|Alberto Santillan Zamora, alleged cocaine provider for the Tijuana Cartel.|
The Interior Ministry of Peru announced the arrest of an alleged Peruvian drug trafficker accused of leading an international drug organization linked to the Tijuana cartel.
Alberto Santillan Zamora was taken to Lima, Peru after his arrest in the jungle city of Tingo Maria, in a heavily guarded operation supervised by the Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, and the Director of the National Police, Jorge Flores.
"The individual just transferred worked for the Tijuana Cartel and is among the most wanted criminal leaders in the nation." said Urresti.
In 2002, Santillan managed to evade justice, following the arrest of 37 involved in the seizure of more than 1.7 tons of cocaine.
The alleged kingpin was known by the nicknames of "Chang" or "Old man" and was captured in the town of Pampayacu last Thursday.
According to His arrest warrant, his organization was known as "Safari" and operated in the regions of Lima, Ayacucho, Chimbote, Trujillo and the Huallaga Amazonian Valley.
Santillan´s organization built clandestine laboratories used to create cocaine paste then process cocaine hydrochloride and then made arrangements to transport it to a shipping port where it was shipped by sea to the Tijuana Cartel.
For that reason, Santillan had an arrest warrant against him and was included in the Peruvian list of criminal organization leaders in 2013.
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