Published November 20, 2014
A former Mexican law enforcement official has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to aiding members of a violent Tijuana-based drug cartel, including helping traffickers get away with a double homicide in 2010.
Jesus Quinonez pleaded guilty Tuesday in San Diego to participating in a racketeering conspiracy.
Quinonez worked as international liaison for the Baja California state attorney general's office. He worked closely with U.S. officials and was accused of sharing confidential information with traffickers.
Prosecutors say Quinonez helped cartel members working for drug kingpin Fernando Sanchez Arellano in Tijuana, across from San Diego.
In his plea, he also admitted to conspiring to launder $13 million dollars for the ring.
His conviction marks the 38th among 43 defendants named in the federal racketeering complaint alleging murder, kidnapping and other crimes.