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23 former federal and municipal police officers, who were arrested in Tijuana with drug trafficking charges, were released from prison Sunday, June 10th. The former officers were part of the 56 who were arrested on July 29, 2010, in an operation to clean up police forces operating in Baja California.

The men and women served their sentences in the Villa Aldama Federal Prison, in Veracruz state. 8 of the men traveled back to Tijuana by plane on Sunday. The group had spent 22 months behind bars.

The municipality of Tijuana has been applauded for its efforts in cleaning up its police forces. Weeding out police corruption has been on the forefront for helping fight the drugwar in Baja California.

Only two of the original 56 officers who were arrested are still in prison. 10 men who were former officers at the time of the operation were also arrested in the 2010 clean up.

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Visduh June 10, 2012 @ 9:18 p.m.

Typical. Big crackdown and then when attention wanes, nothing really happens. Over the many decades I've lived in this border region, I have lost track of the number of times the TJ police department has been cleaned up and "reformed." Massive firings of cops every time, yet a few years later it's back in the same old fix.

Years ago it wasn't about drug trafficking, it was about simple stuff like shakedowns, prostitution, sales of illicit contraband, and really basic stuff. And even then the corruption was impossible to eliminate. With all this drug money sloshing around the country, can all misery be eliminated? I doubt it.


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