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Alleged corrupt cop, 4 others linked to Mexican police chief killing

May 13, 2008 | 11:41 am

Mexico_killing_2 A police officer and four other people with suspected ties to a powerful drug cartel have been arrested in the assassination of Mexico's acting federal police chief, authorities said Monday. Read the Associated Press report here.

Photo: Edgar Millan Gomez, 42, slain Thursday at his Mexico City home, was the third-ranking member of Mexico's Public Safety Secretariat, which oversees law enforcement. (Omar Torres AFP/Getty Images)

If the police officer's arrest leads to a conviction, it would give further evidence of the high level of corruption within the Mexican police force, which has been known to work with, rather than against, Mexico's powerful drug cartels.

According to the Associated Press: "The three men and two women who have been arrested belonged to a criminal cell believed to be acting on the orders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to Gerardo Garay, the anti-drug coordinator for the federal police."

"The drug trafficking organization had been a key target of operations led by Edgar Millan Gomez, who was gunned down inside his Mexico City home last week."

Meanwhile, Hoy is reporting this morning that Joaquín "El chapo" Guzmán, the cousin of the alleged head of the so-called Sinaloa drug cartel, was captured yesterday in Culiacán.