MEXICO CITY – A federal judge has ordered four high-ranking Mexican army officers to stand trial on charges they protected a drug cartel.
Prosecutors say retired generals Tomas Angeles Dauahare and Ricardo Escorcia, as well as active service Gen. Roberto Dawe Gonzalez and Retired Lt. Col. Silvio Hernandez Soto allegedly provided protection to the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel.
According to a statement from the court office released late Monday the officers are facing charges they passed key information that facilitated the cartels' illegal activities at least during 2007.
The officers are the highest-ranking Mexican army officials arrested in at least 15 years. They were detained in May and had been held under a form of house arrest until late Monday, when they were sent to a maximum security prison in central Mexico.