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Mexican authorities transfer top cartel boss Dámaso López Núñez to prison facility near the Texas border

May 4, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities transfer top cartel boss Dámaso López Núñez to prison facility near the Texas border

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The Mexican Attorney General (PGR) has transferred recently captured drug lord Dámaso López Núñez aka ‘El Licenciado,’ to a maximum security detention center near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, PGR officials said López Núñez was admitted to the Cefereso 9 prison in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, located just across the border from El Paso, Texas on a litany of organized crime charges, Proceso reported.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor for Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO), said the arrest of López Núñez was made in pursuant to warrants issued in Mexico City and in the state of Jalisco charging him with a litany of organized crime and drug trafficking offenses.

Dámaso López, ‘El Licenciado,’ leaves the place where he was captured in the CDMX. Photo: Xinhua / Fernando Ramírez

López Núñez will remain at the facility under heavy security protocol, which is the same prison where his former boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was housed before being extradited to the United States back on January 19th.

The maximum security detention center also houses the ruthless Miguel Angel Trevino, alias ‘Z40,’ the leader of the ruthless Los Zetas criminal organization.

As JammedUp News previously reported, ‘El Licenciado’ which is a reference to his college education, was captured during a raid in Nueva Anzures, an affluent neighborhood located just outside Mexico City on Tuesday.

In addition to the charges, Mexican officials have initiated extradition proceedings against the Sinaloa Cartel leader to the United States, where he is wanted for an arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Dámaso López Núñez was named in a 2011 indictment, unsealed in 2013, charging him with conspiring to distribute cocaine and money laundering offenses.

As the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel faction, Los Damaso, López Núñez launched an all-out war for control of the criminal organization following Guzman’s extradition to New York, which resulted in a wave of violence to erupt in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.

After his arrest, government officials revealed intelligence allegedly indicating that López Núñez was in the midst of transforming the entire Mexican organized crime landscape by partnering with the rival Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) Cartel to contest the organization’s leadership against the children of Joaquín Guzmán, and his longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

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