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Mexico’s highest court greenlights extradition of cartel boss ‘El Chango Méndez’

February 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico’s highest court greenlights extradition of cartel boss ‘El Chango Méndez’

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The Supreme Court in Mexico has given the green light for the extradition of Jesus Méndez Vargas, alias ‘El Chango Méndez’ the former leader of La Familia Michoacana, after denying an appeal for protection against his deportation.

The high court’s decision ensures the delivery of Mendez to the U.S. where he faces charges of distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine between 2006 and 2011, in an indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Southern District.

Authorities arrested the leader of the criminal group on June 21, 2011, at a roadside checkpoint in the state of Aguascalientes. He later was convicted by a Mexican court of crimes including drug trafficking, extortion, bribing authorities for protection, and kidnapping.

The cartel leader pictured after his arrest back in 2010, will face trial in Manhattan 

In April of last year, a collegiate court had denied ‘El Chango Méndez’ an injunction challenging the constitutionality of the various articles within the International Extradition Act.

During Wednesday’s ruling, the first chamber of Mexico’s highest court rejected the arguments presented by attorneys for the cartel boss, who asserted that the International Extradition Law was unconstitutional, El Universal reported.

Moreover, the legal team also argued that the Mexican government failed to meet the 60-day guideline to execute the delivery of the drug lord from the date his extradition was first authorized in September 2014 and stated that their client should be released immediately.

‘El Chango’ will join  ‘El Chapo’  who was extradited to Brooklyn in January to face a 17-count criminal indictment

According to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mendez will immediately be made available to the U.S. Marshall’s for his subsequent transfer to New York City, where he will join fellow drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was extradited to the same city back on January 20th.

The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is currently housed in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. He will stand trial just across the East River in Brooklyn Federal Court on a 17-count indictment for running an ongoing criminal enterprise which engaged in the large-scale trafficking of narcotics into the United States, along with murder, kidnapping, bribery, and arms trafficking.

The transfer of ‘El Chango Méndez’ to the U.S. would mark the second time in less than a month Mexican authorities have extradited a top leader of La Familia Michoacana.

In January, Mendez’s predecessor, Arnoldo Rueda Medina, was extradited to Dallas to stand trial for a 2010 drug trafficking and money laundering indictment.

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