Associated Press, 3/4/2010
Antonio Gonzalez insists he has no idea why he was among 12 Mexican mayors arrested last year in an unprecedented roundup of elected officials accused of protecting drug traffickers.
During his eight months in jail, he says, investigators told him only that he once had lunch with a man they claimed was a cartel member.
Now, Gonzalez and six other mayors are free for lack of evidence, embarrassing the government of President Felipe Calderon, which had set out to show Mexico that no politician would be immune in his U.S.-supported war with drug gangs.
Gonzalez, who is a member of Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, was among the first 10 mayors arrested in a stunning May 2008 operation mounted across the president’s home state of Michoacan.