Former Drug Czar Took Bribe from Drug Cartel

POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:05pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Officials say Mexico's former drug czar took $450,000 to leak information to a powerful cartel.

Noe Ramirez is the highest law enforcement official detained yet as part of Mexico's sweeping effort to weeding out authorities who allegedly shared police information with violent drug smugglers.

Ramirez was named to the post in 2006 when Calderon took office and later resigned in a department shakeup in July. His detention, five top officials and two federal agents have been detained so far this year for alleged drug ties.

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