Interpol probes whether Mexico office leaked info

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Interpol is dispatching a special investigative team to determine whether any sensitive information was lost after the head of its Mexican office was detained on suspicion of illegal leaks.

A statement from Interpol in France says Mexican federal police official Ricardo Gutierrez Vargas ran the international police agency's National Central Bureau in Mexico, where he had access to a database on criminals and terrorists.

Mexican prosecutors say Gutierrez Vargas has been placed under house arrest as part of an investigation of law enforcement officers who allegedly leaked information to drug cartels.

Interpol said on Wednesday it will help assess Mexico's compliance on rules for information sharing.

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