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Mexican authorities arrest member of New Generation drug cartel currently wanted in the U.S.

May 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest member of New Generation drug cartel currently wanted in the U.S.

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The National Safety Commission in Mexico has announced the arrest of Jose Pineda Arzate, alias“El Avispón”, or “The Hornet,” a key member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), Proceso Magazine reported.

Mexican officials say Pineda Arzate is the subject of an extradition request by U.S. authorities, where he is wanted for an indictment out of the Federal District Court of Georgia on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy.

According to Proceso, Pineda Arzate, who used the assumed alias’ Pepe Pineda and Ramón Ortega Uriarte, help founded the criminal group “Guerreros Unidos” and oversaw criminal operations within the state of Guerrero, located in the Tierra Caliente Region of Mexico.

However, authorities maintain Pineda-Arzate sought to expand his sphere of influence in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero in 2015, so he established his criminal base of operations in Jalisco after developing close ties with Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho,” the notorious CJNG leader and the most wanted drug trafficker in Mexico.

“An investigation conducted by the ministerial authority has revealed that  José Pineda Arzate and or Ramon Ortega Uriarte is responsible for the cultivation and harvesting poppy in the mountains of Guerrero,” officials said in a statement.

“Also, he stands accused of smuggling heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine from multiple states in Mexico into various parts of the United States, where he is wanted for alleged crimes related to drug trafficking,” the statement said.

Pineda Arzate was made available to the District Judge in Criminal Proceedings in Mexico City who will also initiate extradition proceedings.

Law enforcement officials widely believe the “Guerreros Unidos” were responsible for the disappearances of the 43 Ayotzinapa student teachers, who went missing after the buses they traveled on were intercepted by municipal police in the city of Iguala.

The investigation discovered that the 43 students had been handed over to members of the local Guerreros Unidos criminal organization and presumably killed.

Content translated by JammedUp News from Proceso Magazine

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