AFP
October 27, 2008

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Mexican authorities have been holding 35 officials since July for selling intelligence to drug cartels, for payments of up to 400,000 dollars, the federal prosecutor revealed on Monday.

“Thirty-five public officials have been pulled out of the SIEDO (elite anti-organized crime unit) as well as other support staff. The process of the cleaning up and revision of staff and proceedings will continue in a permanent manner,” Eduardo Medina Mora told a news conference.

The investigation into the SIEDO officials began in 2004 “after thwarted operations and a formal declaration that public service officers were passing on information from the Sinaloa cartel,” said Marisela Morales, head of the SIEDO.

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