- Associated Press - Monday, February 21, 2011

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The norteno band Tucanes de Tijuana hopes to be able to perform once again in that Mexican border city, now that a police official who banned it from playing there has resigned.

Tijuana police official Julian Leyzaola issued the ban in 2008 after the group’s lead singer relayed a greeting to a drug trafficker from the stage. The tough-talking former army officer announced over the weekend he was leaving the police department.

Now that Leyzaola is gone, Tucanes lead singer Mario Quintero says that “we do not think much time will pass before we can return to Tijuana.”

The Tucanes defend songs that glorify drug traffickers, saying audiences like the tunes.

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