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Mexican army cleaning own house: thirteen soldiers arrested for drug trafficking

Mexican Army

The Ministry of Defense of Mexico said on Friday that 13 soldiers were arrested and prosecuted for drug trafficking after being found with 928 kilograms of methamphetamine and 30 kilograms of cocaine.

According to the Department of National Defence,  “three officers and ten enlisted soldiers” were arrested and  “charged with organized crime and drug trafficking.”

The local military command said the soldiers were transporting the drugs overland from the capital, Mexico City to Tijuana (northwest) on the border with the United States.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant of the central nervous system that is highly addictive and has the potential to cause severe brain damage.

According to the online version of the Mexican newspaper El Universal, the military were arrested last week in Tijuana when they used an official vehicle to transport the drug.

“We will apply the law, since there will not be tolerated acts contrary to military law, reaffirming our commitment to the Mexican people to ensure the safety of citizens,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense.

Since taking office four years ago, President Felipe Calderon has put in place the mexican Army in order to combat drug trafficking and the  operations involved about 50,000 soldiers.

During this period, more than 34 000 people died in drug-related crimes – mostly due to power struggles between cartels.