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Latest news: 05-27-09

UK man in extradition battle may face additional charges

United Kingdom - Brian Howes, 45, from Bo'ness, near Falkirk, is accused of supplying the chemicals to people in the US.

US authorities want to charge him for each sale he made there and not just the 16 alleged sales which took place in Arizona as originally stated.

Full story, BBC News


Mexico detains mayors, officials

Mexico City - Federal forces detained 10 mayors and 17 state and municipal officials for alleged drug ties Tuesday in an unprecedented anti-corruption sweep in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan.

Soldiers and officers fanned out across President Felipe Calderon’s native state to carry out the operation, including more than 200 federal agents who burst into the state attorney general’s office in Morelia to detain three officials.

Most of the mayors are from towns in a mountainous region where there have been numerous beheadings and where federal officials recently seized 22 meth labs.

State police academy director Mario Bautista and state governor’s adviser Citlalli Fernandez, the former public safety secretary, were among those taken in, the federal attorney general’s office said in a statement.

Two police chiefs and several commanders were also detained.

From The News Tribune

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