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Video captures the moment Colombian Police arrest key Los Zetas operator

January 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Video captures the moment Colombian Police arrest key Los Zetas operator

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Colombian National Police arrested a key member of the Los Zetas Cartel, identified as Irenaeus Sánchez Romero, who is wanted for extradition to the United States, earlier this week.

Colombian Authorities, assisted by US Drug Enforcement Agents and Interpol, detained Sánchez Romero, also known as ‘El Mexicano,’ at a commercial shopping center bar in the city of Medellin, Ricardo Restrepo, the director of National Police said in a statement.

‘El Mexicano’ stands accused of organizing and trafficking large shipments of cocaine to the United States, Proceso reported.

“He was the contact for the Zetas cartel, who negotiated cocaine deals with the Gulf Clan in Colombia,” Restrepo said in a statement.

The official also indicated that Sanchez would be extradited to the United States once all “legal requirements, were met.”

Restrepo said that the arrest of the Irenaeus Sánchez Romero is the latest indication that Mexican drug cartels still maintain strong ties with Colombian drug trafficking organizations who remain the primary suppliers of cocaine imported into the United States.

Colombian law enforcement officials say the Gulf Clan is considered the most powerful criminal gang in Colombia dedicated to drug trafficking.

The group consists of former members of the ultra-right paramilitaries who fought the leftist guerrillas’ during the Colombian conflict, which resulted in 220,000 dead over the course of four decades.

The Los Zetas cartel has been responsible for some of the worst atrocities in Mexican history including the massacres of Central American migrants between 2010 and 2011 in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, where a total of 265 people were killed.

Authorities have also attributed Los Zetas with the 2011 firebombing at a casino in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, in which 52 people died.

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