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Alleged Juárez Cartel Leader Arrested

Friday, July 27, 2012 |

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By Lourdes Cárdenas
El Paso Times

A top leader of the Juárez drug cartel who was born in the United States was arrested Friday night in Mexico City, federal police authorities said.

Benjamin Valeriano Jr., also known as "El Cachitas," was identified as one of the main operators of the Juárez cartel. According to authorities, he worked for Guillermo Castillo Rubio, "El Pariente," who was arrested in 2012 and who was considered the second in command after Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, who is known as "El Viceroy."

Valeriano, 32, was born in Pecos, Texas, and allegedly started his criminal career in 1998 distributing drugs in the United States, Mexican officials said. Later, he moved to Ojinaga, Chihuahua, where he was allegedly moving drugs from Parral, Jiménez, Camargo, Manuel Benavides and Villa Ahumada, Mexican authorities said.

Valeriano is on the most-wanted list of the Drug Enforcement Administration in El Paso. He was charged with continuing a criminal enterprise and conspiracy.

An affidavit in support of his extradition was filed in U.S. District Court in Pecos on Nov. 21, 2011.

The affidavit is based on Crispin Borunda-Cardenas' deposition in which he, as the former leader of a drug-trafficking organization in Chihuahua, stated that in 1997, Valeriano smuggled large quantities of marijuana from Mexico to the United States for his organization.

The affidavit states, "Valeriano was very successful and quickly began to oversee some marijuana smuggling operations for me. From 1997 through 2003, Valeriano conspired with me and others, both known and not known, to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana."

In the affidavit, Borunda-Cardenas said that he and Valeriano began to have problems about 2004 because other people were running their own drug-trafficking organization.

By that time, the affidavit continues, Carrillo Fuentes took control of the distribution of marijuana in Ojinaga. Then Carrillo Fuentes put Valeriano in charge of the "Ojinaga plaza."

Valeriano became part of the Juárez cartel command, almost at the same time that José Luis Ledezma, also known as "El JL," became the leader of "La Línea," the armed branch of the organization.

Valeriano was arrested in Lomas de Chapultepec, a wealthy neighborhood in Mexico City, where he supposedly moved after the arrest of José Antonio Acosta Hernández, also known as "El Diego." Acosta Hernández was extradited to the U.S.

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15 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Wheres the news about the la familia capo being caught? el tinaco was caught in el DF today.

El Chiludo

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to JL? Is he really dead?

Al quds said...

There just guna love him in prison especially
cuse he was born in America cuse he had a
Chance to make it in America. But instead
He Choose this lifestyle.there guna just love him.

Anonymous said...

Mexican police officer - The worlds most hardcore job? When I see these headlines, police in Mexico arrest some cartel man I think wow, those guys are tuff. The ones who turn down bribes and actually do their job to help the honest mexicans deserve alot of credit. You have to be tuff to go to work in the morning and know that the people you chase are completly insane, you have seen what they are capabel of doing, they have kidnapped police before. Two thumbs up to the honest mexican police officers, you guys do one hell of a job.

Anonymous said...

Cachitas lost protection in Mexico he was fuckin up better off taking a vacation for the rest of his life than dead at 34

Anonymous said...

And yet they haven't found the top leaders of the cartel or an drug warehouse or stash house or safe house all what a joke mexico is

Anonymous said...

Ala verga la linea....

Anonymous said...

Ala la verga los putos que ponen dedo como los de culiacan!! FUCK SNITCHLOA!!!

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Anonymous said...

PURO DEDO SINALOA!! Arriba el chaputo pero de un fierote! Pinches jotos!! No ay ni un hombre de guevos con esos culeros! Por eso son de culiacan! RESPETO A LOS MAZALTECOS!!

Al quds said...

Cartelscums don't care about the
Health of Mexico all they care about is
There JEFES/druglords Agenda.

Al quds said...

I know that Mexicos society was basically made by narco profit
But. This war has to end one day
If not this country is just guna be
A country going to full scale civil war
Or just. Imagine a class room and. Each
Desk has a different nation but
When you look at Mexico no one want
to sit next to him because Mexico is tied
To A chair. Being asked who dose he work for. Getting. Decapitated and hacked to pieces by the
End of class.

Gente New said...

Mazatlecos era del Chapo have muchos anos poreso tienen agallas. So no abras el chupaverga so el negocio es eso. Y si note Te cave pos no duras nada en la mafia. Como esperas tener billions sin que el gobierno se de cuenta de operaciones? La mafia y el govierno son uno metetelo once t quepa comps!!!

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