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Top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel wanted in the U.S. arrested by Mexican authorities

July 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel wanted in the U.S. arrested by Mexican authorities

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Authorities in Mexico have arrested a top drug trafficker for the Sinaloa Cartel, who is the subject of an official extradition request by U.S. authorities.

Federal police arrested Humberto René Mandujano Eudave, a reputed leader of the Sinaloa cartel led by Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo” Guzman, on Friday morning in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, El Debate reported.

He is the brother of Antonio Mandujano Eudave, who was detained in Spain back in September 2014 and was subsequently extradited to the United States. Officials said both men also operated successful tuna businesses out of the resort town of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

In a statement issued by the Mexican Attorney General Office (PGR), Rene Humberto was captured by elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) and Interpol in Mexico “in pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant for extradition, issued by the Second District Court of Criminal Proceedings in Mexico City.”

Officials didn’t indicate a reason as to why the drug trafficker was in the Northern border region or if anyone else was arrested in the operation

The capture of the high ranking cartel figure coincides with last week’s arrest of Manuel Avendaño, alias “El Meño,” another top Sinaloa cartel operative who was nabbed in Mexico City last week.

The PGR confirmed, “René Mandujano and Avendaño are related, and both considered top leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.”

“The subject has been linked to a criminal organization operating in the state of Sinaloa responsible for receiving, negotiating and coordinating cocaine shipments and are sought by U.S. authorities for a criminal indictment by the Federal Court of the District of Columbia,” the statement read.

The indictment accuses René Mandujano of leading a Sinaloa cartel faction, credited with using a tuna fleet to introduce hundreds of tons of cocaine to Europe and the United States.

U.S. prosecutors say René Mandujano and his brother are believed to have coordinated the shipments of 148 thousand kilos of cocaine from Colombia and Mexico into the U.S. between 2004 and 2009.

Furthermore, Humberto Mandujano was also listed as the owner of the same Miramar Condominiums, in Mazatlán, the location where Mexican Marines arrested Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman back in February 2014.

“With these actions, the Attorney General’s Office reiterates its efforts to abate the impunity, reinforcing the close collaboration between Mexico and the government of the United States of America in the fight against organized crime, and preventing the country from becoming a refuge for fugitives from justice,” the AG’s statement read.

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