Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The Mexican authorities have extradited this henchman of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to the United States on suspicion of leading a gang of hitmen and coordinating the trafficking of cocaine into the country.
Officers from the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico (FGR) reportedly turned Felipe Cabrera Sarabia into the American authorities at Toluca International Airport in the city of Toluca in the State of Mexico in the centre of the country.
Reports state that Cabrera Sarabia, also known as ‘El Ingeniero’ (The Engineer) or ‘El Senor de la Sierra’ (The Lord of the Mountains), will face a court in the American state of Illinois.
The suspect will reportedly be tried for coordinating the trafficking of cocaine and hashish into the United States, charging around 55,000 USD (43,620 GBP) for 1 kilogramme (2.2 lbs) of cocaine under the orders of the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
Cabrera Sarabia was reportedly arrested during an operation carried out by the Mexican Army in Culiacan in the Mexican state of Sinaloa in 2011.
According to the local authorities, Cabrera Sarabia was reportedly the head of El Chapo’s security squad of hitmen and is linked to the murder of rival gang members, mass graves in the Mexican state of Durango, extortion, kidnapping and the burning of public businesses and public properties.
His capture reportedly led to the arrest of Juan Carlos de la Barreta Vite, who was the Secretary of the now-deceased Minister of the Mexican Supreme Court, Sergio Valls Hernandez, in 2012.
Reports say De la Barreta Vite has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for passing on sensitive information about the legal process against Felipe Cabrera and the testimonies of protected witnesses against the Sinaloa cartel. It is unclear who he is alleged to have passed this information on to.
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