The pilot of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the drug cartel, Sinaloa and the most powerful drug trafficker perhaps on the planet for whose capture the United States has offered 30 million dollars, has been arrested in the Dominican Republic during a joint operation between the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and local authorities, according to the Dominican newspaper, Listín Diario.
In the operative, occurring recently in Santo Domingo, two Mexicans fell in the hands of the DEA while a third accomplice, of Colombian origin, was able to escape. The intelligence sources, of which the paper has access, seemed very hesitant to give more details about the operation that occurred in a hotel within the capital. It seems that the Dominican and North American authorities were informed that the pilot and close confidant to “Chapo” would come to the Dominican to establish some contacts and they prepared to trap him in a raid, after which both Mexicans were extradited to the United States, where there were warrants for their arrests.
The sources did not give many details about the two arrested Mexicans, only saying that one’s last name was Chávez Ramírez and the other Alvarado Torres. They also did not give many details about the extradition to the United States. The U.S. has previously stated that “Chapo” Guzmán, is their number one fugitive, while Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security, stated recently that “Chapo” could face the same fate as Bin Laden, who was surprised in his hideout and was killed by special forces. The North American authorities have been closing in on the powerful drug trafficker and in recent weeks have arrested various allies in operatives in Mexico.
According to the sources of Listín Diario, the arrest of these two Mexicans has provided the DEA with valuable information assuring the imminent arrest of el Chapo. The Sinaloa cartel has been operating in the Dominican Republic for some time. Recent murders, the majority in the northern region of the country, have been attributed to this cartel.