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A Sinaloa cartel boss wanted in the United States in connection with the deaths of 11 migrants in 2009 was arrested by the Federal Police, the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.
Fidel Mancinas Franco, who ran the cartel’s operations in the northern border state of Sonora, was detained on Saturday, the secretariat said.
The suspect was captured by the Federal Police on a highway outside Cananea, a city in Sonora, and taken to Mexico City.
Mancinas Franco is the subject of an arrest warrant on people trafficking charges and faces extradition to the United States for the deaths of the migrants in two automobile accidents.
He ran the Sinaloa cartel’s operations in the cities of Nogales, Agua Prieta, Naco and Cananea, all located in Sonora, officials said.
The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.
Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a reward of $5 million for him.
Forbes magazine estimates that Guzman has a fortune of more than $1 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.
The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Guzman, who was born in 1957 in La Tuna, Sinaloa, was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.