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Michoacan Becomes Focus Of President Felipe Calderon's Anti-drug Efforts

LADB Article ID: 50771
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2009-08-19
By: LADB Staff

The state legislature in the central state of Michoacan has designated substitutes for eight mayors arrested in May for providing protection to the drug cartels. The appointees, who will serve out the remainder of the ousted mayors' three-year terms until 2011, face some of the same problems and challenges that dogged their predecessors, namely how to counter the overreaching influence of the regional drug-trafficking cartel known as La Familia. Other politicians have been caught in the cartel's web, including Julio Cesar Godoy Toscano, who was elected to serve in the 2009-2012 session of the Congress. Godoy's alleged involvement with the drug cartels has put his half-brother, Michoacan Gov. Leonel Godoy Rangel, in a very difficult position. Leonel Godoy has taken extraordinary steps to root out drug-related corruption, including replacing several members of the state's security forces.

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