First, the local police in Monterrey, Mexico’s third largest city, lost their assault rifles after an armed confrontation with federal agents while protesting the arrest of city officers for suspected drug corruption. Now police in the city will be stripped of cellphones. The legislature in Nuevo León state, this week approved a bill banning city and state police from carrying personal cellphones while on duty in an effort to stop corrupt officers from communicating with narco gangs. Federal forces raided police stations this month in 18 towns in Nuevo León, detaining 78 officers suspected of working with narcos. The operation came after soldiers found lists of police names in the possession of suspected traffickers. (AP, June 10)
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