El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel took another major hit early Thursday as Mexican police captured the drug kingpin's chief financial officer.
Cops say Félix "El Vic" Beltrán was hiding in a ninth-floor apartment in a Mexico City building when he was captured.
Beltran is the son of Victor Manuel Félix Félix, “El Señor,” who served as Chapo’s chief financial officer and consiglieri until his detainment in 2011. According to authorities, “El Vic” served as his father’s successor, handling most of the cartel’s finances. Police say he was also in charge of the cartel’s money laundering operation, overlooked the cartel’s heroin production and export into the United States, and was regarded as a lieutenant for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s sons, Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar.
In 2015, the Treasury Department described Félix Beltrán as “a high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel trafficker.” That same year, the Northern District of Illinois charged him with drug trafficking and money laundering, charges from which he remained a fugitive until his apprehension today. It is believed that Félix Beltrán was the point man in the cartel’s distribution hubs in Chicago after the arrests of Pedro and Margarito Flores, also known as the Flores Brothers.
It remains uncertain if the Drug Enforcement Agency plans to extradite Félix Beltrán. Newsweek contacted the agency but did not get a response before publication.
Despite recent high-profile captures, the Sinaloa Cartel—and the rest of the Mexican drug producers—continue to reap major profits from exporting narcotics into the United States. On Wednesday, the DEA declared Mexico as the “primary source” of heroin for the U.S. market, with the Sinaloa Cartel leading the pack.
El Chapo himself remains imprisoned in the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he is awaiting trial next year on U.S. charges of drug trafficking and murder. He has already been found guilty of similar crimes in Mexico.
The Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), arrested Víctor Manuel Félix Beltrán, "El Vic", in the City of
Mexico identified as main financial operator "El Chapo Guzmán".
Félix Beltrán has already been admitted to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Delinquency Investigation Organized (SEIDO). He was in charge of financial operations, as well as 'laundering' the money obtained from drug trafficking in various modalities to the United States.
This person was responsible for the trafficking of heroin to the US by maintaining links with criminal organizations responsible for the production and transfer of narcotics in the entities of Guerrero and Jalisco.
"The Vic", a 30-year-old native of the state of Sinaloa, operated under the identity of Francisco Esparza Rangel to acquire property, vehicles and businesses; it also obtained various properties through various prestanomes.
Its main zones of mobility were Culiacan, Sinaloa; Zapopan, Jalisco and Mexico City.
He's a major player, the way he's outlined in those Chicago indictments, and very close to Los Chapitos, I think they are in a very vulnerable state, between Los Damaso's and Mini Lic giving info, and now this.
Here in the midwest you can pretty much find H anywhere. He may have been a bigger player, but definitely not the only one. Shit we used to have bricks come in on bus from Guerrero not so long ago and DEA watched it happen. I remember reading the article in the sun-times one day and a few days later noticed the same bus parked outside close to where I work in the Loop. Lol. No wonder its an epidemic out here.