Disarming police in Mexico
The Mexican army has confiscated guns from the entire police force of the town of Rosarito, near the Mexican border with the US.
Mexican authorities suspect that the town's police have been colluding with drug trafficking gangs.
Mexican troops carried out a similar crackdown in January on Tijuana police.
This is what happened after the Mexican government disarmed the Tijuana police the end of last year:
Police in the northern Mexican border city of Tijuana have had their guns returned, three weeks after they were all ordered to hand them in.
Mexican federal authorities confiscated the guns to check whether any had been used in drug crimes.
Some officers refused to go on patrol without their weapons, while others carried plastic catapults and marbles to protect themselves.
An official said it was not clear if any officers would face drugs charges.
The authorities' move was part of efforts to crack down on drug traffickers and suspected police collaboration.
The operation is part of tough measures introduced by new Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
The government has sent more than 3,000 soldiers and federal police to the Tijuana area to help fight drug trafficking and gang violence.
They confiscated the local force's weapons during investigations into allegations that some local officers had been involved in drug smuggling.
But Tijuana Public Safety Secretary Luis Javier Algorri said the move had endangered the city's police and residents. . . .
See my recent post here for what also was claimed to have happened when fewer police carried guns in England