Mexico Cop gets 10-year Sentence for Drug Ties

By: associated press
By: associated press
Drug bust McDuffie

Drugs, money and equipment confiscated in McDuffie County drug bust. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 16, 2011)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A former high-ranking federal police official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Mexico for helping the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The case of former regional police security coordinator Javier Herrera Valles had been a scandal and for some a cause celebre, in part because he was arrested after having publicly accused some of
his superiors of corruption or incompetence.

The Attorney General's Office said in a statement Tuesday that Herrera Valles had been convicted of organized crime charges for aiding the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's most powerful gang.

He was arrested in 2008, around the same time Mexico arrested a number of high-ranking officials for collaborating with drug cartels.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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