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Mexican Authorities capture U.S. born drug lord José María Guizar Valencia during operation in Mexico City

February 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican Authorities capture U.S. born drug lord José María Guizar Valencia during operation in Mexico City

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Mexican authorities announced the capture of José María Guizar Valencia, the American-born leader of the Los Zetas Cartel during a security operation on Thursday.

National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia confirmed Friday the arrest of Guizar-Valencia, alias “Z-43” and “El Charly” by Mexican Marines in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City.

The native of Tulare, California is one of the 122 top priority objectives wanted by the Mexican government. In addition, he remains on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s most wanted list of fugitives.

Following the operation, Mexico’s Interior Minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida took to Twitter to announce the capture of the drug kingpin.

In 2014, the US Department of State issued a $ 5 million reward for information leading to the capture of  Guizar Valencia.

According to State Department officials, “Z-43” climbed the ranks to lead the Los Zetas faction in the Mexican states of Tabasco, Veracruz and, Chiapas. This followed the 2012 death of Heriberto Lazcano alias “Z-3”, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican Marines and the arrest of his successor, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40” in 2013.

U.S. Drug Enforcement officials said Guízar Valencia used the municipality of Huimanguillo, Tabasco as his center of operations for the transshipment of narcotics from South America and Central America to the United States.

Officials said the cartel kingpin stands accused of importing a ton of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S. market.

Additionally, Guízar Valencia supervised shipments of cocaine from Colombia via Guatemala on behalf of the Zetas.

Authorities in Mexico say José María Guízar Valencia has also been a main generator of violence throughout Mexico’s southeast that includes parts of the Riviera Maya and along the border between Chiapas and Guatemala.

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