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Several top Sinaloa Cartel figures including son of ‘El Azul’ escape from Mexican prison

March 17, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Several top Sinaloa Cartel figures including son of ‘El Azul’ escape from Mexican prison

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The recently captured son of an infamous drug lord, who is wanted by for extradition to the United States, has escaped from a prison in Culiacan, Mexico along with several high ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel

Within two months of his arrest, Juan José Esparragoza Monzón, ‘El Negro’ escaped from the Center for the Execution of the Legal Consequences of Crime (Cecjude) in Culiacan, Sinaloa, where he was awaiting his extradition to the United States.

The undersecretary of State Public Security, Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillas confirmed that ‘el Negro’ escaped from the prison along with high-ranking Sinaloa cartel operators’ including the recently detained Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, alias Pancho Chimal, the head of assassins for Ivan Archivaldo  Guzman and top hitman Cristian Espinoza Rueda, alias ‘El 300’,’

Monzón is the son of Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, ‘El Azul,’ one of the founding members of the Sinaloa Cartel, along with the recently extradited Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

Among the other high-profile cartel figures to escape includes Jesus Peña González, alias El 20 or El Peña, and Alfonso Limón Sánchez, “Nacho” Fernández, top operators of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, and Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, El Changuito Anthrax, leader of the assassins group known as Los Antrax, who was also awaiting extradition to the United States.

The events occurred around noon on Thursday when security elements of Cecjude noticed the absence of the son of Juan José Esparragoza Moreno and the other fugitives and immediately activated the alarm codes, requesting assistance from all three levels of government.

Authorities immediately mobilized a search operation in the vicinity of the prison but failed to locate the high-ranking cartel operative.

Juan José Esparragoza Monzón, ‘El Negro’ (left) is the son of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin ‘El Azul’

So far, officials have not released details of the escape, according to the Culiacan-based newspaper Ríodoce.

The son of El Azul was arrested with weapons and drugs on January 19th, near the village of Tacuichamona, in a joint operation of the Ministry of the Navy and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

The drug trafficker is singled out for coordinating a drug distribution network and managing the financial resources of the Sinaloa Cartel through companies in Baja California, Jalisco, Querétaro, and Sinaloa. He is also accused of criminal association and kidnapping.

Last February, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office announced that it had obtained a provisional arrest warrant from a Mexico City Court for the extradition of Esparragoza Monzón, who is sought by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), for a pair of sweeping indictments out of the Federal District Courts of West Texas and Central California on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

The son of ‘El Azul’ one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped a prison in Culiacan on Thursday.

“The son of El Azul was being sought for drug trafficking, and we do not know if Mexico wanted to prosecute him, but we do know that he was wanted for prosecution in the U.S.,” the United States Department of Justice confirmed.

“A few days after his capture, about one hundred elements of the Federal Police implemented a security operation around the area of Cecjude to prevent El Negro from fleeing, but this morning he mocked authorities without anyone noticing,” a source told Proceso.

Despite numerous reports of his death, ‘El Azul’ is still the subject of a 30 million pesos reward by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and $5 million by the FBI for information leading to his arrest.

The jailbreak is just the latest embarrassing episode for the Mexican government, which was left red-faced following the escape Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who fled a maximum security detention center located west of Mexico City in July 2015, through a 1.5-mile dugout tunnel, which led directly to the shower stall of his jail cell.

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