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Another Mexican general jailed on drug charges

March 19, 1997
Web posted at: 10:40 p.m. EST (0340 GMT)

MEXICO CITY (CNN) -- A Mexican army general has been jailed on charges that he tried to bribe a local official to ignore drug shipments in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The arrest of Brig. Gen. Alfredo Navarro Lara marks the second time in just over a month that a Mexican general has been arrested on drug charges.

Navarro Lara is accused of acting as an envoy for the Arellano Felix brothers, who allegedly head a cocaine-smuggling cartel based in Tijuana. The general allegedly threatened to kill the local official if he refused to accept $1 million a month in bribes.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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