Photo: Alberto Santillan Zamora
A man was arrested for allegedly heading an international drug organization linked to Mexico’s Tijuana cartel, the Peruvian Interior Ministry said.
Alberto Santillan Zamora was arrested last week and on Wednesday he was transferred to Lima from the city of Tingo Maria amid tight security under the direct supervision of Interior Minister Daniel Urresti and National Police commander Jorge Flores.
“The individual who was just transferred worked for the Tijuana cartel and is among the main kingpins sought by the police on the national level,” Urresti said.
He said that in 2002 Santillan had managed to evade law enforcement following the arrests of 37 people after authorities seized more than 1.7 tons of cocaine.
The reputed kingpin was captured in the small town of Pampayacu.
Santillan’s organization set up clandestine laboratories to process raw coca into cocaine and transport it to a port from where it was shipped by sea to the Tijuana cartel, police said.
Peru is among the world’s top three producers of coca leaf.