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Sinaloa Cartel top lieutenant wanted by U.S. authorities arrested in Mexico

June 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sinaloa Cartel top lieutenant wanted by U.S. authorities arrested in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY-The Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced the arrest of a top operator for the Sinaloa Cartel on Tuesday.

Federal Police, members of the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) along with Interpol Mexico arrested  40-year-old Hector Manuel Avendano Ojeda also known as “El Meno” in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan in compliance with an official extradition request submitted by the U.S. government.

According to the Mexican newspaper Proceso, authorities in the U.S. and Mexico have identified Avendano Ojeda as a top operator for the Sinaloa Cartel who is the subject of an extradition request out of the Federal Court in the District of Columbia, where he faces charges listed in a drug trafficking indictment.

U.S. officials say Avendano Ojeda along with his brother of Martin Avendano Ojeda Guadencio, are top lieutenants of drug kingpin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, oversee a drug distribution and money laundering network based in Culiacan, Mexico and also facilitates the trafficking of multi-ton quantities of drugs into the U.S.


In October 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Martin Guadencio, Hector Manuel and a third brother Sergio Avendaño Ojeda, along with two accomplices in Mexico, under the “Foreign Narcotics Kingpin” Designation Act.

“Today’s action aims to disrupt the ability of Avendano Ojeda’s drug distribution network and its money laundering businesses to generate funds for the Sinaloa Cartel,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin said during the announcement at the time.

“These actions build on Treasury’s ongoing efforts to identify and disrupt the financial pathways exploited by the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael Zambada Garcia, and his lieutenants.”

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office said in a statement: “The capture complies with a provisional arrest warrant for the extradition of Hector Manuel Avendano Ojeda, to the United States, where he is the subject of a drug trafficking indictment.”

Mexican law enforcement officials admitted Avendano Ojeda into the custody of a federal detention center and have initiated extradition proceedings, Proceso reported.

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