According to declarations made by members of the Las Zetas drug cartel, cited by the National Security Archive (NSA), the officers acted as “lookouts” for the gang, aided “the interception of persons” and turned a blind eye on Zetas’ illicit activities.
The information appeared in a memo sent by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to NSA, after the former requested the information under Mexican transparency laws.
These new revelations are reminiscent of the incident of the forced disappearance of 43 students in September, which has sparked outrage across Mexico. On September 26, a bus of students heading to a peaceful protest in Iguala, Mexico, was intercepted by the local police. Six people died in the initial conflict, 43 were then handed over to a criminal gang. The missing young men have allegedly been killed, according to an official investigation report.