Former Mexico soldier sentenced for aiding cartels

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 30, 2011 7:23 PM

MEXICO CITY, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A former soldier in the Mexican army was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aiding drug cartels, the attorney general's office said on Friday.

Reymundo Morales of the Mexican infantry was arrested two years ago and found guilty of passing information to drug cartels, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

Local media said that Morales and several colleagues in uniform were passing information about security operations to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, led by Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted man.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said he is determined to root out corruption among the security forces as they take on violent drug cartels in a battle that has left more than 46,000 people dead since he took office in 2006.

Few officials have been convicted for crimes to date, though early last month, fourteen soldiers were sentenced to jail for firing at a family group in 2007 in one of the more prominent cases of wrongdoing among the security services.

(Reporting by Patrick Rucker; Editing by Doina Chiacu)