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Nebraska authorities arrest fugitive Sinaloa cartel lieutenant wanted in the U.S. for years

December 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Nebraska authorities arrest fugitive Sinaloa cartel lieutenant wanted in the U.S. for years

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Law enforcement officials in Nebraska announced the apprehension of 39-year-old Jesus R. Buena-Peregrina, a high-ranking Mexican drug cartel lieutenant who has been wanted by U.S. authorities for four years.

The Seward County Sheriff’s Office said the previously deported Arizona resident, who is identified as a lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested during a traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon.

According to The Journal Star, deputies made the arrest after receiving a tip from the Lancaster’s Sheriff’s Office that Buena-Peregrina would be traveling through the county.

Police pulled over the vehicle, which Buena-Peregrina was a passenger in, traveling westbound on Interstate 80.

Authorities say he is a member of the Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the biggest international drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime syndicate in the Western Hemisphere.


The alleged Sinaloa cartel operator was taken into custody along with a woman driving the vehicle, identified as 27-year-old Vanessa E. Lopez-Pena of Arizona.

The woman is being held on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony, The Journal Star reported.

Officers said Lopez-Pena attempted to conceal Buena-Peregrina’s identity, but refused to say how.

Police discovered fake IDs, including a passport, on Buena-Peregrina.

Sheriff’s officials alerted federal authorities after booking both subjects in the Seward County Jail.

Federal officials said Jesus R. Buena-Peregrina, a Mexican national, was deported for felonies in 2002 and again in 2005, after illegally crossing the border near Nogales, Arizona.

According to federal court documents, following his second deportation, he was convicted in absentia of dealing 20 kilos of cocaine as a member of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, which is a coalition of drug lords working together headed by jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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