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Wanted Panamanian drug trafficker captured hiding out in Mexico

January 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Wanted Panamanian drug trafficker captured hiding out in Mexico Germán Eliécer Chanis Aguilar "El Fakir". Photo: Taken from Twitter

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Authorities in Mexico arrested a top Panamanian drug trafficker hiding out in the state of Chiapas over the weekend.

Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) detained 47-year-old Germán Eliécer Chanis Aguilar also known as “El Fakir,” a suspected drug trafficker who is sought by Panamanian authorities on Saturday.

INM officials and Interpol said Aguilar was the subject of an Interpol red alert for an arrest warrant on drug trafficking charges back in his native country of Panama.

“El Fakir’ is the alleged head of a criminal group called “Frente 57.”

Law enforcement officials said Mexican authorities coordinated with the Panamanian intelligence during a raid on the Ravi hotel in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, where Chanis Aguilar was apprehended.

The director of the National Police of Panama, Omar Pinzón, said Chanis Aguilar is also the target of several open investigations for organized crime-related offenses and homicide.

Officials said the accused drug trafficker entered Mexico using a false identification to evade the authorities, Proceso reported.

Pinzón said authorities had recently been detected in Quintana Roo, before tracking him to Chiapas.

The Panamanian national was transported to the 21st Century Migration Station in Tapachula for processing before he was subsequently transported to Mexico City International Airport where he boarded a flight to Panama.

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