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Mexican cartel leader Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad arraigned on drug trafficking charges

October 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican cartel leader Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad arraigned on drug trafficking charges

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A leading drug cartel figure was taken into custody in San Diego on charges of drug-trafficking and money-laundering.

On Friday, the Justice Department revealed the arrest of 36-year-old Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler prior to the indictment against him becoming unsealed.

Quintero Navidad, who is also known as “El Cadete,” is the cousin of fugitive kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, who reportedly was behind the slaying of U.S. DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

As JammedUp News reported, a federal grand jury in San Diego indicted Quintero Navidad with conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine for importation, conspiring to import the drugs and conspiracy to money launder.

Sajid Emilio “El Cadete” Quintero Navidad, the cousin of Rafael Caro Quintero, was arrested at the U.S. border last week

In a statement, the Justice Department indicated that Quintero Navidad is one of the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leaders arrested in the U.S.

In 2014, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control named Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad as a “Special Designated Drug Trafficker,” under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. OFAC said Navidad organized the transportation of tons of quantities of cocaine from South America through Mexico and in the U.S.

Quintero Navidad was reportedly a the plaza boss for the Beltran Leyva Organization in Sonora. The Treasury Department also revealed that he ordered the shipment of several tons of cocaine from Guatemala and Bolivia through Mexico and controlled essential routes across the border.

In 2012, he was identified on banners in Hermosillo, Agua Prieta and Nogales as being responsible for several murders, abductions, and gas robberies.

The suspect is the nephew of Rafael Caro Quintero (above) is considered the “God Father” of the Mexican drug trade

In the indictment, the joint Homeland Security and DEA investigation targeted “leadership elements, lieutenants, associates and launderers connected with the Rafael Caro-Quintero and Beltran Leyva Organization.”

“Today is another reminder that there is no place to hide, because the Southern District of California, along with our partners, will pursue and prosecute international kingpins who for years profited from the shipment and sale of illegal drugs,” Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson stated. “With this action, one of the most significant traffickers in Mexico will be brought to justice.”

Quintero Navidad is facing life behind bars.

Dave Shaw, a special agent in charge of HSI in San Diego, said Navidad’s apprehension is a “result of outstanding investigative work by HSI in Calexico, in collaboration with federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners.”

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