June 12, 2011 in Nation/World

Cop killer gets 60 years

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY – A judge sentenced a man to 60 years in prison for the 2008 murder of Mexico’s acting federal police chief Edgar Millan Gomez, federal prosecutors said Saturday.

Alejandro Ramirez Baez was convicted of homicide and possessing restricted weapons, the Federal Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. A second man was sentenced to one year in prison for illegal arms possession. Both were found to be part of a cell of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, the statement said.

Millan, one of the highest-ranking police officials killed by drug cartels in recent years, was attacked in his Mexico City home in May 2008. The Sinaloa cartel had been a key target of operations led by Millan prior to his death.

Also Saturday, Mexican troops discovered almost 2 tons of methamphetamine stored in water tanks and buried in the ground in the northern state of Coahuila, the Defense Department said. Twenty-four pounds of heroin were found in the same spot after a patrol found dug-up earth in the municipality of Castanos, a Defense Department statement said.

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