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Police arrest Sinaloa cartel operator and top lieutenant to ‘El Chapo’s’ sons

January 22, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest Sinaloa cartel operator and top lieutenant to ‘El Chapo’s’ sons

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Authorities in Mexico have captured five allege suspects who are key figures within the criminal structure of a Sinaloa cartel faction headed by the children of recently extradited Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said the five operators were captured during a joint raid by the military and local police forces in the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan on Wednesday evening, the day before ‘El Chapo’ was abruptly extradited to New York to face an indictment filed by prosecutors for the Eastern District Court of New York in Brooklyn.

Authorities said among the five suspects arrested during the raid includes 34-year-old Onesimus Mendez Covarrubias, also known as El Gallero, a top lieutenant for ‘El Chapo’s’ sons Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar and his brother Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, Radio Formula reported.

Guzman arrived in New York after he was extradited from Mexico on Thursday 

Officials say Covarrubias oversees criminal operations for the Guzman brothers, who are believed to have assumed positions within the leadership structure of the Sinaloa Federation drug cartel after the apprehension of their kingpin father back in January 2016.

Agents also arrested his brother 32-year-old Oscar Mendez Covarrubias, along with three other cartel operators. Both men, are wanted on a litany of organized crime-related charges including kidnapping and numerous homicides.

Additionally, authorities accuse the detainees of participating in October’s deadly ambush on a military convoy just north of Culiacan back on Sept 29th, which killed five soldiers and wounded ten others.

The suspects arrested including a top lieutenant for the sons of El Chapo 

Police recovered an during the operation which included several rifles and handguns. The arrests are considered the fist major blow against organized crime groups in the state under new governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel, who has implemented a new federal strategic initiative militarizing local forces to fight the criminal cartels in Sinaloa.

Both Guzman brothers along with ‘El Chapo’s’ longtime partner and leader of the Sinaloa cartel remain among the Mexican government’s 122 top security objective of most wanted criminals.

Moreover, like their father, the brothers and Zambada are sought for extradition requests for drug trafficking indictments in San Diego and Chicago.

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