Six high-ranking Mexican narcos extradited to the U.S. in a single week
The Mexican government extradited six high-level Mexican narcos to the US last week. They were linked to the Tijuana, Sinaloa, Los Zetas and Beltrán Leyva cartels. Some were implicated in multiple murders.
The extradited were: Gustavo Rivera Martínez ("Carlos Herrera Ávalos" or "El P1"); José Odilón Ramírez Perales; Mario Núñez Meza ("M10); Juan Carlos Juárez Torres; Francisco Hernández García ("El 2000" or "El Panchillo"), and José María Guizar Valencia ("El Z43").
Mexican authorities indicated that the delivery took place last week, when Ismael Zambada Imperial ("El Mayito Gordo"), son of the lord Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was handed over to the US authorities.
Gustavo Rivera Martínez was a close enforcer of the Arellano Felix brothers and in charge of the cartel's finances, as well as being one of the chief hitmen of the Tijuana Cartel. After the arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Félix ("El Tigrillo") and Arturo Villarreal ("El Nalgón") in 2006, Rivera took control of the cells headed by Diego García Simental "(El Teo"), and Jorge Briceño ("El Cholo"). In 2008, the federal government ordered the immediate expulsion of Rivera to the US, he managed to be imprisoned at Altiplano prison hours after his arrested after he issued a legal motion where he claimed to be a Mexican national. There is a pending arrest warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for introducing cocaine and marijuana.
José Odilón Ramírez was captured in 2012 in Coahuila. He was in charge of receiving and laundering millions of dollars from Los Zetas. The money was owned by the brothers Miguel Ángel and Omar Treviño Morales, El Z40 and El Z42. Another of those arrested in that operation was Ismael López, who collected the money from Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo and sent it to Odilón Ramírez to be laundered in Coahuila.
In 2018, the National Security Commission captured José María Guizar Valencia ("El Z43"), considered a historical leader of Los Zetas and one of the drug lords who allegedly went to a narco-summit in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in 2014 to negotiate a map reconfiguration of drug routes in Mexico. Guizar was arrested in Mexico City. He was one of the 122 priority objectives of the Mexican government. In the US, he was charged with coordinating drug trafficking operations from South America to Mexico and the US. There was a US$5 million bounty for his arrest and/or conviction.
Mario Núñez Meza ("M10") was arrested in 2013. He was close to El Chapo Guzmán. He is linked to the murder of more than 350 people in Durango. These people were later found in clandestine mass graves across the state. He is also linked to the killing of three anti-kidnapping agents of the Chihuahua Prosecutor's Office and related to 30 previous inquiries.
In 2016, Francisco Javier Hernández García, "El 2000" or "El Panchillo", was arrested in Guasave, Sinaloa, after the arrest of capo Héctor Beltrán Leyva. He was a high-ranking Beltrán Leyva Cartel figure. The 2000 was investigated since 2005 by the disappearance of the journalist Alfredo Jiménez. He is also identified as being responsible for having established alliances with Los Zetas to face other cartels. In 2005, the brothers Arturo and Héctor Beltrán Leyva appointed him as operator for the transfer of drugs in Sonora, which is how he took control of various operating groups in Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí and Coahuila.
Mexico asks for a return favor
The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Alfonso Durazo, demanded that the US government join forces to "permanently and without bargaining" help reduce arms smuggling to Mexico. He said that fighting arms trafficking is in the interest of the Americans themselves because these weapons, in addition to putting advantage of organized crime, strengthens organizations that threaten US society.
He affirmed that although it is the responsibility of Mexico to seal the points through which they enter, it is also true that the criminal networks that introduce them are transnational in nature and from this derives the demand the Mexican government makes to the US to join their effort in a permanent, consistent, and broad strategy to reduce arms trafficking.
Re: Six high-ranking Mexican narcos extradited to the U.S. in a single week
Great! I love these raw stories with info / pictures that were unknown to most of our audience. Thanks for getting Agent Duncan on the main page.
I wonder if the Tijuana-based Zeta weekly has print archives researchers can access to learn more about Rivera or his era. Some newspapers don’t let people read archives in person anymore, and I won’t be surprised if Zeta doesn’t because they wrote a lot of sensitive information about the CAF. Maybe Mr. Duncan knows more about this matter.