Photo: Gabino Salas Valenciano, known as "El Ingeniero"
Gabino Salas Valenciano, known as “El Ingeniero” (the engineer), was a lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel. He had been linked too much of the violence that has engulfed the Juárez region.
In control of the smuggling routes in the Valley of Juárez for Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel , he was killed in a shootout on Thursday, Chihuahua officials said Friday.
Juárez police sources told the Norte newspaper that Salas was allegedly directly involved in the recent attacks on Juárez police, which were in retaliation for attempts to capture him.
The Sinaloa cartel led by reputed kingpin Guzman is believed to have seized control of the valley southeast of Juárez during the war with the Juárez drug cartel.
Salas was wanted in El Paso by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on multiple charges, including drug conspiracy, smuggling of cocaine and marijuana, kidnapping and murder.