Two army generals were questioned by prosecutors about possible links to drug cartels, a source in the Mexican Attorney General's Office told Efe.

Retired Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare - a former deputy defense secretary - and Brig. Gen. Roberto Dawe Gonzalez, were detained Tuesday and taken to the AG's office.

Prosecutors are expected to decide by next Monday whether to formally charge the men, the source said.

Mexico's defense department issued a statement insisting that any military personnel who commit offenses will be handled in "strict compliance with the law. Without regard to rank, post or commission, be they on active duty or in retirement."

Angeles Dauahare was replaced as deputy defense secretary in 2008 under murky circumstances.

After having been touted two years earlier as a potential future defense chief, he left office with no explanation.