Hundreds from Armed Mexican Vigilante Defense Group Sieze Mexican City & Arrest Corrupt PoliceSubmitted by RobHino on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 13:04
Tierra Colorada, Mexico, Mar 27 (EFE) - A vigilante group has released the 12 police officers and six civilians it took hostage in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero after cutting a deal with prosecutors, spokesmen for the grassroots organization said.
The 18 individuals were handed over to Guerrero Attorney General's Office personnel Tuesday night on condition that they will be investigated for allegedly having links to drug traffickers, a Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, spokesman told Efe.
The 18 suspects were later taken to jail, where they will be held until prosecutors decide whether charges will be filed against them.
Hundreds of armed members of the self-defense group took control early Tuesday of Tierra Colorada in an effort to find the killers of Guadalupe QuiÃ±onez, a 27-year-old who served as the vigilante group's leader.
UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in the cities of Ayutla de los Libres, Teconoapa and San Marcos to protect residents.
The self-defense group controls access to the communities and polices them to fight crime.
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