Mexican narco Juan Juarez Orosco ‘El Abuelo’ has been extradited from Panama to the U.S. on charges of trafficking tons of cocaine from Central America to Mexico so cartels could distribute to the U.S.
Juarez, 64, was one of the most prolific and efficient cocaine distributors that worked for some of Mexico’s largest drug cartels including the Beltran-Leyva cartel and El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. Court documents indicate he was trafficking cocaine from the early 1990s until his arrest last year in Panama.
Juarez and his group would ship Central American cocaine via boat to the coast of Mexico then arrange for transportation for the drugs to reach Mexico City. His cartel clients would then provide distribution routes from Mexico City to the drugs ultimate location, the U.S. At the height of Juarez’ drug trafficking activity he was moving eight tons of coke a month.
Juarez was indicted on March 15, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York and was charged with international drug importation and distribution conspiracy. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.