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Mexico's police chief resigns

MEXICO CITY — The top officer of Mexico's federal police force has quit amid allegations that drug gangs have infiltrated senior levels of crime-fighting agencies, according to a resignation statement posted Saturday.

Acting federal police Commissioner Gerardo Garay said he was stepping aside "to place myself at the orders of legal judicial authorities to clear up any accusation against me."

Garay did not say what accusations he was referring to, nor were federal officials available Saturday to comment on the resignation. But the newspaper Reforma reported Saturday that prosecutors are looking into whether the federal police assigned to the Mexico City airport had aided drug traffickers.

A top operator of the Sinaloa drug cartel was arrested Oct. 20 after a gunbattle with police, and prosecutors say the man was in charge of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine through the capital's international airport.

Garay took over the post after the previous commissioner, Edgar Millan Gomez, was shot to death outside his home in May. Investigators have said that Millan Gomez's crackdown on drug trafficking at the airport may have led to his murder.

Mexico's police chief resigns 11/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:43pm]
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