Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mexican federal cop killer arrested

One of three Mexican Federal Police officers wanted by authorities in connection with the June 25 murders of three fellow officers at the Mexico City International Airport has been captured. Bogard Lugo de León was taken into custody today by Mexican military units, law enforcement officials said. He was arrested after an anonymous tip to police.

The three murder victims were working in an undercover capacity last month when they were allegedly shot by two other suspects whom Lugo commanded (Three dead in DF airport shooting). Lugo had been the subject of an intense national manhunt since June 28. The two other wanted officers remain at large, their whereabouts unknown (Mexico offers $5 million pesos for "traitor agents" in slaying of three fellow officers).

All three suspects are alleged to have been involved in an international drug smuggling ring which imported narcotics from Peru and sent them onto other countries, including the United States and Spain ("Narco Feds" operating out of Mexico City airport sent huge amount of drugs to U.S., Europe, aided by Mexican customs agents). Officials have said that other federal agents and departments may have been involved in the drug network, including the Aduana, which is Mexico's customs enforcement agency.

In his initial declaration before investigators, Lugo said that he had remained holed up in a rent by the day apartment in Mexico City since the day of the shootings, venturing out early in the morning to buy food. He said that he was ashamed for betraying his family and the Federal Police where he had worked for four years.


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