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Mexican authorities announce plans to extradite recently captured Gulf Cartel leader

May 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities announce plans to extradite recently captured Gulf Cartel leader

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Authorities in Mexico have announced they will extradite Cleofas Alberto Martínez Gutiérrez, alias “El Guero Cleofas” identified as second in command of a Gulf Cartel (CDG) faction called Los Metros.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said the U.S. has submitted an official request for the extradition of Martínez Gutiérrez to the United States, where he is wanted for a litany of crimes including drug trafficking, conspiracy, and money laundering charges.

As JammedUp previously reported,  authorities nabbed the 31-year-old “El Guero” outside of Mexico City back on March 13th during an operation by Federal Police, the Office of International Affairs and Interpol.

According to Proceso Magazine, Martinez led criminal operations for the Gulf cartel, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, and murder on the northern border with the U.S.

Officials said he is also responsible for a recent wave of violence in the border city of Reynosa, where gun battles and blockades regularly occurred.

The capture of Martinez sparked massive shootouts with authorities in Tamaulipas border cities, resulting in nine cartel gunmen killed by elements of the Mexican Federal Police.

Since April, the Mexican military has launched concerted efforts to capture ranking Gulf Cartel leaders which have prompted countless firefights just south of Texas.

Last week, Marines had to call in air support to help contain a rolling shootout with cartel operatives. Military helicopters rained fire down on two SUV’s killing eight suspected Gulf cartel gunmen.

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