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Mexican authorities arrest financial operator for Sinaloa cartel

January 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest financial operator for Sinaloa cartel

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The Mexican Attorney General’s office confirmed the capture of a suspected cartel operative linked to the top leadership of the Sinaloa Federation, who is wanted for extradition by the United States government.

Authorities arrested Mauricio Sanchez Garza, who is the chief financial operator Juan Jose Esparragoza “El Azul” and the legendary narco fugitive, Raphael Caro Quintero in his home state of Jalisco.

A government spokesman said Garza is to be held in a Mexico City prison pending his immediate extradition to the U.S., where he faces an indictment on money laundering and extortion charges out of the Federal District Court in San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. authorities say, Sanchez Garza, along with his entire family including wife Hilda, her parents, and her brothers facilitated the laundering of illegal drug proceeds for Esparragoza Moreno and Rafael Caro Quintero, through the purchase of empty lots for the development of apartment complexes in San Antonio.

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According to MySA.com, Sanchez is also accused of orchestrating the kidnapping of a business partner’s brother because of a dispute over a movie script , which was a prequel to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” — prosecutors allege.

Quintero is known as the “Godfather” of the Mexican drug traffickers, who founded the now-defunct Guadalajara Cartel along with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, and Pedro Avilés Pérez.

He is allegedly responsible for the 1985 murder of DEA agent Enrique “KiKi” Camarena and remains wanted by the U.S. and Mexican governments.

Esparragoza Moreno is a former police officer and is the partner of Guzman, who was reported to have died of a heart attack in 2014 by Mexican media outlets. However, authorities in Mexico and the U.S. disputed the reports due to lack of evidence.

El Azul was the go-to facilitator for peace deals between rival Mexican cartels. Among his partners in the Sinaloa Cartel, including “Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Esparragoza maintained the lowest profile.

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