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Mexico Seeks Lawmaker With Drug Ties

Friday, 17 Dec 2010 07:41 AM


MEXICO CITY - Mexico's attorney general said Thursday that he was calling on Interpol to help authorities capture a lawmaker suspected of having ties to a drug cartel, The Washington Post reports.

Mexico's top prosecutor, Arturo Chavez Chavez, vowed to arrest Julio Cesar Godoy Toscano, a federal deputy whose immunity from prosecution was stripped by Congress this week.

Traditionally, suspect Mexican politicians are pursued after they leave office - if at all. But Godoy became an embarrassment and liability to the political class, especially after investigators released a recorded phone call of him allegedly speaking with a high-ranking member of the drug trafficking cartel known as La Familia.

The cartel has emerged as Mexico's top methamphetamine producer from the mango and avocado farm towns of western Michoacan, where Godoy's stepbrother is governor.

At a news conference in September, Godoy swore his innocence and denied ties to the drug gang.

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com

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