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Interpol in Mexico arrest key ally of Sinaloa cartel leader “El Mayo” Zambada

July 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Interpol in Mexico arrest key ally of Sinaloa cartel leader “El Mayo” Zambada

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Interpol in Mexico arrested a senior member of the Sinaloa Cartel who is the subject of an extradition request by U.S. authorities for drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced the capture of Heriberto Zazueta Godoy, known as ‘Capi Beto,’ who is described as a key ally of Ismael ‘El Mayo Zambada,’ one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel and partner of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

The PGR said in a statement that Zazueta Godoy is linked to the Sinaloa cartel who allegedly oversees the coordination of narcotics shipments to the United States.

According to Proceso, the arrest warrant against Godoy Zazueta was granted by the Tenth District Judge of Federal Criminal Proceedings, based in Mexico City in compliance with an extradition request submitted by the U.S. Embassy.

In May 2014, the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Capi Beto as one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel under the so-called Kingpin Act.

Later that year, U.S. prosecutors out of the for the Northern District of Illinois, unsealed an indictment, charging Godoy Zazueta along with Zambada with drug trafficking and money laundering.

The indictment accuses the alleged cartel member of coordinating a 2007 drug shipment that contained 19 tons of cocaine on board a Gatun boat that was intercepted in international waters off the coast of Panama.

The arrest of Godoy Zazueta is the second major blow to the Sinaloa cartel, specifically to ‘El Mayo’ Zambada in the last two months. As JammedUp previously reported, Mexican authorities arrested Ines Enrique Torres Acosta, identified as the head of security for Zambada back in May.

Officials said extradition proceedings have already initiated for Torres Acosta, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for an indictment on charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking.

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