Mexico : Cartel Member Leading Fentanyl Smuggling arrested

Mex­i­co’s defense min­istry said on Sun­day that secu­ri­ty forces had arrest­ed a car­tel mem­ber alleged­ly respon­si­ble for the pro­duc­tion of fen­tanyl, which has killed thou­sands of peo­ple in the Unit­ed States.

The arrest, which took place in Sinaloa state on Thurs­day, comes weeks after Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s vis­it to Mex­i­co and fol­lows the recent high-pro­file arrest of car­tel leader Ovidio Guzman.

He is believed to be one of the chief logis­tics offi­cers of a noto­ri­ous drug lord dubbed “Mayo Zam­ba­da” who co-run the pow­er­ful Sinaloa Cartel.

“It should be not­ed that in addi­tion to car­ry­ing out large-scale trans­ship­ments of cocaine from Latin Amer­i­ca to the Unit­ed States, the defen­dant is con­sid­ered a major pro­duc­er of fen­tanyl and stim­u­lant tablets,” the min­istry said in a statement.

As per stan­dard pro­ce­dure in Mex­i­co, his full name was with­held and named José “N”.

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