are ready to hand over all our weapons to police if we see they can preserve order," he told media. "All we want is that the federal police stay out."

The police statement said that Moreno had been sacked from the police in the 1990s because he had tested positive for an illegal drug. He said that he had been jailed in 2000 after being arrested in Michoacan in possession of 5 tones of marijuana. The statement said that he had also been accused of extortion and small scale drug dealing.

The police statement said that four other Familia members had been arrested this week, a situation that Moreno said was having a substantial impact on the organization, in the Milenio interview. "The organization is in decline. It is structure is in bad shape," he said.

All the four were arrested in Lazaro Cardenas. One of them was working as a police officer at the time of the arrest.

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