Former Mexican officer who worked with US gets 8 years in corruption case

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SAN DIEGO — A former Mexican liaison officer who worked closely with U.S. law enforcement was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to passing on sensitive information to organized crime members in Tijuana, authorities said.

Jesus Quinonez Marquez, 51, former top liaison official for the Baja California attorney general’s office, was arrested in 2010 in an investigation targeting the remnants of the Arellano Felix drug cartel.

Quinonez, in his plea agreement, admitted he provided information to help crime bosses avoid arrest in a double homicide case in Tijuana. He also admitted to conspiring to launder $13 million in drug money. He was allegedly overheard in the wiretap investigation talking with a top lieutenant of Fernando Sanchez Arellano.

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