Ignacio Coronel Villareal considered one of the leaders in the cartel of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman in Jalisco and one of the main partners of the capo, "might have been arrested," admitted the secretary general of state government, Fernando Guzmán Pérez Peláez.
In a brief interview made Public, the Secretary was asked about a major operation carried out by the Federal Police and the Navy, where the arrest of the aide of El Chapo Guzman was assumed carried out: "If you could be arrested Nacho Coronel" he answered.
He immediately added that, based the secrecy of investigations that follow such significant arrest and based on the fact that most wanted criminals use different names to cover up their identity, he could not fully confirmed that the arrest involved Nacho Coronel. "It has not been confirmed, but there was a major operation.
At this point we cannot confirm or rule out anything," said Fernando Guzman. The version that Nacho Coronel was arrested started to make its round around in the Mexican media. He is considered by the FBI to be one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the world.
The Secretary of Government confirmed the large scale operations involving the police and military forces in the state left open the possibility that one of the detainees in the operation was Coronel Villarreal.
The objective of the operations was to locate major drug traffickers in the state and the operations were held in the municipality of Juanacatlán and the metropolitan area of Guadalajara. Federal police and elements of the marines Participated in the operation.
Ignacio Coronel Villareal, Nacho Coronel, is one of the most powerful men in the structure of the criminal organization of the Pacific cartel (Sinaloa) which is commanded by Archivaldo Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo.
Born in the town of Canelas, Durango, he joined the ranks of the drug cartels at a very young age and is responsible for the plaza of the West states and part of the Pacific coast. He is wanted by U.S. federal authorities for organized crime and drug smuggling.
In recent months, military intelligence has been following his steps, but according to reports by federal authorities they started a new strategy to find his whereabouts. The armed forces conducted an operation in one of the exclusive subdivisions in the area of Lake Chapala and located the residence of the capo in a place known as El Molino.
Also known as "El Ingeniero" or "The Engineer" he is considered one of the strategic men in the drug trafficking in the country. His ability to maintain good international relations have unable him to have contacts with Colombian cartels for the purpose of importing cocaine and methamphetamine, the main source of business of the Sinaloa cartel.
On April 4, 2010 his son, Colonel Alexander of 16 years of age, was killed at the hands of Los Zetas and the Beltran Leyva cartel, led by Héctor Beltrán Leyva, "El H." This prompted Nacho to ordered the execution of the alleged assassins who were responsible for the executing his firstborn. Several bodies appeared days executed and burned in Xalisco, Nayarit. Among the dead was "El Pepino" or "5-5" who was known to command the plaza in Xalisco and a soldier for Beltran Leyva.
A little less than a month, Clara Helena Laborin Archuleta, the wife of "El H," was kidnapped by people of colonel in the state of Sonora, but she was later released.
At the scene was found a narco-message: "We are going to teach you to be a man and respect the family, you child killer. Here is your wife, whom you refused to answer for, I deliver her to you safe and healthy so you can learn that for us the family is sacred." Previously a battle between the group of El Nacho against Los Zetas and Beltran Leyva had been ongoing.
According to the warrant that the FBI has on Nacho Coronel, he controls the Plaza de Jalisco, Guadalajara as his principal places of operations.
On December 17, 2003, Villarreal was indicted by a grand jury in the Western District of Texas. In addition, in December 19, 2003, a warrant was issued in the same district accusing Villarreal of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The U.S. government is offering a reward of five million dollars for information leading to his arrest.