7 Mexican Cops Near U.S. Border Detained for Possible Drug Ties

Mexican authorities arrested seven police officers in the border city of Tijuana on suspicion of connections to drug cartels.

The federal Attorney General's Office in Baja California state said Monday in a statement that the officers can be held for 40 days while they are investigated for ties to organized crime.

No charges have been filed.

Last week, authorities arrested a former Tijuana policeman who allegedly led at least 10 criminal cells working for Teodoro Garcia Simental, who allegedly broke away from the Arellano Felix cartel to sell drugs on his own.

Twenty-nine police officers were killed last year in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.