MEXICO CITY – Nine suspected members of a gang involved in kidnappings, contract hits and extortion rackets were arrested by the Federal Police in La Laguna, a region in the northern Mexican state of Durango, officials said.
The suspects were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in Gomez Palacio, a city in Durango.
The men, who are between the ages of 20 and 62, were allegedly involved in attacks on officials and media outlets in La Laguna.
The suspects allegedly staged the kidnapping in early February of employees of the El Siglo de Torreon newspaper and an attack on the Federal Police officers guarding the daily’s offices.
The newspaper employees were later released by the kidnappers.
The La Laguna region, which includes parts of Durango and neighboring Coahuila state, is at the center of a turf war between the Los Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels, with the Zetas controlling Coahuila’s largest cities, including Saltillo, the state capital, Torreon and Piedras Negras. EFE