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The governor of the Mexican state of Morelos claims that his predecessor and the former police chief negotiated with a drug gang

Governor Cuauhtémoc Blanco had himself been forced to deny any connection to drugs earlier this month after a photo of a 3-year-old child surfaced showing him posing with three men identified as gang leaders local drugs. But Blanco went on the offensive on Monday, claiming former Governor Graco Ramirez had made deals with a gang known as ‘The Reds’.

Blanco showed up at the prosecutors’ offices asking them to investigate all the allegations against him, saying, “I have nothing to hide, I don’t do business with criminals.”

Blanco also accused former state police chief Alberto Capella of being involved in the deals.

Capella said it was a lie meant to distract from Blanco’s own issues. In his Twitter account, Capella called Blanco “ignorant, corrupt and evil” and said that under the Ramirez administration from 2012 to 2018, the police fought the Reds with vigour.

Morelos, just south of Mexico City, was once known for its mild climate and as a quiet weekend getaway for Mexico City residents. But over the past two decades it has been plagued by kidnappings, extortion and murder.

A former star of the Mexican national soccer team, Blanco won the governorship of Morelos in 2018 after retiring from soccer. A photo from October of the same year shows him smiling and hugging three men, one of whom is under arrest and another killed in prison.

The third man is believed to be still alive and leading a gang called the “Tlahuica Command” which may have been involved in the 2019 murder of a community activist.

Mexico City’s El Sol newspaper claims the photo was found on the phone of another drug suspect.

Blanco attributed the photo to the dangers of being a former football star who would never refuse a fan a photoshoot.

“I took a lot of photos as a football player,” Blanco said. He recalled a time when he was seen in a photo with a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, noting “I didn’t even know who he was, but because I’m such a good guys, I take pictures with everyone.

Asked by reporters when and where the photo published this week was taken – it appears to be indoors, in an office or dining room – Blanco replied “I don’t know, I swear I don’t don’t even remember.”

“I take a lot of pictures (with people), and I’m not going to ask them, ‘hey, who are you and what do you do for a living?'” Blanco said.

“I’m going to keep taking pictures,” Blanco said defiantly. “Maybe others will come out.”

Blanco was previously mayor of the state capital, Cuernavaca. During his professional football career, he was known for his pugnacious and combative style. As governor, Blanco faced criticism for appointing former football associates to state positions.

Mexican governor says his predecessor made deals with gangs

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