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Mexican government preparing extradition of American-born cartel boss José María Guizar-Valencia to the U.S.

February 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican government preparing extradition of American-born cartel boss José María Guizar-Valencia to the U.S.

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Mexican government officials have initiated the process for the extradition of top Zetas boss José María Guizar-Valencia alias “El Z-43” and “El Charly,” to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.

The U.S. born drug lord was arrested last week by Mexican Marines during an operation in the colony of Roma, an affluent neighborhood of Mexico City.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said the American born kingpin is wanted for separate drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas and Eastern District of Virginia, according to Proceso.

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged the alleged leader of Los Zetas with engaging in a continuous criminal enterprise, international narcotics trafficking, criminal association to illegally export or attempt to illegally export firearms, and money laundering, the PGR in a statement.

“Z-43” is considered one of the last of the top bosses of the ruthless criminal syndicate to be apprehended.

Guizar Valencia had remained a mysterious figure to Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials.

The 38-year-old native of Tulare, California reportedly holds dual citizenship and has no criminal record.

His name first garnered attention in 2014 after the U.S. State Department announced a five million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.

U.S. officials say Jose Maria Guizar-Valencia assumed complete command and control of his own faction of the Zetas in the Southern region of Mexico following the death of Los Zetas founder, Heriberto Lazcano, and the capture of his successor, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, aka “Z-40.”

Valencia was subsequently added to the list of the top 122 priority objectives wanted by the Mexican federal government.

According to the U.S  State Department website, under the command of Guizar-Valencia, the Zetas have murdered an “untold number of Guatemalan civilians during the systematic takeover of the southern Mexican region bordering Guatemala.”

Additionally, Guizar-Valencia is allegedly responsible for the 2017 slayings of two Mexican Police officers, who were abducted and decapitated in the Gulf State of Veracruz.

In 2003, Guizar Valencia was reportedly arrested with nine kilos of cocaine at the Reynosa Airport in Northern Mexico.

While being transferred to a local hospital, the cartel capo managed to escape custody following a brazen rescue attempt by a team of cartel gunmen.

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