MEXICO CITY (AP) _ The former assistant director of a state police force and five of its agents have been jailed on charges they allowed a group of drug traffickers to escape, a federal court official said Thursday.
Fernando Hernandez Pina, secretary of the 10th district penal court here, said federal charges of complicity were filed against the group from Hidalgo state, immediately northeast of Mexico City.
He said they also face charges of cocaine possession and carrying firearms reserved for the military forces.
They are accused of accepting $50,000 to allow four people to escape: a couple who allegedly brought 220 pounds of cocaine into the country from Colombia in a light plane and two other people who were going to drive the couple north in a van, Hernandez Pina said. The cocaine was believed destined for the United States.
Arresting officers recovered $41,000 of the money, Hernandez Pina said.
He identified the suspects as Jose Luis Jorge Uribe, former assistant director of the Hidalgo state judicial police; Jose Luis Kennedy Prieto, the former first commander; Jose Vega Perez, former commander for the Huichapan area, and three former agents.
Adalberto Perez, a Hidalgo state government spokesman, said Jorge Uribe was one of about 10 agents who were fired a week ago because numerous citizens’ complaints had been filed against them.
Charges were filed during the past week but did not become public until the defense demanded the case be transferred to Hidalgo state. The six were being held at the Southern Prison in Mexico City.