- - Monday, August 20, 2012

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 officers assigned to security details at the Mexico City International Airport in the wake of the June 25 shooting deaths of three federal policemen killed by fellow officers believed to be involved in trafficking drugs through the terminal.

Federal Police regional security Chief Luis Cardenas said the police agents have been reassigned to different states. They have been replaced by federal police who have passed intensive background checks.

One of the three officers sought in the shooting has been captured. Two others are still at large.

Chief Cardenas also announced a reward of $260,000 for information leading to their arrest. The rogue officers are suspected of being part of a smuggling ring that flew in cocaine from Peru.

3 women shot to death on road in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Police early Saturday found the bodies of three women who were shot to death with assault rifles on a roadside in the central Mexico state of Morelos.

The women were believed to be from the ages of 20 to 25, though they had not been identified. Two of the women had their hands tied behind their backs. One was wearing only a blouse.

The Morelos state prosecutors’ office said 15 spent shells from assault rifles were found at the scene.

Morelos is just south of Mexico City, and has been the scene of drug cartel turf battles involving the remnants of the Beltran Leyva gang.

In the western state of Michoacan, police found a total of eight bodies in two heaps on the side of a highway.

Four of the bodies were charred beyond recognition in a burned-out sport utility vehicle, said Carlos Arrieta, spokesman for the Michoacan state prosecutors office. A man’s dismembered body was found in several plastic bags near the vehicle.

Several towns away along the same highway, police found the bullet-riddled bodies of three more men.

The area has seen bloody fighting between the Knights Templar cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generation gang, which is believed to be allied with the Sinaloa cartel.

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