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Mexican prosecutors said Monday that employees of the federal Attorney's General's Office worked for a drug cartel, passing sensitive information to traffickers in the worst known case of drug infiltration of law enforcement in a decade.
The Mexico City newspaper El Universal reported on Monday that one cartel informant said he had infiltrated the U.S. Embassy.
It said the informant told Mexican prosecutors that he had worked as a "criminal investigator" at the embassy and that he had passed along information on U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operations in Mexico. The embassy had no immediate comment on the report.
The man reportedly worked for the Beltran-Leyva cartel, the same organization that allegedly employed at least five agents of Mexico's Attorney General's Office for Organized Crime.
Employees of that unit charged with fighting organized crime allegedly were paid by members of the Beltran-Leyva cartel to pass along information on federal investigations of their organization and other traffickers.
Two top employees of the organized crime unit and at least three federal police agents assigned to it may have been passing information on surveillance targets and potential raids for at least four years, the unit's head, Assistant Attorney General Marisela Morales, told a news conference.
One of the officials was an assistant intelligence director and the other served as a liaison in requesting searches and assigning officers to carry them out.
All but one of the officials has been arrested.
The agents and officials received payments of between $150,000 and $450,000 per month for the information, Morales said.
The case represents the most serious known infiltration of anti-crime agencies since the 1997 arrest of Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, the head of Mexico's anti-drug agency, who was later convicted of aiding drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who has since died.
The Beltran Leyva brothers are one of the groups that make up northern Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, the country's largest drug trafficking confederation.
Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said that investigations were continuing to see whether any other informants had infiltrated prosecutors' offices.

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