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Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:02 - Updated Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:01

Gov. of drug-plagued Mexico state send kids abroad


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Culiacan — The governor of the cartel-plagued Mexican state of Sinaloa says his three children are living abroad for their safety.

Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez says police have overheard cartel members on radio frequencies discussing how to kidnap one of his relatives or close associates, in the hope of exchanging them for an arrested cartel operator.

The statement by Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez represents a rare admission of the personal dangers faced by governors in Mexico.

Sinaloa is considered the cradle of Mexico's most powerful drug cartel.

Lopez Valdez said Thursday his children live abroad as a security measure "to avoid having to mourn things," but did not specify where they were.