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Spain extradite Zetas cartel trafficker Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano to the U.S.

January 14, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Spain extradite Zetas cartel trafficker Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano to the U.S.

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Authorities in Spain have approved the extradition of Mexican drug trafficker Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano, also known as “El Mono,” to the United States, where he stands accused of crimes related to international narcotics trafficking.

The Spanish Council of Ministers agreed to extradite Muñoz Luévano, who is an alleged Los Zetas liaison in Europe, during a weekly meeting on Friday.

Spanish officials told Spanish newspaper El Pais, that the delivery of “El Mono” Muñoz to the U.S. where he faces drug trafficking charges, would be imminent.

Authorities in Spain arrested Muñoz Luévano in an affluent suburb of Madrid in March of 2016.

Two days after his apprehension, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas unsealed a federal indictment against Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano on multiple counts including:

– Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

– Conspiracy to Import with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

– Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance

– Possession with Intent to Distribute (Cocaine).

– Aiding and Abetting

– Money Laundering and Conspiracy to Possess Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking.

Additionally, the accused Zetas operator also maintained working ties with other drug trafficking organizations, including the Sinaloa cartel and the Beltrán Leyva Organization.

As JammedUp News previously reported, a probe by Spanish investigators uncovered evidence that “El Mono” Muñoz arranged the delivery of illicit cash to the Zetas leadership in Mexico City, which derived from a staggering $75 million cocaine deal in Europe that transpired over a 6-day period.

A surveillance operation by Spanish authorities picked up Juan Manuel Muñoz Luévano during a cocaine deal at a Marriott Hotel in the Netherlands in 2012.

Evidence also revealed Muñoz Luévano maintained an extensive network of corrupt Mexican politicians and police officials in the state of Coahuila.

Additionally, law enforcement officials said Muñoz Luévano ordered the execution of a Mexican prosecutor in the state of Coahuila, in addition to several assaults and kidnappings from his villa in Madrid.

The transnational organized crime figure will remain in a Spanish prison pending his transfer to U.S. custody, which could ensue in the coming days.

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