Briefly: Mexican police officers charged in attack on CIA agents

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have charged 14 federal police officers with trying to kill two CIA agents and a Mexican navy captain in an August ambush south of the capital city.

The attorney general’s office did not state a motive for the attack, which it announced late last week. The police officers have been charged with attempted homicide.

The attorney general said the police officers were off-duty and driving private vehicles when they opened fire 152 times on the U.S. Embassy vehicle carrying the CIA officers and navy captain to a military training camp.

The Mexican officers have spent nearly 80 days in a form of house arrest Mexico uses in organized-crime cases.

Army frees migrants held by crime gangs

MEXICO CITY — Mexican army troops freed 28 people who apparently had been kidnapped, most of them from Central and South America, officials in Tamaulipas state said Sunday.

Such migrants are often preyed on by organized crime gangs and drug traffickers as they try to make their way north to the United States in search of work and a better life.

Troops acted Saturday night in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas after receiving a tip that people were being held against their will in a building, a source in the office of the state attorney-general said.

Six people were arrested. Five of the victims were Mexicans and the rest from Central and South America, including women and children.

PARAGUAY

Bolivian drug lord caught with ton-plus of cocaine

ASUNCION — Paraguayan officials said Sunday they have arrested a suspected Bolivian drug lord and seized more than a ton of cocaine in a northern city along the border with Brazil.

Special agents said they found a 3,724-pound cargo at a ranch in Salto del Guairo, some 250 miles from the capital, Asuncion.

Agents reported a smaller find Saturday, but additional searches near the ranch turned up more cocaine and an illegal landing strip.

The National Anti-drug Secretariat said the drugs were about to be flown in five small planes to Rio de Janeiro.

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