Mexican police chief arrested in rancher's killing

June 7, 2011 - 8:28 PM

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in a southern Mexican state say they have arrested the police chief of a city near the Guatemala border for his alleged involvement in the killing of a rancher.

Prosecutors in Chiapas state are accusing 42-year-old Miguel Angel Pascasio Alvarez for helping a criminal group kill Pedro Fonz Ramos on May 23 for refusing to help smuggle cattle from Guatemala into Mexico.

Gunmen shot Fonz dead as he was leaving a small party in the Mexican city of Palenque, 557 miles (896 kilometers), southeast of Mexico City, officials said Tuesday. Prosecutors said Pascasio spied on Fonz and gave the information to organized criminals.

Soldiers also participated in Tuesday's arrest of Pascasio.