Mexico's Top Drug Cop Assassinated

Cartel reportedly behind early-morning killing of Edgar Millan Gomez
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 5:10 PM CDT
Mexico's Top Drug Cop Assassinated
Edgar Millan Gomez was pursuing the Sinaloa drug cartel, which reports in Mexican newspapers linked to his assassination early today.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The official leading Mexico's anti-drug efforts was gunned down early this morning, the Los Angeles Times, shot eight times after arriving at his Mexico City home from work. Mexican outlets reported that the so-called Sinaloa cartel is behind the death of Edgar Millan Gomez, 42; he's the third high-ranking federal law-enforcement official shot in the capital in the past week.

"This morning, Mexico lost one of its most valuable men, a security professional who placed himself at the service of his country," the country's security minister said of Gomez, who, with a college degree and experience as a UN peacekeeper, was a symbol of President Felipe Calderon's reform efforts. One man, wearing gloves and carrying a silenced gun, was arrested at the scene. (More Edgar Millan Gomez stories.)

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