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Huntington Park police officer convicted of stealing narcotics

May 27, 2009 |  4:15 pm

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