Mexican top cop charged for selling information

The former head of Mexico’s Special Organisd Crime Bureau has been charged with selling information to...

Goods seized during a massive drugs bust at Durban Harbour. Picture: Narissa Subramoney/Eyewitness News

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Noe Ramirez, who stepped down as chief of the SIEDO federal investigation unit in July last year, was detained in November for allegedly receiving $450 000 for passing secrets to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Mexico’s top drug fugitive Joaquin Guzman.

<country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Mexico</country-region>’s police force is riddled with corruption and the arrest of the country’s top drug prosecutor has been the biggest catch so far in a sweeping probe to smoke out cops and government officials working for drug smugglers.

President Felipe Calderon’s two-year-old crackdown on drug cartels has sparked turf wars between rival gangs that led to the deaths of around 6 000 people last year.