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2 federal police in Mexico airport drug ring identified

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have identified two federal police officers who shot dead three of their colleagues at Mexico City's international airport this week and say the shooters were part of a trafficking ring that flew in cocaine from Peru.

Luis Cardenas Palomino, the federal police's regional security chief, said Thursday that the slain officers were trying to arrest officer Zeferino Morales Franco at the food court of the airport's Terminal 2 when agent Daniel Cruz Garcia arrived and shot the arresting officers from behind.

Authorities are also looking for a third officer, Bogard Felipe Lugo de Leon, who is the suspects' supervisor and who abandoned his post at the airport shortly after the shooting, Palomino said. The three remain at large.

The government is offering a US$360,000 reward leading to the capture of the officers, who Palomino described as "traitors."

Photographs on Lugo's Facebook page show him holding a high-powered rifle and handguns, and posing in front of his patrol car or a federal police airplane. He also has photos of himself carrying a baby girl he identifies as his 7-month-old daughter.

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