By: Steve Dellar | 02-10-2018 | News
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US Demands Extradition Of Arrested Mexican Cartel Kingpin

Mexico arrested the leader of the notorious Zetas drug cartel yesterday, Mr. José María Guízar Valencia, a man for whose capture the US state authorities had offered a $5m reward.

Known in local circles as Z-43, Mr Guizar Valencia is a dual US-Mexican citizen and if local police forces are to be believes, he ran the Zetas south-eastern operations.

According to the US state department, Mr. Guizar Valencia’s operation was responsible for "importing thousands of kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine to the US every year".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">México: detienen a José María Guizar Valencia Z-43, uno de los líderes del cartel de Los Zetas <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BBC Mundo (@bbcmundo) <a href="">February 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The US also said the Zetas cartel "has murdered an untold number of Guatemalan civilians during the systematic overtake of the Guatemalan border region with Mexico during recent years".

Mr. Guizar Valencia also faces separate U.S. drug trafficking indictments in Texas and Virginia.

If Mexico agrees to his extradition, he will face charges of drugs smuggling and money-laundering.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, alias &quot;Z43,&quot; was arrested Thursday in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of La Roma &quot;without the use of force,&quot; the head of the National Security Commission announced <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="">February 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Amid a recent surge in homicides, Mexico has deployed some 5,000 additional federal police officers.

Mr. Darwin Puc Acosta, chief of police in Cancun: "Most homicides are related to organized crime. They are committed by criminal groups competing for control over other criminal groups. All of it is related to the sale of drugs."


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