The Mexican Ramón Cristóbal Santoyo , 43, was arrested at the Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy when he was boarding a plane to Paris, although he had a search and capture order issued by the United States authorities and Interpol for drug trafficking crimes. He was arrested by Italian Border Police.
According to Italian media, the detainee is known as “Doctor Wagner” , he is one of the most important managers of cocaine trafficking from Mexico to the United States and an important member of the Sinaloa cartel, directed by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera , currently imprisoned in the United States.
The Italian Border Police in Fiumicino confirmed that although the arrest occurred on August 20, while embarking with his real name on an AirMéxico flight that would stop in Paris but continue later to the Mexican capital.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the federal agency of the United States, which deals with the fight against drug trafficking, had issued an arrest warrant in 2016, the media added.
Now the Italian Justice will have to examine Santoyo’s request for extradition by the United States. The US will demand that they take him to California to be tried in a court in the Southern District of California.
Just this past Thursday, September 19, the Attorney General of the Southern District of California, United States, filed charges for drug trafficking and money laundering against 85 people associated with the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, who operated in San Diego County, at South of this state.
The accusation is the result of a year of investigation led by the DEA and the Internal Revenue Service and that resulted in a series of raids carried out early Thursday, in which four pounds of methamphetamine and two firearms were seized.
Of the 85 defendants, 47 are detained, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
The accusation points to Juan Carlos Ochoa, René Valdez Jr., Ramón Castillo, Michel Wright, Alfonso Arroyo, Douglas Bowen, Samuel Becerra and Javier Vergara as the leaders of the criminal organization.
These men, the prosecution said, are allegedly responsible for providing kilograms of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl to dozens of distributors in Southern California.