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Police officer arrested in assassination

May 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A police officer and four other suspects with ties to a powerful drug cartel have been arrested in the assassination of Mexico's acting federal police chief, authorities said.

The three men and two women belonged to a cell acting on the orders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, said Gerardo Garay, the anti-drug coordinator for the federal police. Police captured all five suspects hours after the Thursday assassination of Edgar Millan Gomez.

Garay said the group was led by Jose Antonio Montes Garfias, a federal police officer who had been assigned to a unit in the northern state of Sinaloa, but was on medical leave and never reported to work.

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