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Top lieutenant and co-defendant for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman found tortured and killed in Mexico

November 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Top lieutenant and co-defendant for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman found tortured and killed in Mexico

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Top lieutenant for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman murdered in Mexico.

A top lieutenant for the Sinaloa Cartel, who was also a leading c-conspirator in the case against drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Chicago, has been discovered tortured and murdered in Mexico

Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo, also known as “El Marito Choclos,” had been missing for several days in October in Mexico.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago on Wednesday requested a federal judge to dismiss the charges against Valenzuela Verdugo, 36, after the “government obtained information that defendant Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo died on or about October 22, 2017.

Specifically, the government has confirmed Valenzuela Verdugo’s death after obtaining a copy of a death certificate.

Mexican authorities revealed that they discovered Valenzuela Verdugo on a dairy farm near Culiacán in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, ABC13 reported.

The drug cartel operative had been tortured, shot and doused in lime, which is a chemical that was used to decompose his remains.

He had been considered a fugitive since 2014 when he was indicted by a  federal grand jury in Chicago and subsequently added as a co-conspirator in the developing case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most notorious drug lord.

Two years ago, Valenzuela Verdugo was sanctioned as a significant  narcotics trafficker and money launderer by the U.S. Treasury Department under the s0-called “Kingpin Act.”

At the time, the Treasury Department froze his assets, and stated that he “reinforced the power and influence of the infamous activities of Guzman.”

Mexican authorities have not released further details in the murder of the cartel lieutenant.

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