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Mexican drug trafficker dies while in U.S. custody from apparent suicide

July 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug trafficker dies while in U.S. custody from apparent suicide

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Officials have confirmed the death of a leading figure of a Mexican drug trafficking organization, who was in federal U.S. custody, in what is being called an apparent suicide.

The body of 53-year-old Ramon Valencia Morfín was found in his cell at the Willacy County Detention Center with fatal wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted, Breitbart News reported.

Federal authorities said Valencia-Morfin was the leader of the leader of a massive drug ring operating in South Texas.

Authorities captured Morfin and five of his co-conspirators on June 22nd as part of a 22-count federal drug trafficking indictment. Officials said additional defendants charged in the case remain at-large.

U.S. prosecutors charged Morfin with one count of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering conspiracy.

According to court documents, Morfin, who is originally from Michoacan and was in the U.S. illegally, made an appearance in court just last week where he was officially notified of additional charges as part of a superseding indictment. He was scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge for a detention hearing on Monday.

The criminal indictment didn’t specify which cartel Morfin worked for and only indicated that he led a group that has been operating since 2009.

Federal authorities were attempting to seize various properties Morfin owned in the South Texas area in addition to $1.5 million in cash at the time of his death.

The Office of the Mexican Consular, which provides consular protection services in Texas, confirmed the death of Valencia Morfin and said efforts were being made to notify relatives in Michoacan.

“We know he died at 14:30, that is the information we have been able to get at the moment, we are waiting for authorities to notify us with the official cause of death,” said Mexican Consular official Vanessa Yocelin Ortega De La Parra.

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