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Mexican Police Arrest Drug Gang Member

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2009

Police in Mexico arrest a drug gang member after two days of attacks on federal police stations.
Arnoldo Rueda a suspected Mexican gang leader is escorted by police in Michoacan.

They say he's responsible for a number of attacks on police stations in the western state.

[General Rudolf Cruz, Co-ordinator, Federal Police Intelligence]:
"After his detention, Arnold Rued, co-ordinator of the 'Michoacan Family' was transferred to the federal police station in Morelia, which organized crime members of his group attacked with grenades and high-calibre weapons."

The attacks happened when members of the Michoacan family attempted to rescue Rueda from a police station.

Unsuccessful, they launched a wave of attacks on other stations.

Grenades were thrown at the buildings and gun fire was exchanged between gang members and police.

Around five federal police stations were targeted.

Police were also ambushed and killed.

A least seven people were killed and several police officers were injured in the violence.

This recent wave of attacks took place in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state.

Calderon has vowed to tackle the increasing drug problem in the country and to rein in the cartel turf wars.

But critics say he's fighting a losing a battle which is putting off foreign investment and tourists.

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