Huntington Park police officer convicted of stealing narcotics
A Huntington Park police officer once assigned to a federal drug trafficking task force has been convicted of conspiring to steal narcotics from drug dealers, extortion, and filing a false tax return, authorities said Wednesday.
Sgt. Alvaro Murillo, 45, was convicted by a federal court jury Tuesday afternoon and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Murillo, working with an undercover informant, orchestrated the theft of 5 kilos of cocaine in 2002 and 4 pounds of methamphetamine in 2006, authorities said. He also attempted to steal cocaine from an undercover Drug Enforcement agent posing as a drug dealer.
Murillo, who has been suspended from the police department since 2006, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 10 by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.
-- Scott Glover