Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Reforma
The New York Department of Justice revealed Monday that it accused Ismael Quintero Arellanes of drug trafficking, a suspected member of a faction of the Sinaloa cartel, who was arrested by Mexican authorities on January 29th.
According to a document from the East District Prosecutor’s Office in New York, accusations were filed against Quintero Arellanes for conspiring to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as illegal possession of weapons as part of a drug trafficking organization.
Quintero Arellanes, nephew of fugitive boss Rafael Caro Quintero, was captured in Culiacán in a coordinated operation with members of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) and the Marine Secretariat (Semar).
“The US intends to request his extradition to face charges in the Eastern District of New York,” the statement said, adding that “the defendant conspired with members of the Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization to flood the US. US with large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. “
“This accusation and arrest is indicative that the encirclement over the members of the Sinaloa cartel is being narrowed, such as Ismael Quintero Arellanes and the “arch enemy of the DEA” (US Department of Drug Administration) Rafael Caro Quintero,” said special agent Donovan.
Donovan also indicates that although Caro Quintero continues to flee, work continues hand-in-hand with international, local, state and federal partners to interrupt the drug trafficking operations of the Sinaloa cartel.
The accusations presented by the US authorities also indicate that Quintero Arellanes participated in the trafficking of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine from February 2015 to June 2018, and marijuana from January 1980 to June 2018, as well as the use of weapons during drug trafficking activities.
Rafael Caro Quintero, currently unaccounted for, has been singled out as one of the founders of the late Guadalajara drug cartel.
He became considered one of the most dangerous Mexican drug traffickers in the 1980s until his capture in 1985 by the death of an agent Enrique Camarena of the US Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA).
Upon leaving prison, the authorities assume that he joined the ranks of the Sinaloa cartel and was involved in drug trafficking, the reason that led the United States to decide to open a new trial in the Court of the Eastern District of New York, the same in which the Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was tried.