MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of Mexico’s Morelos state claimed Monday his predecessor and the earlier police chief negotiated with a drug gang.
Gov. Cuauhtémoc Blanco had himself been compelled to disclaim any drug hyperlinks earlier this month after a 3-year-old picture surfaced exhibiting him posing with three males recognized as native drug gang leaders. But Blanco went on the offensive Monday, claiming ex-governor Graco Ramirez had made deals with a gang often known as “The Reds.”
Blanco appeared at prosecutors’ places of work to ask they examine any allegations in opposition to him, saying “I have nothing to hide, I don’t make deals with criminals.”
Blanco additionally accused the previous state police chief, Alberto Capella, of being in on the deals.
Capella stated that was a lie meant to divert consideration from Blanco’s personal issues. In his Twitter account, Capella referred to as Blanco “ignorant, corrupt and perverse,” and stated that beneath Ramirez’s 2012-2018 administration, police had combatted The Reds with vigor.
Morelos, simply south of Mexico City, was as soon as recognized for its balmy local weather, and as a quiet weekend getaway for Mexico City residents. But during the last 20 years it has been tormented by kidnappings, extortion and killings.
A former Mexican nationwide soccer workforce star, Blanco received the governorship of Morelos in 2018 after retiring from soccer. A photograph from October of that very same yr exhibits him smiling and locking arms with three males, certainly one of whom is beneath arrest and one other who was killed in jail.
The third man is allegedly nonetheless alive and main a gang referred to as the “Tlahuica Command” which will have been concerned within the 2019 killing of a group activist.
The newspaper El Sol de Mexico says the picture was discovered on the phone of one other drug suspect.
Blanco ascribed the picture to the risks of being a former soccer star who would by no means deny a fan a photograph op.
“I have taken a lot of photos as a soccer player,” Blanco stated. He recalled a time when he was seen in a photograph alongside with a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, noting “I didn’t even know who he was, but because I’m such a good guy, I take photos with everyone.”
Asked by reporters when and the place the picture printed this week was taken — it seems to be indoors, in an workplace or eating room — Blanco stated “I don’t know, I swear, I don’t even remember.”
“I take a lot of photos (with people), and I am not going to be asking them, ‘hey, who are you and what do you do for a living?’” Blanco stated.
“I am going to continue taking photos,” Blanco stated defiantly. “Perhaps more will come out.”
Blanco beforehand served as mayor of the state capital, Cuernavaca. During his skilled soccer profession he was recognized for his pugnacious, combative type. As governor, Blanco has been criticized for naming former soccer associates to state posts.