Customs police overhauled

Some 1,100 customs police and inspectors were removed from their posts when their contracts expired and replaced with 1,470 new agents. In Ciudad Juárez, the army took control of the international bridge crossing and secured the weapons of the agents who were fired. While the timing of the action was a surprise, unnamed officials inside Customs said that the decision was made a year ago when it was determined that customs agents were implicated in most cases of smuggling, and the training of the new agents began last May. (Reforma 8/15, 8/16)

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