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Baja state official allegedly worked on both sides of the law

July 27, 2010 |  2:36 pm

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A high-ranking law enforcement official in Baja California state was among 43 people charged last week in a sting against Tijuana drug traffickers operating in the San Diego area. Jesus Quinones Marques, arrested during a traffic stop in San Diego last Thursday, had been director of the international liaison office for the Baja California attorney general's office. The charges mean Quinones was allegedly working for the traffickers while he was supposed to be providing information to U.S. investigators.

Richard Marosi has more in The Times here and here. "Quinones seemed like a cooperative and professional liaison officer, according to U.S. liaison officers, but some said they are never surprised when their counterparts turn out to be corrupt," Marosi writes.

"Liaison officers usually limit conversations related to sensitive investigations."

-- Daniel Hernandez in San Diego

Photo: Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for San Diego, holding the unsealed indictment against Tijuana drug traffickers working in San Diego. Credit: Associated Press via San Diego Union-Tribune