Mexico has extradited five fugitives to the United States, including an alleged former leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
The five Mexican nationals are wanted in the United States for a variety of crimes, including murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and allegations of child sexual abuse.
The Mexican Attorney General’s office said the men had been transferred to U.S. agents at Toluca International Airport in the past week in accordance with an international extradition treaty.
One of the five men, Jorge Luis Sanchez Morales, is an alleged former leader of the Sinaloa cartel cell in Juarez. The Sinaloa Cartel became famous for being led by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
Sanchez Morales was wanted by the Western District of Texas on charges of drug and conspiracy charges, the prosecution said. Wane.com.
Jorge Luis Sanchez Morales, an alleged former leader of the Sinaloa cartel in Juarez. The DEA considered that the founder of the Sinaloa cartel cell in the El-Paso-Juárez corridor
He was reportedly tasked with coordinating the shipment of cartels to the United States and the money laundering activities in the Chihuahua-Texas corridor.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also credits Sanchez Morales for leading and founding the Sinaloa cartel cell that was located in the El-Paso-Juárez corridor.
Another extradited man, Salvador Martinez, was not specifically associated with any particular Mexican drug cartel, but has been charged with drug trafficking in the northern district of Texas.
He was reportedly part of a gang that distributes methamphetamine in and around Dallas, according to information the U.S. authorities have provided to Mexico.
Despite its leader, El Chapo, in prison in the United States, the Sinaloa Cartel is still causing significant damage in Mexico. Pictured: A flaming bus set on fire by cartel shooters during a 2019 gunfight in Culiacan. Another ex-leader of the cartel has been extradited to the United States
Left: Salvador Martinez, wanted for drug trafficking in the northern district of Texas. Right: Crespín Nene Pérez, pictured, has been wanted since 1998 for the cold case involving Bonny Lee Baker, believed to have been murdered
Bonny Lee Baker died in 1998 at the age of 47. Crespín Nene Pérez is a suspect in the cold case
A third man, transferred to U.S. officials, Crespín Nene Pérez, has been wanted for the alleged kidnapping and murder of a Colorado woman, Bonny Lee Baker, who died in 1998 at the age of 47.
Wane.com reports that Pérez disappeared before July 4, 1998, before his sister found blood and hair in his parked car, as well as a driver’s license number hidden under a car mat, by Baker, who was Pérez’s resident friend.
His sister contacted Baker’s ex-husband and told him that Pérez had a history of violence.
The other two men extradited to the United States – Moises Bernal Ramirez and Ligorio Garcia Cruz – were some of the alleged sex offenders.
The Mexican attorney general’s office said Ramirez has a sexual assault suit in Georgia, while Cruz is being searched in Harris County, Texas for an alleged sexual assault on a minor.
Moises Bernal Ramirez (right) and Ligorio Garcia Cruz (left) have both been charged separately with child sexual abuse. They also both fled to Mexico to avoid charges and were arrested on separate occasions in January before they were now extradited to the United States.
Bernal Ramirez is wanted in Cobb, Georgia for sexual assault on two minors. From 2005 to 2011, he reportedly raped his two underage granddaughters (11 and 4), who said he threatened to hurt them if they told anyone.
He was found in Temixco, just outside of Mexico City, and was arrested by Mexican federal police in January.
In 2009 and 2010, Garcia-Cruz reportedly raped his ex-girlfriend’s daughter when her mother went to school or work. After being charged, he fled across the border to Mexico, but was arrested again in January.
Statement from the Mexican Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR)
In accordance with the extradition treaty signed between Mexico and the United States of America, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) extradited five men claimed by various courts of that country.
Crespin ‘N’ is required to be prosecuted by a city and county court in Denver, Colorado for his suspected responsibility for the crimes of first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping.
Jorge ‘S’, in turn, is required by the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas for crimes of criminal association and against health.
Moses ‘B’, charged by the Cobb County Superior Court in Georgia for the crime of child sexual abuse.
Salvador ‘M’, Required by the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas, for his likely participation in criminal crime and against health.
Ligorio “G”, required by the Harris County, Texas District Court, for the probable duty of the crime of qualified sexual assault on a minor.
The five individuals were delivered to designated U.S. agents for their last transfer to the United States of America on flights departing from Toluca International Airport, Mexico.