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Monday, Jan. 7, 2014

State public safety director says seized substance state police handed over for testing was cocaine, although federal authorities say results showed it was lime

Update, Jan. 8: Paper reports that state police confirmed that initial test showed that substance was not cocaine

      Baja California public safety director Daniel de la Rosa said the substance that state police recently seized in Tijuana and handed over for testing to the federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) was cocaine, even though the PGR says the testing shows it was 800 grams of lime.
     He said something similar had previously occurred in Rosarito, where supposed hallucinogenic pills that were seized were found to be medicine for horses. He said that in both cases, those detained confessed to trafficking in drugs. He said he would respect the test results, and said no state police were under suspicion for having switched the substance.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, Jan. 8 — Police signed document saying preliminary results were negative: El Mexicano reports in another front-page story that the three state police involved in the case signed a statement that the substance had not tested positive when it was given a quick test Jan. 1. The two suspects in the case remain in custody on charges of illegal possession of weapons. The headline read: "State policemen deceived Daniel de la Rosa" with a kicker headline that said, "They knew it was lime and not drugs." The story said one of the police involved was previously linked to the kidnapping of the wife of an alleged drug trafficker.