Mexico Suspends 6 over Photos of Slain Drug Lord

By: E. Eduardo Castillo - AP Writer
By: E. Eduardo Castillo - AP Writer

Six forensics workers in Mexico have been suspended for altering a crime scene in which slain drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva was photographed with bloodstained money laid out across his bullet-ridden body, an official said Tuesday.

A spokesman for prosecutors in the central state of Morelos said
the workers claimed a federal official they did not name ordered
them to change the scene. The spokesman is not authorized to be
quoted by name because of department policy.

Beltran Leyva was killed along with six associates Dec. 16 in a
shootout with marines.

The apartment was secured by a marine detail while forensics
workers examined and eventually removed the bodies.

Mexico's Interior Department has said no federal official was
involved in the alteration.

The spokesman said the six suspended workers include a doctor, a
photographer and a crime scene expert. They face disciplinary
action for failing to follow proper procedures, but no criminal
charges have been brought against them.

Beltran Leyva was considered one of Mexico's most wanted and
most violent drug lords, and the apparently staged photos were
later published by Mexican and international media.


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