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Top drug boss wanted for extradition to the United States arrested in Sonora, Mexico

December 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Top drug boss wanted for extradition to the United States arrested in Sonora, Mexico

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An alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel (BLO) wanted for extradition to the United States, was arrested in Sonora, Mexico during an operation on Tuesday.

Mexican authorities announced the arrest of Rodolfo Lopez Ibarra, alias “El Nito Amavizca,” who is listed as number 12 on the Mexican government’s top 122 most wanted security objectives and is also sought by the United States government for an arrest warrant for a drug trafficking indictment.

Sonora officials said security forces arrested “El Nito Amavizca” after intercepting a late model armored SUV he was traveling in on a central street in the state capital of Hermosillo on Tuesday, Proceso reported.

Authorities recovered a .38 caliber firearm, more than 22 thousand dollars in cash, as well as cell phones and false identifications with different names.

Law enforcement officials said Lopez Ibarra tried to bribe the officers with $500 thousand dollars to let him go. However, when officers rejected his bribe, the brash cartel leader became belligerent and tried to intimidate the soldiers, even identifying himself as the leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel in Chiapas, Michoacán, Mexico City, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora and Baja California, as well as Guerrero, mainly in Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.

The Mexican Attorney General’s office highlighted López Ibarra’s lengthy criminal career: including an arrest in 2009 at the airport in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, after attending a christening with Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, the boss of the BLO who was killed in a shootout with Mexican Marines. He was also arrested in 2015 in the municipality of Hermosillo. Both offenses were for weapons possession for the exclusive use of the army.

Custody of the reputed narco-trafficker was transferred over to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) who will determine the corresponding procedures for the crimes of which he is accused of committing in Mexico and for the fulfillment of the provisional arrest warrant for extradition requested by the United States government.

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