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Mexico extradites La Familia Michoacana boss Arnoldo Rueda Medina ‘La Minisia’ to the U.S.

January 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico extradites La Familia Michoacana boss Arnoldo Rueda Medina ‘La Minisia’ to the U.S.

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Mexico’s government has ridden the country of yet another drug lord, with the extradition of Arnoldo Rueda Medina, a top boss of the La Familia Michoacana criminal organization to the United States on Friday, the third high-ranking cartel leader transferred to the U.S. in the past week.

The U.S. Justice Department and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced the extradition of Rueda-Medina, considered to be the chief of sicarios or hitmen who operated under the direct command of Nazario Moreno González ‘El Chayo,’ the former leader of the criminal organization.

Mexican officials said the cartel capo, who was arrested in 2009, was the subject of an extradition request by the US authorities.

Police escort Arnoldo Rueda, an alleged coordinator for the Mexican drug cartel known as, “La Familia,” during a presentation in Mexico City, Saturday, July 11, 2009.

According to a Justice Department press release, the 47-year-old Rueda-Medina, also known by several aliases including “La Minsa,” arrived in Dallas on Friday, where he is wanted for a criminal indictment in connection with his top leadership role in the La Familia Michoacana Mexican drug cartel.

U.S. Attorney John Parker for the Northern District of Texas said after arriving in the U.S., federal agents escorted Rueda-Medina to Dallas Federal Court where he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan.

Federal prosecutors charged Rueda-Medina and 13 other co-conspirators in a 2010 superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, along with one count of money laundering.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Archivaldo Guzman Loera is shown with an NYPD official in a photo provided to CNN from a law enforcement source on Jan. 19, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Treasury also sanctioned Rueda-Medina under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his involvement in drug trafficking in 2010.

Rueda Medina’s extradition comes in the wake of last week’s high-profile transfer of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to Brooklyn, New York, where he faces a 17-count criminal indictment on charges of drug trafficking, weapons, conspiracy, and money laundering.

In addition to Guzman, Mexican authorities also extradited Jesus Beltran Raul Leon, also known as ‘El Chuy-Raul,’ a high-ranking Sinaloa cartel operator and security chief for Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, the son of ‘El Chapo,’ to Chicago on Thursday.

Jesus Beltran Raul Leon, (right) who was security chief to Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, son of El Chapo, was also extradited to the U.S. earlier this week

As JammedUp News reported, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois charged ‘El Chuy-Raul’ in a sweeping indictment on mulriple counts including drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, and conspiracy.

The indictment also charges a dozen other co-conspirators, among whom are top figures within the Sinaloa Cartel leadership, including Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, his longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, and ‘El Chapo’s’ two sons Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar.

Mexican authorities have extradited 294 people to the United States during the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto and eight so far this year.

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