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Mexican authorities arrest son of ‘El Azul’ boss of the Sinaloa Cartel and partner of ‘El Chapo’

January 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest son of ‘El Azul’ boss of the Sinaloa Cartel and partner of ‘El Chapo’

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Authorities in Mexico arrested the son of infamous drug trafficker Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, also known as ‘El Azul,’ one of the three founding leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Federal sources confirmed to El Universal the arrest of 45-year-old Juan José Esparragoza Monzón, alias ‘El Negro,’ a high-level cartel operator and money launderer for the Sinaloa Federation.

Authorities arrested Esparragoza Monzón during an operation on Saturday in Culiacan, Mexico.

He is the son of ‘El Azul,’ one of the three founders of the Sinaloa Cartel, along with the recently extradited Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

During a press conference, National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia said the detainee is one of the 122 top security objectives wanted by the Mexican government who is considered a source of violence in the border cities of Mexicali and Tijuana.

Heredia said federal forces arrested ‘El Negro’ along with his bodyguard and recovered two high-powered assault rifles, telecommunication equipment, and packages of cocaine, Proceso reported.

Mexico and the United States authorities still have ‘El Azul’ on their most wanted list along with Zambada, despite widespread rumors of his death in 2014.

Mexican and U.S. law enforcement agencies have yet to confirm the drug lord’s death. Several intelligence reports indicate Esparragoza Monzon has assumed a more prominent role in the drug trafficking organization either due to his father’s death or poor health.

U.S. Treasury Dept. lists ‘El Azul’ as one of the top three figures within the Sinaloa Federation Cartel

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) is offering a reward of 30 million pesos for the capture of ‘El Azul,’ while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering $5 million for information leading to his arrest.

According to a report by Animal Politico, the detainee’s father, who is a respected figure in Mexico’s underworld, maintains a low profile within the Sinaloa cartel but has the role of being a ‘conciliator,’ often settling violent disputes between criminal cartels.

‘El Azul’ began his criminal career with his close friend Amado Carrillo Fuentes, aka ‘Lord of the Skies’ and founder of the Juarez Cartel, both working for legendary drug traffickers Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo and Rafael Caro Quintero, founders of the Guadalajara Cartel.

Additionally, records show that ‘El Azul’ was arrested three times and imprisoned from 1986 to 1993.

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