FNS: Fifteen of Eight Hundred Méxical i Cops Fail Drug Test
- FNS: Fifteen of Eight Hundred Méxicali Cops Fail Drug Test
Date: 8/28/2002 2:10:05 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Yesterday, August 27, Frontera NorteSur reported that approximately one sixth of the Reynosa, Tamaulipas police force was fired for failing drug tests or for not showing up to take the tests. While this is a remarkable number of law-enforcement officers testing positive for drugs--98 of them were fired--drug use among police in Baja California appears to be much lower.
So far, after testing city police officers from Méxicali and San Felipe, 15 of 800 officers failed drug tests. All of the officers that tested positive were examined again with more specialized tests. Later, six of the fifteen were fired after traces of marijuana and/or cocaine were found in their systems. The other nine officers tested positive for using amphetamines and their cases are being evaluated individually since some kinds of amphetamines can be legally used in the treatment of health problems.
The six police officers that were fired for cocaine and marijuana use were added to local and national data bases that will prohibit them from working in law enforcement throughout Mexico. This ban extends to private security agencies as well.
Remaining to be tested are 400 other city police officers from the Méxicali region. The tests extend to all member of law enforcement including commanders, chiefs and officials. The exams are a permanent aspect of Méxicali law enforcement and will be continued in the future.
Source: La Crónica (Méxicali), August 21, 2002. Article by Carlos Alvarez.
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