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Wife of mayor of Mexican city where 43 disappeared to be tried for gang ties

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, two-image composite file photo, released by Mexico's Attorney General's office (PGR) shows the former mayor of the town of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, left, and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, after their arrest in Mexico City. The federal judiciary council said on Monday, Jan. 12, 2014, that a court ruled there was enough evidence to try Maria de los Angeles Pineda on charges she engaged in organized crime to traffic drugs and launder money. (AP Photo/PGR, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, two-image composite file photo, released by Mexico's Attorney General's office (PGR) shows the former mayor of the town of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, left, and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, after their arrest in Mexico City. The federal judiciary council said on Monday, Jan. 12, 2014, that a court ruled there was enough evidence to try Maria de los Angeles Pineda on charges she engaged in organized crime to traffic drugs and launder money. (AP Photo/PGR, File)  (The Associated Press)

The wife of the former mayor of a Mexican city where 43 students disappeared will be tried on organized crime charges.

The federal judiciary council said Monday that a court ruled there was enough evidence to try Maria de los Angeles Pineda on charges she engaged in organized crime to traffic drugs and launder money.

Pineda is the wife of Jose Luis Abarca, who is on trial for organized crime, homicide and kidnapping.

Abarca was mayor of Iguala, in Guerrero state. In September he allegedly ordered local police to detain the students and turn them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which apparently killed them.

The council said Pineda belonged to the gang since 2005 and probably handled $937,000 (13, 722, 849 pesos) for Guerreros Unidos.