Mexico nabs 21 in gang attacks
GOMEZ PALACIO, Mexico — Twenty-one members of a drug gang linked to the Sinaloa cartel have been detained in connection with as many as 30 killings and the abduction of five non-editorial employees of a newspaper who were later released, Mexican authorities said on Thursday.
Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang's alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.
A statement from the state prosecutor's office said the suspects included at least six females; all were arrested in the northern city of Gomez Palacio and surrounding areas. Police said they recovered 20 rifles and bags of drugs in making the 21 arrests.
State Attorney General Sonia de la Garza said the gang acted as an enforcement wing for the Sinaloa cartel.
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