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Italian authorities detain top Sinaloa cartel operative boarding flight in Milan

May 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Italian authorities detain top Sinaloa cartel operative boarding flight in Milan

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Italian authorities have detained a top international narcotics trafficker at Milan airport on Monday, who is the subject of an arrest warrant in the United States.

Law enforcement officials in Italy announced the arrest of 42-year-old Mexican national Julio César Olivas Félix as he attempted to board a flight destined for Spain at Milan’s Malpensa airport on Monday.

According to Proceso, U.S. Prosecutors had sought the extradition of Felix Olivas, who is identified as a top figure in the Sinaloa cartel on charges listed in a drug trafficking indictment out of a federal district court in Texas.

Officials said Felix Olivas was intercepted by members of the Italian Police anti-crime unit.

The capture of the cartel capo was managed in collaboration with the office of Interpol in the United States who suspected that the capo was in Europe.

U.S. authorities came across intelligence detecting the presence of Felix Olivas in the province of Brianza, north of Milan and garnered suspicions that he sought to travel to Spain.

Felix Olivas faces drug trafficking charges including importing large quantities of cocaine from Guatemala to Mexico and into the United States.

More specifically, he is alleged to have organized a half-ton shipment of narcotics to the United States in the early part of 2016.

Following his arrest, U.S. and Italian law enforcement officials immediately initiated extradition proceedings for Olivas Felix to the United States.

His apprehension is the latest blow to the Sinaloa Cartel, who have seen several top figures captured in recent months including the arrest of the criminal organization’s top boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman back in January.

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