Sinaloa Cartel Indicted on Murder and Drug Trafficking Charges

Sinaloa Cartel Indicted on Murder and Drug Trafficking Charges
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:38am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:38am

Multiple Other Charges Included in Indictment

Federal officials unsealed a 14-count grand jury indictment against various alleged Sinaloa Cartel members. Among the members involved in the April 11 indictment are Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” Ismael Zambada Garcia aka “Mayo,” and 22 other individuals responsible for the operations and management of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The indictment calls for multiple charges of conspiracy to possess and import firearms and drugs in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. Murder, kidnapping and other violent crimes are also mentioned in the document.

“Murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug trafficking are the four corners of this organization’s foundation,” stated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman. “For years, their violence, ruthlessness and complete disregard for human life and the rule of law have greatly impacted the citizens of the Republic of Mexico and the United States. They must be held accountable for their criminal actions.”

This investigation resulted in the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, and thousands of pounds of marijuana in cities throughout the United States. Law enforcement also took possession of millions of dollars in drug proceeds which were destined to be returned to the Cartel in Mexico. Agents and officers likewise seized hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition intended to be smuggled into Mexico to assist the Cartel’s battle to take control of one of the key drug trafficking corridors used to bring drugs into the United States.
“These charges are an important step in bringing to justice those responsible for supplying a large portion of the illegal drugs flowing into communities in the United States through the El Paso area, as well as much of the violence that has ravaged neighboring Ciudad Juarez,” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration-El Paso Division.

Below is a list of the other 22 defendants charged in this indictment:

German (Last Name Unknown) aka “Paisa,” “German Olivares”; Mario Nunez-Meza aka “Mayito,” “M-10”; Amado Nunez-Meza aka “Flaco,” “M-11,” “El Flais”; Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo aka “Jaguar,” “Tonin,” Catorce,” “14,” “Tono,” “El Uno”; Gabino Salas-Valenciano aka “El Ingeniero”; Sergio Garduno-Escobedo aka “Coma”; David Sanchez-Hernandez aka “Christian”; Ivan Sanchez-Hernandez; Jesus Rodrigo Fierro-Ramirez aka “Huichi,” “Pena”; Arturo Lozano-Mendez aka “Garza”; Mario De La O Lopez aka “Flaco”; Arturo Shows Urquidi aka “Chous”; Salvador Valdez aka “Robles”; Daniel Franco Lopez aka “Micha,” “Neon,” “Fer”; Luis Arellano-Romero aka “Bichi,” Bichy,” “Helio”; Fernando Arellano-Romero aka “Rayo,” “24,” “Gamma,” “Blue Demon”; Mario Alberto Iglesias-Villegas aka “Dos,” “El 2,” “Delta,” “Parka,” “Grim Reaper,” “Daniel Cuellar Anchondo,” “Delfin”; Adrian Avila-Ramirez aka “Bam Bam,” “Tacuba,” “El 19”; Valentin Saenz De La Cruz aka “El Valle,” “Lic”; Emigdio Martinez, Jr. aka “Millo”; Carlos Flores aka “Buffalo,” “Charly”; and, Jose (Last Name Unknown) aka “Toca,” “Tocayo,” “Pachi”.

  

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