- The citations have been made by the same court that prosecuted drug cartel kingpin, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.
- Experts believe that his arrest is part of an elaborate operation to close in on Rafael Caro Quintero.
- Caro Quintero is believed to be hiding in the mountainous region of Mexico’s Golden Triangle.
The Brooklyn Federal Court in New York has announced that it’s seeking the extradition of Ismael Quintero Arellanes. Arellanes is a nephew to fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who is currently linked to the Sinaloa cartel. Quintero Arellanes was captured by the Mexican Army in Culiacán, Sinaloa on January 29.
According to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue, “the defendant conspired with members of the Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization to flood the United States with large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.”
The citations have been made by the same court that prosecuted drug cartel kingpin, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel. He was sentenced to life in prison after a guilty verdict was reached in February last year.
The court is also handling a corruption case linked to Genaro García Luna. The former Secretary of Public Security in Mexico is accused of accepting bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel to allow drug shipments into the United States.
The Search for the Narco of Narcos
Back to the Quintero Arellanes case, experts believe that his arrest is part of an elaborate operation by both the Mexican and United States governments to close in on Rafael Caro Quintero. He is a prime target and higher on the wanted list than Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who heads the Sinaloa Cartel, and Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The FBI is offering up to $20 million dollars for information leading to his arrest. He is believed to have had ties to major drug gangs in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Costa Rica.
The older Quintero is wanted for ordering the execution of DEA agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, in 1985. He was handed a 40-year prison sentence for the crime, but in 2013, a court in Jalisco ordered for his release based on a technicality. The suspicious ruling was soon after overturned, but the drug lord had already gone into hiding.
Since his escape, the DEA has been hot on his heels. It has launched numerous sporadic operations aimed at capturing him. Caro Quintero is believed to be hiding in the mountainous region of Mexico’s Golden Triangle, which is located between the states of Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and Durango.
Earlier this month Federal prosecutors sought legal jurisdiction from the Mexican government to seize properties in Guadalajara that are allegedly owned by Quintero. The request asserted that the drug lord had registered the assets under the names of relatives.
His nephew Ismael Quintero Arellanes is set to get a 20-year minimum sentence if found guilty. According to DEA agent, Ray Donovan,“This indictment and arrest are indicative that the walls are closing in on members of the Sinaloa Cartel, like Ismael Quintero Arellanes and DEA’s arch-nemesis Rafael Caro Quintero.”