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SINALOA IN COLOMBIA: Two Wanted Sinaloa Cartel Operatives Arrested In Colombia

August 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
SINALOA IN COLOMBIA: Two Wanted Sinaloa Cartel Operatives Arrested In Colombia

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Two suspected Sinaloa drug cartel operatives were arrested in the Colombian Caribbean city of Cartagena by police officers working with Interpol, police spokesmen said.

Mexican nationals Osvaldo Contreras Arriaga and Omar Ayon Diaz who were the subjects of alerts issued by Interpol were arrested on Wednesday.

The suspects face drug and money laundering charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

“These two people were arrested at Rafael Nuñez International Airport when they tried to enter Cartagena accompanied by relatives from Panama and Mexico,” Cartagena Metropolitan Police commander Brig. Gen. Carlos Rodriguez told EFE.

The suspects “are wanted for laundering more than $45 million from smuggling drugs from Mexico into the United States,” the police chief said.

Contreras Arriaga and Ayon Diaz allegedly “handled large quantities of U.S. dollars using exchange offices in Mexico and other methods, such as electronic bank transfers via legitimate companies, later turning the funds over to Mexican drug traffickers,” Rodriguez said.

The two Sinaloa cartel members are wanted in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Colombia, Rodriguez said.

The Colombian Attorney General’s Office will start the process for extraditing the two suspects to the United States.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by Mexican officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and has large smuggling and distribution networks in South America, the United States and Europe.

The cartel is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, who escaped from a prison in central Mexico through a tunnel on July 11.

Guzman, who is considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, tops the list of Mexico’s most-wanted criminals and is on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia. EFE

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