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Feds arrest American accused of being top arms supplier of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

May 17, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds arrest American accused of being top arms supplier of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

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U.S. authorities have arrested an American citizen identified as one of the main arms dealers for imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Habib Sayb Mujica, a purported member of the Sinaloa cartel, was detained by U.S. authorities after he was released from a prison in Mexico, where he has remained since 2011 for weapons trafficking.

According to Zeta, Mexico deported the 35-year-old Mujica on Sunday to the U.S., where he was immediately arrested by federal authorities in California

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of California indicted Mujica for various arms-trafficking offenses in 2011.

The federal indictment accuses Habib Sayb Mujica, a native of Calexico, California, of providing weapons and tactical gear such as pomegranate helmets and bullet-proof vests to Sinaloa Cartel operatives.

The arms trafficker allegedly provided the Sinaloa Cartel parts for the manufacturing of live grenades

The American citizen was detained in Mexicali in August 2011 by Mexican Federal Police for the trafficking of grenades and other armaments from the United States to Mexico.

In April 2011, prosecutors say Mujica allegedly retrieved firearms and grenade components, along with ballistic vests and other weapons-related items from a storage locker in Imperial County and delivered them to two cartel operatives on the border near the Calexico Port of Entry.

The two men who retrieved the weapons were arrested that same day in possession of 33 AR-15-style lower receivers, 194 grenade hulls, 193 grenade-fuse assemblies and eight ballistic vests.

Justice Department officials said the American appeared in San Diego Federal Court on Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to international weapons trafficking charges.

Federal District Court Judge Andrew Schopler has scheduled preliminary hearings to begin on Wednesday, May 17th, to review the conditions of Mujica’s detention.

Following his arrest, Habib Sayd reportedly provided information that helped Mexican authorities arrest Jean Baptiste Kingery, another U.S. citizen who was one of the top arms traffickers serving Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Jean Baptiste Kingery, the Sinaloa Cartel’s top arms supplier was extradited to the U.S. in September 2015

According to a report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office, Kingery was at the center of a sinister gun-walking scandal similar to “Operation Fast and Furious” in which ATF and Justice Department officials allowed thousands of firearms to enter Mexico unimpeded.

Kingery reportedly smuggled thousands of grenade parts from the U.S. to Mexico to build live grenades for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Moreover, Kingery taught cartel operatives how to manufacture grenades and convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons.

One of the grenades provided by Kingery was used to kill three Mexican federal police officers during a gunbattle in Guadalajara in October 2013.

Kingery was part of a group of 13 high-level fugitives, which included Texas-born drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as ‘La Barbie,’ who was subsequently extradited to the United States back in September 2015.

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