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Recent Narco-Terrorism In Mexico, Reactivates The Extraditions of the Great Cartel Capos

May 19, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Recent Narco-Terrorism In Mexico, Reactivates The Extraditions of the Great Cartel Capos

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The narco-terrorism violence in Jalisco has compelled the Government of Enrique Peno Nieto to reactivate the extraditions of the drug cartels top Capos to the United States.

One capo in particular, is a definite target to be handed over to American law enforcement for prosecution. Attorney General Arely Gomez confirmed the Mexican Government’s renewed intention to extradite Abigail Gonzalez Valencia, the leader of the Los Cuinis faction of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel.

The narco syndicate, who has openly challenged the State. The organization began its assault on the state in early April with a series of ambushes on security forces. It cultivated with the CJNG’s all out assault in the state of Jalisco in early May, which saw the downing of an Army helicopter, causing the deaths of nine soldiers.

Mexican Marines captured Valencia back in February 28th, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, a CJNG and Los Ciunis stronghold. U.S. and Mexican Law Enforcement officials believe he is not only the main financial operator for the Cartel in Guadalajara. But he is one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers, who has helped the CJNG transform the cartel from a regional gang to a world drug syndicate..

He goes by the nickname “El Cuini”, and is the brother in law of Nemesio Oseguera, the leader of the Jalisco Cartel.

Valencia has strategic partners throughout South America, including Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. With his South American partners, he has helped the cartel conquer the European market, which helped the CJNG gain substantial financial power.

The U.S. Treasury Department added Valencia to the Kingpin’s List in April, which prohibits any American citizen or business from conducting business.

“They will send him to the United States because the Mexican Government has not accused Gonzalez of any crime,” explained Javier Oliva, Professor at UNAM in Mexico, specializing in National Security.

Javier explained how Gomez changed the direction of the majority PRI Government in the first two years of the Pena Nieto administration, which diminished the number of cartel bosses extradited to the United States.

According to the Secretary of External Relations, a total of 133 people were extradited to the U.S. Out of that number, only 45 of those extradited North of the border were for crimes against health. (drug related crimes).

After Felipe Calderon had commenced his drug war, he realized he needed the Government to forge a stronger alliance with Washington. In November of 2009 law enforcement officials in many countries praised an agreement to streamline the extraditions, which produced immediate results. By the end of the Calderon administration’s term, he had extradited 498 people, matching the total number sent by his predecessor, Vincente Fox.

However, as the PRI political party swept into power, the strategy change. Under Jesus Murillo Karam, the first Attorney General of the Pena Nieto Government, the amount of extraditions reduced. In his two years, he sent 128 people to various countries, out of 198 requests for extradition.

Out of the 44 suspects indicted in United States Courts for drug trafficking, only one was considered a high-level capo. The Mexican authorities handed over custody of Ivan Valezquez Caballero, known as “El Taliban,”one of the leaders of Los Zetas to the American authorities in November 2013 in South Texas. The Justice Department indicted Caballero on 47 counts of drug trafficking charges.

The capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is the most significant capture by the Pena Nieto Government. Murillo Karam said on various occasions that Mexico prepared his extradition to the United States, which led his defense team to file several Amparo court petitions to stop the process.

However to date no official extradition order has been processed the United States. Many believe his presence in the country is still valuable.

“In this case, the amount of information the Sinaloa boss has kept him in Mexico, for now,” affirmed Oliva. But he adds it doesn’t mean he won’t be extradited at a later date.

The security expert believes that the porous prison system is another reason the number of Capos extradited could increase. The top bosses in prison still operate their crime groups through a vertical chain of command from prison by using Lawyers and family members who visit to send messages, which continue to impact the criminal world outside.

However, Oliva says that keeping the top Capos in the country does prevent remaining remnants from factional infighting.

“In the past six years the tendency to send the top underworld figures out of the country, accelerated internal power struggles within the groups. That is what happened with the Gulf Cartel after the extradition of Osiel Cardenas. His physical presence in Mexico could have had some influence over internal divisions and fractures,” Says Oliva

Servando Gomez, “La Tuta”, leader of the Knights Templar, was arrested in late February after living several years on the run.

The United States Department of Justice regards the former school teacher’s extradition as a strange honor. He is the first capo Indicted in 2009 with narco-terrorism. Configured in 2006 and used by the Justice Department against the Terrorist organizations

“If a petition from the Court of New York is served it will be a milestone,” says Oliva. “The criminal awaits a fork in the road. The Northern route would be historic. If he stays in Mexico, it would mean the Mexican Government keeps the information on the State with grave problems of security like Michoacán”. The Attorney General will decide his fate.

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