Mexico replaces customs staff

MEXICO CITY (AP) - August 16, 2009 The government has sent soldiers to airports and border crossings across the country to take back the guns issued to the inspectors.

Tax Administration Service spokesman Pedro Canabal says the officers were not fired. Instead, the agency decided not to rehire them when their contracts expired over the weekend.

They were replaced with 1,400 newly hired agents who have undergone months of training and background checks to ensure they have no criminal records.

Canabal spoke Sunday to The Associated Press.

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