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Michoacan mayor accused of kidnapping, extortion

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico — The mayor of Lazaro Cardenas, a major commercial port city in Mexico’s troubled Michoacan state, has been arrested and accused of kidnapping, extortion and links to organized crime, officials said Monday.

The arrest of Arquimides Oseguera was part of an effort to rid Michoacan of drug lords and their suspected allies in state and local government. It came after the slaying or arrest of a number of leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, and after the recent detention of Michoacan’s interior minister for questioning over suspected ties to illicit drug groups.

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