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Mexico readies to extradite ‘El Cuini’ world’s richest drug lord to the United States

March 15, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico readies to extradite ‘El Cuini’ world’s richest drug lord to the United States

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The recently extradited Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, leader of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa Cartel may be considered the world’s most powerful drug lord. But Abigael González Valencia is certainly the world’s richest and he’s about to become the latest high-level drug baron to stand trial in the United States.

Government officials confirmed the Foreign Ministry had granted the extradition to the United States of the man known as ‘El Cuini’ on December 2016.

Authorities have identified Valencia along with his brother-in-law Nemesio Cervantes Oseguera better known as ‘El Mencho’ as the co-founders of the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), Milenio reported.

‘El Cuini’ is the subject of an extradition request to the United States, where he is wanted for a sweeping drug trafficking indictment in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia.

However, Valencia won’t be turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals until a decision is issued on an Amparo appeal he filed against his extradition.

Valencia, who heads Los Cuinis, the financial muscle of the CJNG filed the appeal in a Mexico City Federal Court immediately after the Foreign Ministry granted the extradition of the drug lord.

‘El Cuini’ was captured on March 28, 2015, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, during an operation carried out by the Mexican federal forces. At the time of his arrest, Valencia had offered soldiers a million dollar cash bribe for his release and three million not to have his face shown on T.V.

A Mexican federal judge issued a provisional arrest for the extradition of ‘El Cuini’ in April 2015 at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, on charges including organized crime, drug trafficking, kidnapping and money laundering.

Officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration say DEA officials say Abigael González Valencia made his fortune by cornering the European methamphetamine market.

Valencia obtained a definitive suspension, granted by the court 12 of District of Amparo, that temporarily prevented his extradition. However, he is expected to be deported to the U.S. within days of the final court decision.

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