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Key prosecution witness in drug case against Mexican general shot

July 28, 1997

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Gunmen have shot and wounded a key prosecution witness in a drug case against an army general, in what appears to be a widening scandal involving the Mexican military.

The witness, Ricardo Cesareo Vazquez Tafolla, was injured slightly when gunmen opened fire as he left his home Friday in the western city of Guadalajara.

Vazquez Tafolla recognized at least one of his attackers as being linked to Brig. Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, who was arrested in February a few months after he was fired as head of the Institute to Combat Drugs.

Gutierrez Rebollo is one of several men accused of having been employed by the late drug lord Amado Carillo Fuentes.

Gutierrez Rebollo, a career officer for 42 years, made a name for himself arresting a number of powerful drug lords in western Mexico _ all of them Carrillo Fuentes’ rivals in the illegal drug trade. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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