Story By: Juan Fenandez Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A top boss in Mexico’s most feared drug cartel the Jalisco New Generation Carel (CJNG) has been extradited to the United States on suspicion of drug-trafficking and money laundering.
News of the suspect’s extradition was announced in a statement by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR).
The man extradited has been identified as Jose P. in the statement, however, local press report his name is Jose Pineda Arzate, alias ‘El Avispon’ (The Hornet), who is alleged to have belonged to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
He was transported to the American state of Georgia from the International Airport of Toluca, in the Mexican state of Mexico.
According to the statement, Jose P.’s extradition is in compliance with the Extradition Treaty between the countries and he is due to appear before a federal court in Georgia.
There have been no reports on when he is expected to stand trial.
He is alleged of being “responsible for crimes in a criminal association against [public] health and money laundering”.
Local media report the suspect coordinated the smuggling of drugs into the country with the use of couriers.
He then reportedly ensured they were received in the city of Atlanta, Georgia and other locations to later order his accomplices on their distribution in the same state and Illinois, as well as other points.
Jose P. is also alleged to have wired the earnings from the illicit operations to an account with Mexico as the funds’ final destination.
He reportedly started his own crime group ‘Las Moscas’ (The Flies) in 2012 and later joining ‘Los Guerreros Unidos’ (United Warriors) before joining CJNG in 2015.
The cartel is one of Mexico’s most powerful and has control in most parts of the country only rivalled by the Sinaloa Cartel, formerly led by ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
According to an article by the Wall Street Journal CJNG “has become Mexico’s most powerful criminal organization”.
The same article reports former National Commissioner for Security Renato Sales Heredia, 57, the carte “is the most urgent threat to Mexico’s national security”.
The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.