Antonio “Jaguar” Marrufo, a high-ranking Sinaloa cartel member — and one of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s most notorious hitmen — has been extradited to the US from Mexico to face federal racketeering charges, according to officials.
His extradition was announced Tuesday night in a press release issued by the Department of Justice. He will be standing trial in Texas after being charged in the same April 2012 RICO indictment that Guzman was named in — alleging conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug distribution.
“The FBI El Paso Division is pleased with Mexico’s efforts to bring to justice a leader from one of the most violent criminal enterprises that has terrorized the El Paso and Juarez area,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. “The cooperation between our two countries’ law enforcement agencies is a powerful force in disrupting the Sinaloa Cartel Organization’s criminal activities that instill fear and threaten the safety of our citizens.”
Among the other Sinaloa cartel members who got charged in 2012 was Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, Guzman’s alleged at-large partner. He and everyone else named in the indictment allegedly worked together to kidnap, torture and murder those who stood in the cartel’s way.
“No one person, community or country should endure the brutality described in these charges,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Boshek. “The cooperation between US and Mexican officials sends a clear message of our collaborative commitment to investigate and prosecute members of these criminal organizations.”
Marrufo had been sitting in jail in Mexico before getting extradited Tuesday. In the 2012 indictment, he is accused of two specific acts of violence. They include the ordering of a kidnapping in Horizon City, Texas, in September 2009 and conspiring to kidnap and murder an El Paso resident and two of his family members in May 2010.
“Specifically, Torres Marrufo ordered the kidnapping of the victim to answer for the loss of a 670-pound load of marijuana seized by Border Patrol at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on Aug. 5, 2009,” the indictment says. “After the kidnapping, the victim was taken to Juarez where Torres Marrufo interrogated him and ordered that he be killed. On Sept. 8, 2009, the victim’s mutilated body was discovered in Juarez.”
In 2010, Marrufo allegedly ordered an individual in El Paso to travel to a wedding ceremony in Juarez so he could confirm the identity of a “target.” The target was the groom — a US citizen and resident of Columbus, New Mexico.
“Under Torres Marrufo’s orders, the groom, his brother and his uncle were all kidnapped during the wedding ceremony and subsequently tortured and murdered,” the indictment says. “Their bodies were discovered by Juarez police a few days later in the bed of an abandoned pickup truck. Additionally, a fourth person was killed during the kidnapping at the wedding ceremony.”
Marrufo faces up to life in prison, if convicted. His name was brought up during El Chapo’s federal trial in New York earlier this year — with a witness claiming that he kept a soundproof murder room.
“He took me once to a house, where the floor was just white, tiled,” said cartel snitch Edgar Galvan. “That’s where he killed people.”
The investigation into Marrufo ultimately led to the seizure of “hundreds of kilograms of cocaine,” according to federal officials. “Millions of dollars in drug proceeds” and “hundreds of weapons” were also seized.
“Through close and sustained cooperation with our partners in Mexico, we are bringing cartel leaders to justice,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Kyle Williamson. “This extradition sends a message to those leaders that we will relentlessly pursue them, no matter where they are or how long it takes.”
Re: Antonio “Jaguar” Marrufo extradited to the US Tuesday night
If you recall Edgar Ivan Galvan testified against Chapo. It's a no brainer he will be the main witness against Jaguar. Here are some of the notes from the forum, when he testified on 1/7/19 at the Chapo trial.
-He pleaded guilty to running drugs and guns across the US border for the Sinaloa cartel.
-Galvan said his life of crime began after his divorce in 2003 when he started hanging out in nightclubs in Ciudad Juarez.
-He became "party friends" with a guy in his apartment complex, Antonio Marrufo.
-Marrufo, "el Jaguar", ran the pot trade in Juarez for a cartel called La Linea.
-In 2007, meeting Galvan again, Jaguar now boasts Chapo had just put him in charge of "cleaning Juarez" of all La Linea people.
-Chapo wanted control of Juarez. It was "personal," Galvan said.
-According to Jaguar, Chapo said that "by his balls" he was going to take Juarez.
-Why had Jaguar, who once worked for La Linea, taken a job as Chapo's chief killer eliminating La Linea?
-Galvan said that Jaguar had been kidnapped in 2005 by a guy named JL, who worked for Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, a La Linea leader. He wanted revenge against the group.
-Jaguar and Chapo now had the same enemy, Carrillo Fuentes.
-Chapo wanted the Juarez Cartel's lucrative crossing routes.
-Trying to recruit Galvan, Jaguar warned him not to go to Juarez because things "were going to get really ugly."
Thanks for posting. I vividly remember that wedding kidnapping El Jaguar was involved it. It was all over the the TV for a day or two. That's when Ciudad Juárez's violence had exploded and no one really knew what the hell was going on.
The U.S. citizen kidnapped and found dead on 9 September 2009 was Sergio Saucedo. He was a Horizon City resident (14327 Desert Sunset Drive). I don't remember reading about him when the murder occurred. But it seems like this incident highlighted the growing problem of U.S.-born hitmen employed by El Chapo, those who killed in Ciudad Juárez during the day and slept comfortably in El Paso at night.
This crash-test dummy was the one receiving all the guns from the U.S.A via Obama’s plan to arm the Sinaloa Cartel with the “Fast & Furious” program. The room full of high powered assault riffles and ammunition was astonishing.