The son of one of Mexico’s most notorious drugs barons has been arrested, also on narcotics charges.
Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon, son of Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, El Azul, is alleged to have operated the Sinaloa cartel that his father founded with fellow drugs kingpins El Chapo and El Mayo.
Federal sources confirmed the arrest of Esparragoza Monzon, alias El Negro, to local media.
The arrest is the fruit of a joint operation involving Mexico’s army, navy, federal police and attorney general's office.
El Negro was arrested with his escort Jesus Alfonso Rios Gomez. The pair had with them a rifle, two handguns and a quantity of cocaine at the time of their arrest, according to reports.
El Negro’s father Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, El Azul, is a wanted man in Mexico and in the United States.
He was rumoured to have died of a heart attack brought on by a road accident but his body was not found and authorities believe he is still at large.
The General Attorney's Office is offering a reward of 30 million MXN (1 million GPB) for anyone who provides information that helps them capture him, while the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is offering 5 million USD for information (3.9 million GBP).
El Azul is thought these days to have a low-profile but vital position within Sinaloa, acting as a mediator in the violent disputes between cartels.
El Azul was imprisoned from 1986 to 1993, but once he left prison he played a role in the formation of La Federacion, an alliance between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cartel de Juarez.