Mexico detains 24 members of suspected drug gang, including 11 Colombians, 1 American

Other News Materials 20 October 2008 02:23 (UTC +04:00)

Mexican police say they have arrested 11 Colombians, one American, two Mexicans and an Uruguayan who allegedly worked for a drug trafficking gang, the associated press reported.

The Public Safety Department says the suspects, including four women, were caught during a raid on a Mexico City safe house where police found weapons and a private zoo containing two tigers, two lions and other animals.

The alleged gang members were apparently holding a meeting or party at the house when the raid occurred, and nine Mexicans working as waiters and or disk jockeys were also briefly held and released.

The Department said on Sunday that the raid in an upscale suburb was carried out Saturday. Among those detained was Raul Munoz Montalvo, of Texas.