Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mexico Arrests US-Born Man Linked to Tijuana Drug Cartel

Via VOA News -

Mexican federal police say they have captured a U.S.-born man tied to Mexico's Arellano Felix drug cartel, also known as the Tijuana cartel.

Officials say 33-year-old Armando Villarreal Heredia, known as “El Gordo”, was taken into custody Saturday in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora state. Authorities have accused the San Diego native of trafficking drugs from Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa into the United States. The U.S. also wants him on federal conspiracy and racketeering charges.

Investigators have linked him to Fernando Sanchez Arellano, a leader in the cartel, which has been weakened in recent years. Sanchez is a nephew of the Arellano Felix brothers for whom the cartel is named. Many of the brothers have either been arrested or killed.


Charges against him include conspiracy, money laundering, drug trafficking and organized crime.


In July 2010, the US Justice department named, the then 32-year old Armando Villarreal Heredia, in a criminal compliant of participating in a federal racketeering (RICO) conspiracy.

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