MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday extradited to the United States a senior lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel drug gang previously headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the attorney general of the United States’s workplace stated. Damaso Lopez, called “The Graduate” because of his college research studies, was a previous security authorities in Sinaloa state who increased to turn into one of the leaders of the cartel, authorities say. He was detained in Mexico City in 2015. Mexico’s acting attorney general of the United States, Alberto Elias Beltran, stated Lopez was viewed as an essential witness in the event versus Guzman, who was extradited to the United States in January 2017 to deal with drug trafficking and conspiracy charges. Guzman’s trial is anticipated to start later on this year.
Lopez, 52, gotten here in the United States on Friday and is set up to make a preliminary look on Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, the United States Justice Department stated in a declaration. ” He’s an essential person as much for the United States federal government when it comes to the Mexican federal government,” Beltran informed a local radio program. “We can give an excellent conclusion the procedure the United States is performing versus” Guzman. At the time of Lopez’s arrest in May 2017, Mexican authorities stated he was thought to have actually been looking for an alliance with Guzman’s competitor, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Lopez had actually contributed in managing Guzman’s escape from jail in 2001 before signing up with the well-known criminal offense group, authorities have actually stated. U.S. President Donald Trump has actually made security at the southern border an administration top priority, arguing his plan to construct a U.S.-Mexico border wall would stem the circulation of drugs into the United States. He has actually also provided executive orders intending to enhance coordination in between U.S. police and their Mexican equivalents.
Mexico’s next president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won by a landslide on Sunday and will take workplace in December, opposes the wall and has actually stated he intends to stem drug trafficking by reducing hardship and other origin. Trump and Lopez Obrador talked about security concerns along with trade and migration in a call on Monday, amidst stress in between the neighbours over those problems. The Justice Department stated later on another declared member of the Sinaloa Cartel, Arturo Lozano, made a preliminary court look in El Paso, Texas, on Friday after being extradited from Mexico on Thursday. Lozano, 47, supervised of the cartel’s storage facilities in Juarez, according to an indictment pointed out by the department in a declaration.