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Wife of Mexican mayor in city where students disappeared charged with organized crime

Children write letters for the feast of the Three Kings, asking for the 43 missing colleges students, in Mexico City, Sunday Jan. 4, 2015. The children along with their parents sent letters asking for the well being of the students that went missing after a clash with the local police of the town of Iguala on Southern Guerrero state, on Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Children write letters for the feast of the Three Kings, asking for the 43 missing colleges students, in Mexico City, Sunday Jan. 4, 2015. The children along with their parents sent letters asking for the well being of the students that went missing after a clash with the local police of the town of Iguala on Southern Guerrero state, on Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

The wife of a mayor whose police force turned 43 students over to a drug gang that allegedly killed them has been charged with organized crime and money laundering.

Maria de los Angeles Pineda's husband is former Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca. Her brothers were leading members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang.

Federal prosecutor Tomas Zeron said Monday that Pineda has been charged with organized crime related to drug trafficking, and use of illicit funds. She has been transferred to a federal prison.

Abarca and Pineda were arrested Nov. 4 in Mexico City. Abarca was charged with organized crime, kidnapping and homicide.

The students disappeared Sept. 26 in Iguala, Guerrero. Only one of the students has been identified from charred bits of bone.