HomeNewsBriefAlleged Sinaloa Cartel Operative Captured, Makled To Be Extradited
BRIEF

Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Operative Captured, Makled To Be Extradited

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 14 APR 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN
  • Authorities have arrested Raul Sabori Cisneros, an alleged lieutenant for the Sinaloa Cartel, reports El Universal. Cisneros is reportedly the number two commander in the state of Sonora, answering directly to Joaquin Loera Guzman, alias "El Chapo." In July 2010 Cisnero's gunmen led an attack against a faction of the dissident Beltran-Leyva Cartel in Tubutama, which left 21 people dead. This is the most high-ranking leader of the Sinaloa Cartel arrested so far this year. The Mexican government has previously been accused of concentrating their efforts on persecuting the cartel's rivals, while Guzman is believed to remain in Guanacevi, Durango, according to one U.S. official.
  • In Guatemala, a district court has issued a new arrest warrant against members of the Lorenzana family, believed to work alongside the Sinaloa Cartel. According to ElPeriodico, five members of the Lorenzana clan, including patriach Waldermar Lorenzana, have been wanted on drug-trafficking charges in the U.S. since 2009. In Guatemala, an arrest warrant against the family was suspended in an April 2010 ruling, a decision that was overturned this year by the Constitutional Court. 
  • On April 13 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, in a joint operation with local narcotics police in the Dominican Republic, announced the arrest of seven suspects believed to have links with Colombian and Mexico drug-trafficking organizations. Dubbed the "cartel of Cibao," after a region on the island's northern coast, the arrests were made in connection to the seizure of 161 kilos of cocaine in a port city last week, reports newspaper Listin. Authorities would not confirm if the group was working in conjunction with the organization of Puerto Rican trafficker, Jose Figueroa Capsula, who controlled much of the cocaine trade in the Caribbean before his arrest in July 2009. 
  • The Colombian government has confirmed the extradition of Walid Makled, who will be handed over to President Hugo Chavez's government despite protest from the U.S., where Makled is also wanted on drug trafficking charges. The move has already sparked criticism from U.S. officials like Representative Connie Mack (R-FL), Chair of the U.S. House's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, who in a statement expressed "extreme disappointment" with the decision. The extradition order appears to be an offer of goodwill towards Venezuela, as part of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' agenda to improve relations between the two countries. Makled has claimed he did business with high-ranking officials in Chavez's government. 
share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

MEXICO / 22 JAN 2013

Companies owned by a drug gang, which the United States says rivals the Sinaloa Cartel, reportedly won several contracts from…

GUATEMALA / 3 OCT 2012

A Guatemalan court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to hold a man the government described as a key link…

HOMICIDES / 26 FEB 2016

Homicides in Mexico's Baja California nearly doubled during January 2016 when compared to the same month last year, raising speculation…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.