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Mexican authorities capture woman known as financial operator for drug lord “Chapo” Guzman

February 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities capture woman known as financial operator for drug lord “Chapo” Guzman

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A woman described by U.S. authorities as the financial operator for Sinaloa drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested by security forces in Mexico.

Authorities confirmed the capture of 55-year-old Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia, also known as “La Patrona,” during an operation on Tuesday in Culiacan.

Valencia is the alleged money handler for the infamous drug lord and the sister to close Guzman associate Manuel Fernandez Valencia who currently sits in a U.S. prison.

Officials say Valencia has trafficked narcotics into the United States since the 1990’s.

According to Proceso, Valencia was arrested and subsequently jailed on drug trafficking charges in the state of California back in 1998.

Police officials said after her release from prison, she allegedly went right back to smuggling large quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States and sending proceeds back to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The Mexican Attorney General said the arrest of Valencia stems from an extensive gathering of intelligence that is part of the operation aimed at dismantling Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel.

Law enforcement sources said Fernandez Valencia was responsible for overseeing shipments of drugs from Asia, Central, and South Americas to Mexico and on to the U.S.

A written report released by Mexican federal police indicates that the U.S. government submitted a formal request to Mexico for the extradition of Fernandez Valencia in March of 2015. A few months later, the U.S. State Department sanctioned Valencia under the Kingpin Act and froze any assets she owned.

Mexican Marines recaptured Guzman on Jan 8th in the town of Los Mochis and is back in the same Altiplano maximum security prison, where he escaped from back in July, where he awaits extradition to the U.S. on multiple drug trafficking indictments.

His lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez recently told Univision that the drug lord would consider pleading guilty in the United States in exchange for avoiding having to serve his term in a supermax prison such as the ADX Florence facility in Colorado.

“My client is willing to accept his culpability for the charges that the United States. But I would seek assurances that he wouldn’t have to serve in a maximum-security prison where he would not have contact with other inmates or where he would not see sunlight for more than an hour a day,” said Rodriguez.

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