An alleged assassin for drug queen El Chapo and a senior member of the Sinaloa cartel was extradited from Mexico to the US to stand trial.
Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, also known as & # 39; Jaguar & # 39 ;, was one of the 24 members of Sinaloa Cartel who were indicted in 2012 by a large jury, including the leader Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman.
That year he was arrested by the Mexican police and paraded in front of the media alongside a supply of weapons.
Marrufo has now been extradited to the United States and will appear in the Texas court on Wednesday to handle the costs of riot, the US Department of Justice said yesterday.
The Ministry of Justice said in a statement that Marrufo was being tried through cooperation with the Mexican authorities, but did not provide details of the circumstances of his arrest.
Antonio & # 39; Jaguar & # 39; Marrufo in the picture during his arrest in 2012 has been in a Mexican prison for seven years and has now been extradited to the US.
Federal police presents weapons seized during the arrest of Marrufo in Mexico City in 2012
Drug boxing pin Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman is escorted in a helicopter at Mexico City airport, after his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa in 2016
It said the indictment, among other things, claimed that under the leadership of Marrufo, an American man, his brother and his uncle were kidnapped during the man's wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and then tortured and murdered.
The alleged target was the groom of the wedding, the state of the Ministry of Justice.
The bodies of the three men were discovered by the Juarez police a few days later in the bed of an abandoned pickup truck.
A fourth person was also killed during the abduction during the wedding ceremony.
During his arrest in 2012, weapons related to the arms trade, known as Fast and Furious, were found in the home of Marrufo, in the city of Juarez, Mexico.
Maruffo will make his first appearance in the federal court in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, the statement said.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Williamson said: & # 39; Through close and lasting cooperation with our partners in Mexico, we bring cartel leaders to justice.
& # 39; This rendition sends a message to those leaders that we will ruthlessly pursue them no matter where they are or how long it takes. & # 39;
Federal police escort suspects Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo while being presented to the media at a press conference at the federal police headquarters in Mexico City in February 2012
& # 39; El Chapo & # 39 ;, center, will be taken from an airplane in January 2017 to a waiting caravan of SUV & # 39; s at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, NY
El Chapo was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States after an 11-week trial in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, in February.
The 14-count grand jury charge costs conspiracy to violate the RICO statute, conspiracy to own more than five kilos of cocaine and more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana, imports more than five kilos of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
It also includes allegations of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to possess firearms to promote drug crime, murder, drug trafficking, abductions and violent crimes for extortion.
According to the indictment, the purpose of the Sinaloa cartel is to smuggle large amounts of marijuana and cocaine, as well as other drugs, to the United States for distribution.
El Chapo is taken to a helicopter by Mexican Marines in handcuffs on a hanger in Mexico City after being caught in the seaside town of Mazatlan in 2014
The laundered proceeds from drug trafficking activities are then returned to cartel members and used in part for the purchase of real estate for the cartel, including real estate, firearms, ammunition, bullet-proof vests, radios, telephones, uniforms and vehicles, indictments.
ATF special agent Boshek said: “No one, community or country can tolerate the brutality described in these allegations.
& # 39; The collaboration between American and Mexican officials sends a clear signal of our joint commitment to investigate and prosecute members of these criminal organizations. & # 39;
El Chapo is currently being detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan pending sentencing after 10 convictions, including drug trafficking, conspiracy and the use of firearms as leader of the dreaded Sinaloa cartel.
The 61-year-old turned out to run a continuous criminal enterprise as the pivot of one of & # 39; the world's most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the 90s and 2000s.
Before his arrest and extradition to the US in January 2017, Guzman escaped twice from prison in Mexico for his final detention in January 2016.
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