Saturday, January 29, 2011
"El Lobo" extradited to the U.S.
Mexico has extradited “El Lobo” Oscar Orlando Nava Valencia, former kingpin of the “cartel de los Valencia” or Milenio cartel, to the U.S. to face charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
The transfer of custody from AFI (Federal Investrigative Agency) officials to representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service for Nava Valencia was held January 27 at the airport in Toluca, Mexico.
Nava Valencia was captured after a gun battle with Mexican Army troops on October 28, 2009 in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco.
“El Lobo” and his brother Juan "El Tigre" Nava Valencia were responsible for the planning and movement of cocaine shipments from South and Central America to the port of Manzanillo, Colima from where it was smuggled into the United States.
After the arrest of “El Lobo”, Juan Nava Valencia took over the leadership of the Milenio cartel until May 6, 2010 when he also was arrested during an army operation in Guadalajara.
According to Mexican law enforcement investigators, “El Lobo” was a collaborator in trafficking operations with Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel and had close links with the Sinaloa Cartel and Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzman.
The Nava Valencia brothers and Nacho Coronel had as their center of operations the states of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit, and also had a presence in Michoacan. Investigators believe the void left after the death of Coronel and the arrests of the Valencias are the main reason for the violent dispute for control of drug trafficking in Jalisco and Nayarit.
The criminal origin of the "Valencia" or "Milenio” cartel dates from the early 1990's, when they were in control of the planting and harvesting of Marijuana and Opium in the area along the border between the states of Jalisco and Michoacan, and formed a wide drug distribution network on U.S. soil.
Extraditan a EU al lider de los Valencia
Capturan al lider del cartel de los Valencias