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Sinaloa Cartel Member Wanted by U.S. Arrested in Mexico City

Friday, December 30, 2011 |

A Sinaloa cartel member who was the subject of a $5 million reward being offered by the United States was arrested at the Mexico City international airport, the Public Safety Secretariat said Wednesday.

Luis Rodriguez Olivera,  El Güero, was detained Tuesday after he was spotted by a group of Federal Police officers, the secretariat said.

The 39-year-old suspect also used the alias Jose Luis Sanchez Jimenez.

“This suspected criminal is accused of money laundering, as well as criminal conspiracy to import, possess and distribute cocaine in the United States, where there is a warrant out for his arrest with the aim of international extradition,” the secretariat said in a statement.

Rodriguez Olivera, who was born in Tototlan, Jalisco, is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a federal court in New York on May 22, 2010.

The suspect, according to intelligence reports, smuggled cocaine into the United States via Texas.

Rodriguez Olivera and his brothers, Esteban, Daniel and Miguel, ran the Los Gueritos gang, which smuggled several tons of cocaine into the United States between 1996 and 2008, the secretariat said.

The gang reportedly works for the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug trafficking organization.

Of the other brothers, Esteban was arrested in Mexico in 2008 for extradition to the United States, Miguel died in Yucatan state in August and Daniel remains a fugitive.

Luis Rodriguez Olivera was taken to a federal prison, where the Attorney General’s office will take custody of him.

This is the second arrest in the past week of a powerful Sinaloa cartel member.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, suspected of being in charge of the Sinaloa cartel’s operations in Durango state and of being the security chief for Guzman, was paraded before reporters Monday in Mexico City.

Cabrera, who was captured by army troops last Friday, is being held in preventive detention for 40 days, allowing prosecutors to gather more evidence against him.

Army special forces troops detained Cabrera in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state.

Cabrera was the “right-hand man” of Guzman and ran the criminal organization’s business in Durango and the southern part of Chihuahua state, officials said.

Cabrera supposedly served as Guzman’s security chief at his headquarters in the mountains of Durango, where U.S. officials suspect Mexico’s most-wanted man has been hiding for several years.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a reward of $5 million for him.

Forbes magazine estimates that Guzman has a fortune of more than $1 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Guzman, who was born in 1957 in La Tuna, Sinaloa, was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

Source: EFE

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Anonymous said...

A sinaloa cartel member or an ex sinaloa cartel member that joined los zetas???

The goverment is trying really hard to make it seem like they dont support the sinaloa cartel,but every logical citizen in Mexico can differentiate between reality,and fiction,or better yet a failed attempt to fool the average person.

Calderon promised to capture El Chapo before his presidency was over,but everyone knows he is talking out of his ass.

Anonymous said...

yah i read on blogdelcapo.com dat he was once a sinaloa cartel member but den joined los zetas in 2005. plus anyway how is dis a blow to da sinaloa cartel wen he aint even a leader or boss he was jus an associate n plus his brother daniel will take over.

common mexico if u really want to take down da cartels it has to be da TOP leaders not the lieutinets or bussiness associates

Anonymous said...

They found computers when arresting Sarabia. Guzman is next.

Capo said...

Are these the same guys associated with Don Salazar that was a big wig before his capture in Sonora? I remember reading that he was put on a kill list by Chapo for working both sides, CDJ and Sinaloa. Most of his trusted troops were from Los Gueritos and Los Salazar.

Texcoco said...

According to American authorities, Rodriguez and his gang broke away from El Chapo's federation around 2005 and tried to work independently. Eventually, pressured by the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels, the Rodriguez brothers moved their operations to Leon, Guanajuato, and established a strong relationship with the Zetas drug cartel.

Historically, the Rodriguez-Olivera DTO had a strong working relationship with the Mexican Federation, a cooperating group of DTOs which occasionally share resourced such as transportation routes and money launderers. However, in or about 2005, the Rodriguez-Olivera DTO split from the Federation when Luis and Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera failed to pledge their allegiance to Ignacio Coronel-Villareal. When Los Gueros were asked to choose between the Gulf Cartel and the Federation, they chose not to ally with either. This neutral stance was not tolerated neither the Gulf Cartel nor the Federation would continue to work with Los Gueros. As a result, in order to continue their operations, Los Gueros relocated to Leon, Guanajuato. Once in Leon, Los Gueros established a strong relationship with Los Zetas DTO. This relationship was seen as necessary by Los Gueros due to the fact that Los Zetas controlled the routes in southern Texas needed to transship narcotics into the US.

Anonymous said...

Capo you are so stupid or something. Why don't you go comment somewhere else.

Capo said...

@10:38pm Learn to read and write correctly before posting on a forum. "Capo, are you stupid?" Why don't you comment somewhere else?
Hope this helps you out in the future. Indio:)

Anonymous said...

@9:26 Yeah thats what everyone thought when they killed Nacho Coronel,and found computers in his house,but I guess those computers didnt have any valuable information,which is kinda hard to believe.

Anonymous said...

Hope this helps you out in the future. Indio:).

Dispensa Capo gringo o Europeo I confuse you with some one else, from now on you are nocapoti chichinipul. And yes I'm an Indio from Oaxaca de Juárez in other words Oaxaca Huaxyacac you will be a great teacher one day seras el gran cuica ana tliltic.

Capo said...

@3:00pm Gracias Indio, pero que no pasa otra vez. I recommend that you take English 101 as soon as possible. Your grammar and punctuation are terrible. I am just trying to help you. Good luck.:)

Anonymous said...

O.K. Capo I will try to take English 101 since I don't have any schooling in the U.S. Once again the fight wasn't with you it was with someone else.
Maybe you need to take Spanish 101 ( Gracias Indio, pero que no pasa otra vez. ) ( Gracias Indio, pero que no pase otra vez.)

Capo said...

Good eye Indio, you may have some hope after all. You passed my test. Now just concentrate on educating yourself here in the states. I know I would not want to post on any forum if I could not speak, read, or write the language. I wish you luck and nothing but the best in 2012. Try not to call people stupid in the future, unless you have a good argument. It makes you look ignorant and uneducated.

Anonymous said...

Capo I don't have any education in the U.S, but I speak and write Spanish, Nahuatl, and some English.

Anonymous said...

Que bueno q le contestast a ese capito x q el ignorant es el x q no entiend NAHUATL.

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