Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:00 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2013 8:40 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and crime in the mountains of southern Mexico have turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people that the vigilantes have detained over the last month as suspected criminals.
Movement leader Bruno Placido says the 11 are the detainees accused by local residents of the most serious crimes, such as murder, kidnapping and extortion. The vigilante movement sprang up in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero after a series of kidnappings in early January.
The Guerrero state government says Placido's group has agreed to turn over "the first 20" detainees, implying more will eventually follow. But Placido says a residents assembly in the township of Ayutla will determine the next step.