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3 Mexican Federal Police Arrested

June 4, 1998

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Three federal police officers in Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in the western state of Jalisco, the Attorney General’s office said Wednesday.

The three men, officers with the Federal Judicial Police, were taken into custody Tuesday.

The officers are accused of kidnapping a man and demanding more than $7,000 and a Volkswagen Jetta. State police officers arrested the three men during a ransom payoff.

They are also suspected of extortion, abuse of authority and illegal deprivation of liberty, the office said in a statement. The statement did not say anything about charges being filed, which typically takes a day or two.

Kidnapping has become a major industry across Mexico, with 139 reported to police so far this year. In many more cases _ estimates rise into the thousands _ people have been afraid to report the crimes, either because of kidnappers’ threats or because they believe police are involved.

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