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Recordings Reveal Connection between Mexican Legislator and 'Familia'


Audio leaked to Mexican radio by the Federal Police reportedly captures a conversation between Servando Gómez Martínez, alias "La Tuta," a leader of the powerful criminal syndicate the Familia Michoacana and Mexican lawmaker Julio César Godoy Toscano in which Godoy assures Gómez protection from the law.

Throughout the conversation, Gómez repeatedly refers to Godoy as "friend" and "son," while Godoy calls Gómez "uncle."  Although Godoy enjoys legal immunity as part of his position as a federal deputy (a member of the lower legislative house in Mexico), the Attorney General’s Office has called for his impeachment, charging him with money laundering and sheltering the Familia from law enforcement officials.  Although Godoy maintains his innocence, leaders of his own party, the leftist PRD party have called for him to face the charges.  If true, the allegations serve as an alarming indicator of the Familia's level of political infiltration.

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