Mexico ruling party official arrested on suspicion of gang links


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Interim governor of Michoacan, Jesus Reyna Garcia, gives a speech at the Michoacan state congress in Morelia April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Alan Ortega Interim governor of Michoacan, Jesus Reyna Garcia, gives a speech at the Michoacan state congress in Morelia April 22, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Alan Ortega

MEXICO CITY – A top ruling party politician in the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan was formally arrested on Wednesday for alleged links to organized crime, an official from the attorney general’s office said.

Jesus Reyna Garcia, a member of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, became interim governor of the western state last year, stepping in for the incumbent Fausto Vallejo when he fell ill.

Reyna was first detained in April and ordered held for 40 days while authorities investigated him for alleged links to organized crime.

“While he was being held, it was discovered that Reyna had had various meetings with members of criminal groups,” Rodrigo Archundia, the head of Mexico’s specialist organized crime…

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