An American woman wanted in her home country for drug trafficking has been seized in Mexico City with cocaine and fentanyl.
Agents from the Secretariat of Citizen Security arrested Jennifer Nicole Burns in the Polanco III Seccion area of the Mexican capital on 20th February.
Portly Burns – seen in this footage being led by two officers into a police station – is the subject of an active extradition order to the USA.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office accuses her of links with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in the trafficking of synthetic drugs to the US.
The 40-year-old is charged with crimes including drug trafficking and weapons possession.
Burns is believed to belong to a criminal group called Las Senoritas (The Ladies), which is linked to the CJNG.
Authorities in Mexico believe she fled over the border to escape punishment in her home country.
In Mexico, they believe, she received protection from members of the criminal organisation.
According to reports, Burns was in possession of 87 doses of cocaine and six of the synthetic opioid fentanyl when she was seized.
She is now expected to be handed over to authorities in America, where she faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.
Another three US women who allegedly carried out illegal activities for Las Senoritas in Pickens County, South Carolina State, are believed to remain on the run in Mexico.
They have been named as Chelsie Marie Anderson, Amy Deanna Cobb, and Marcy Dawn Vickers.
In a statement, the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City said: “As part of international collaboration efforts and intelligence sharing, police officers from the Mexico City Security Secretariat (SSC) arrested a woman in the Miguel Hidalgo borough who had an extradition order to the United States for her possible involvement with a criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking.
“This was carried out by following a collaboration request issued by the United States Marshals Service to locate a woman identified as a relevant target of the South Carolina Prosecutor’s Office in said country, who has at least four accusations of drug possession, methamphetamine trafficking, and possession of a weapon during the commission or attempted commission of a violent crime.
“Therefore, investigative and intelligence work was generated that allowed for knowledge that this person traveled to our country to evade authorities, where she possibly maintained links with a criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking, among other crimes.
“Through fixed and mobile surveillance, the location of this person was obtained in a property located in the Polanco Tercera Seccion neighbourhood, Miguel Hidalgo borough, where an operational deployment was carried out, and after verifying her identity, a 40-year-old American woman was arrested. Likewise, 87 doses of apparent cocaine and a box with six ampoules of possible fentanyl were seized.
“This detention was carried out in strict adherence to police action protocols, use of force, and respect for human rights. The detainee was informed of her legal rights and was placed at the disposal of immigration authorities, who will be responsible for her transfer and presentation to the authorities who require her.
“The SSC reiterates its commitment to collaborate with national and international organisations to stop generators of violence and provide security to the inhabitants of Mexico City.”