30 Mexican soldiers accused of being hit men for drug cartels

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MEXICO CITY — A top Mexican official has confirmed that an army general and 29 soldiers under his command assigned to a town on the border with Texas are being tried on charges of homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes.

Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire says the alleged crimes are “deplorable and reprehensible.”

According to testimony, at least 10 civilians were killed by soldiers or by hit men under the orders of Gen. Manuel Moreno. The defendants also are alleged to have resold seized marijuana and cocaine, and stole cars, computers, TV sets and even mattresses during raids.