Sunday, March 15, 2020

La Familia Michoacana kingpin 'El Rigo' extradited to the U.S.

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'El Rigo'; picture blurred by Mexican officials

A few days ago, Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited Rigoberto Andrade Renteria ("El Rigo"), former high-ranking member of La Familia Michoacana, to the United States.

He was wanted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for conspiring to import cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico.

El Rigo is the brother of drug kingpin Ignacio Andrade Renteria ("El Cenizo"). Both of them worked together producing and trafficking drugs into the U.S. El Rigo was responsible for coordinating smuggling operations while his brother El Cenizo managed the production of narcotics in clandestine drug labs throughout the Tierra Caliente region.

U.S. indictment
On 22 October 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York indicted El Rigo, his brother El Cenizo and Juan Luis Palominos-Sepúlveda for their involvement with La Familia Michoacana.

The two brothers were indicted for drug-related crimes; the last individual was charged with using firearms to further a drug conspiracy. In a separate indictment issued that day, drug kingpin Servando Gomez Martinez ("La Tuta") was also charged with drug trafficking.

When the indictment was filed, La Famialia Michoacana was responsible for smuggling most of the methamphetamine consumed in the Southwestern border of the U.S. The indictment was part of a joint U.S. law enforcement operation known as "Project Coronado" that involved multiple federal agencies. 

Months earlier, in April 2009, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned La Familia Michoacana as a significant foreign drug trafficking organization under the Kingpin Act, essentially freezing all their U.S.-based assets. 

Arrest and extradition
In August 2010, Mexican authorities issued a MXN$5 million bounty for El Rigo's capture. They offered MXN$10 million for his brother. 

In January 2011, El Rigo was arrested by the Mexican Army in Tijuana, Baja California, with two of his accomplices: Raúl Franco López ("El Papayo") and David Bustos Aguilar ("El Mecánico"). El Rigo falsely identified to authorities as Roberto Sanchez Padilla. He was found in possesion of 26.8 kg (59 lbs) of crystal meth and multiple firearms and ammunition.

In June 2017, El Cenizo was arrested by Mexican authorities. Investigators stated he was reportedly the successor of La Tuta in the Knights Templar Cartel.

El Rigo was extradited from the Toluca International Airport. He was one of the top extradition inmates wanted by the U.S. government. If found guilty in the U.S., El Rigo faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

31 comments:

  1. This crafted design of extraditions clearly indicates a political agenda. A political agenda as to whom & who will be extradited. While many high profile individuals remain untouchable.
    This generosity comes with a price tag. Who will remain in the end?

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  2. Wonder who rated him doubt? Could it have it been el chapo?

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  3. Long since replaced, and the long arm of the law.

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  4. U.S put a stop to that CARTEL fast, mostly because CHAPO SNITCHED... Keeping the heat off of him. Chapo was smart on not choosing sides when mencho and la familia were at war.. Calderon went after them HARD too THOUGH, I'm surprised they're still are around

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  5. CSRL attacked a bar in Salamanca yesterday, 10+ injured

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    1. Whoever did it are destined for swift justice, they also murdered a young boy walking across the street.

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  6. I guess Cenizo will be going North in the next few years. Is Palomino Sepulveda related to Botos and his brother Jando/Fresa?

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    1. Good question. Considering we still don’t really “know” if Fresa is in prison, it’s fair to see him and his brother are super heavy right now.

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  7. Ese senor estaba jugando in the grandes ligas casi 60 mil lbs estaba pesado el senor

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  8. Uhh is that 26,800 kg as in 26 tons or 26-comma??? Can't be tons can it?

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    1. I posted this above but will respond to you, too. I took it from the Sedena source:

      "En un primer momento RIGOBERTO ANDRADE se identificó como ROBERTO SÁNCHEZ PADILLA, a quien se le aseguraron 26.800 kilogramos de droga sintética conocida como “Cristal".

      I'm assuming a typo from them or did I read it incorrectly? I know in Mexico they often replace the comma with a period while using numbers.

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    2. 26 kilograms and 800 grams= 26.800 kg
      According to propaganda enough to kill 26 million people.

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    3. Thanks for the clarification. I've amended the publication.

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  9. Why are his eyes blacked out?

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    1. It's been a standard practice since Mexico's New Criminal Justice System (Nuevo Sistema de Justicia Penal, NSJP) became a nationwide ruling in 2016. The government argues that covering the eyes of the suspects helps preserve presumption of innocence. Last names are generally not released to the public anymore for that very reason.

      Former President Felipe Calderón was criticized a lot when his government presented criminals to the press because some said the mug shots and media presentations helped glorify criminals. I'm assuming that played a factor at some point when this law was implemented.

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    2. If anything, blacking out the eyes protects the criminals...

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    3. Blacking out criminals have more rights in de Mexico.

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  10. Holy fuck over 26,000 keys of meth ? That’s insane

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    1. I posted this above but will respond to you, too. I took it from the Sedena source:

      "En un primer momento RIGOBERTO ANDRADE se identificó como ROBERTO SÁNCHEZ PADILLA, a quien se le aseguraron 26.800 kilogramos de droga sintética conocida como “Cristal".

      I'm assuming a typo from them or did I read it incorrectly? I know in Mexico they often replace the comma with a period while using numbers.

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    2. Pinches güeyes no saben decimales?
      26 kilos, (kilograms) 1 Kg = 1 000 grams, 26 Kg = 26 000 grams
      +8 tenths of a kilo, (1000/10 × 8)
      +0 hundredths of a kilo and (1000÷100)
      +0 grams of a kilo (1000÷1000) thousandth of a kilo
      26.8 = 26.80 = 26.800 = 26.80000000000000 kilos,
      but after the grams it is worthless naming the zero values.

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    3. Thanks for the clarification. I've amended the publication.

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  11. He look like Felix Gallardo with the black strip

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  12. Excelent another kingpin to get the pokey. More to go.

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  13. dude is going to do hard time. you get extradited to U.S. its game over. you can kiss your azz goodbye. even 701 knows that he will die @ adx. being a narco isnt worth it. always running and hiding looking to get shot from a rival cartel or risk being captured by DEA/CIA. find a different line of work kids. you aint gonna make it.

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    1. Unfortunately, when today's entertainment industry and music industry glorify this type of behavior. Expect many to undertake this path of ignorance than educational reasoning.
      A truth of what happens when money comes into play for these industries.
      The anticipated Narco series has more life than one picking up a book instead.

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    2. 6:42 I read The Godfather book in two or three days almost non stop, in English, I saw it was a combination of many real life events, and that the author had to compress everything to fit a 3 hour movie, but I was impressed with the results.

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  14. El Rigo has been in prison about 10 years, his charges carry about 10 years, he will be free with time served unless somebody wants to pile up some other charges...
    Propaganda, thy will be done.

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    1. Good point. U.S. considers time served in Mexico when handing out a sentence. Curious to see how much he gets!

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