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Drug trafficker, bodyguard pleads guilty to murdering informant

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EL PASO, Tex. — A 32-year-old drug dealer, and former bodyguard of an infamous narcotrafficker, pleaded guilty to murdering a police informant Friday.

Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre, a Mexican citizen living in Denver, admitted to killing a member of his drug trafficking organization, said US Justice Department spokesman Pao Daryl Fields.

He faces a maximum sentence of 28 years in prison.

Friday was the third day of his trial on federal drug and firearms charges.

Ruiz-Alatorre is an admitted drug trafficker and
former bodyguard for Sinaloa narcotrafficker Gabino Salas-Valenciano (aka “El Ingeniero”).

Ruiz admitted to trafficking over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in both Texas and New Mexico from 2002 to 2006.

While in Albuquerque in July 2006, he shot and killed Fermin Rodriguez-Gonzalez, who was about to give law enforcement there information about Ruiz-Alatorre’s narcotics operation, Fields said.