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Mexico extradites former Gulf Cartel boss Mario Ramirez-Treviño to the U.S.

December 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico extradites former Gulf Cartel boss Mario Ramirez-Treviño to the U.S.

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The government of Mexico extradited Mario Ramirez-Treviño also known as“Mario Pelon” and “X-20″ the former leader of the Gulf drug cartel to the United States to face drug conspiracy charges on Monday.

According to a U.S. Justice Department press release,  Mario Ramirez-Treviño appeared in Federal Court in the District of Columbia on Tuesday where he was charged with multiple counts including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and over 1000 kg of marijuana into the United States.

Additionally, Ramirez-Trevino faces attempted distribution of approximately 10 tons of cocaine, which was seized in 2007 by Mexican authorities and another 2,400-kilogram shipment that was seized by Panamanian Police that same year.

Ramirez, a former police officer, who himself developed a drug addiction, started working for the Gulf Cartel in the late 90’s following a stint in rehab.

He quickly rose to become the leader of an armed  Gulf Cartel faction.

The drug lord assumed control of the Gulf Cartel in 2012 and consolidated power by killing the heads of rival factions following an bloody internal power struggle.

Mexican authorities arrested Ramirez in August 2013, shortly after ascending to the top leadership position of the Gulf Cartel.

At the time of his capture, Ramirez was considered one of the highest-profile drug lords wanted by U.S. and Mexican authorities.

Ramirez-Trevino remained in custody while awaiting his extradition to the U.S.

“The Gulf Cartel is one of the most violent and brutal drug trafficking organizations, posing a threat to the citizens of both the United States and Mexico,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan said in a statement.  “This significant extradition is the result of our strong law enforcement relationship with the Government of Mexico, and the Department of Justice’s continuing efforts to combat international narcotics trafficking.”

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