MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican judge has ordered 16 police officers to remain detained for 40 days pending an investigation into their alleged involvement with the Zetas drug gang in a region where authorities have found a series of mass graves.
Federal prosecutors say in a statement Monday that the officers are being investigated for organized crime, kidnapping and homicide.
The 16 officers in San Fernando, Tamaulipas state were detained last week for allegedly protecting members of the zetas and covering up the kidnappings of bus passengers and others who traveled a highway connecting San Fernando to the U.S. Border.
Authorities have recovered 145 bodies since early this month in San Fernando, where authorities say the Zetas killed 72 Central American migrants in August.
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