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September 3, 2014

Sinaloa Cartel Bodyguard Sentenced to Federal Prison for Murder

In El Paso, 29-year-old Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre, an admitted drug trafficker and former bodyguard for Sinaloa narcotrafficker Gabino Salas-Valenciano (aka “El Ingeniero”), was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison and fined $5,000 for murdering a member of his drug trafficking organization announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, El Paso Division, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

On May 16, 2014, the third day of his trial on federal drug and firearms charges, Ruiz-Alatorre pleaded guilty to one count of murder resulting from the use or carrying of firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. By pleading guilty, Ruiz admitted to trafficking over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in both the Western District of Texas and the District of New Mexico from 2002 to 2006; and, while in Albuquerque, NM, in July 2006, he shot and killed Roswell, NM, resident Fermin Rodriguez-Gonzalez to facilitate his narcotics trafficking operation and to prevent Rodriguez-Gonzalez from providing law enforcement with details of Ruiz’ narcotics trafficking activities.

This joint investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) together with the United States Border Patrol (USBP), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bernalillo County (NM) Sheriff’s Office.

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