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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Former Chihuahua Police Officer Who Worked as a Sinaloa Cartel Lieutenant Was Extradited to the US

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Fernando Arellano-Romero is also known by the following aliases: Rayo, Gamma, Blue Demon,  and Twentyfour
Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited two Mexican nationals to the United States over the weekend. One of them was Fernando Arellano Romero, alias El Rayo or El Gama, former Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant who worked under Sinaloa Cartel drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Fernando, along with his brother Luis, were part of a list of 22 co-defendants charged in an investigation carried out by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Fernando was arrested in July 2012 in Santa Catalina, a neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. He was one of the most-wanted fugitives sought by the DEA in El Paso, Texas.

Unlike previous administrations, the presidency of Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador (AMLO) has opted to extradite more high-ranking drug cartel leaders to the US. As reported by Borderland Beat, over 44 people have been extradited to the US since 2018. Most of them were from the Sinaloa Cartel.

Background and indictments

Fernando Arellano Romero, born in Mexico in 1964, was a officer of the Chihuahua State Police. He was recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel in Chihuahua in the late 2000s to help them in their war against the old Juarez Cartel.

In his first US indictment, Fernando was charged for his alleged participation in the kidnapping of Sergio Saucedo, a man who lived in Horizon City, Texas. Saucedo was a known drug-dealer for the Sinaloa Cartel who had allegedly lost a 670-pound load of marijuana that was seized at the Sierra Blanca US Border Patrol (USBP) checkpoint on August 5, 2009.

School children being dropped off at a bus stop in Horizon City witnessed Saucedo’s kidnapping in broad daylight on September 3, 2009. His wife told deputies the men broke into the house, bound Saucedo with duct tape and carried him out the back door to the driveway, where he was stuffed into a dark sport utility vehicle with no license plates.

Days after his kidnapping, Saucedo was found tortured and killed in Ciudad Ju谩rez with his severed hands left on his chest as a sign that he was considered a thief. The killers stuffed plastic bags into Saucedo's mouth and taped his eyes. A written message was left at the scene.

Fernando's brother Luis Arellano-Romero. He is known by the following aliases: Elio, Bichy, Luis Romero, Helio. Arrested in 2016, he was extradited to the US in 2019.

The second indictment alleges that on May 7, 2010, Fernando and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel conspired to kidnap and murder an American citizen and two members of his family. Specifically, US investigators said that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (alias 'El Jaguar'), caused an individual in El Paso to travel to a wedding ceremony in Juarez to confirm the identity of a target. The target was the groom, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Columbus, New Mexico.

Under Torres Marrufo’s orders, the groom, his brother and his uncle were all kidnapped during the wedding ceremony and subsequently tortured and murdered. Their bodies were discovered by Juarez police a few days later in the bed of an abandoned pickup truck. Additionally, a fourth person was killed during the kidnapping at the wedding ceremony.

This investigation resulted in the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, and thousands of pounds of marijuana in cities throughout the U.S.  Law enforcement also took possession of millions of dollars in drug proceeds which were destined to be returned to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

Agents and officers likewise seized hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition intended to be smuggled into Mexico to assist the Sinaloa Cartel's war in Ciudad Juarez.

Sources: El Debate; Milenio; Notimerica; Borderland Beat archives

Fernando Arellano-Romero - ... by MX

21 comments:

  1. HE'S GONNA SNITCH馃槂馃槂馃槂

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    1. Everyone from every cartel does it.drug Dealers have No honor

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    2. Nah. Just Sinaloa snitches.

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  2. The violence in reynosa summed up too 23 dead

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  3. Anyone else see a John Wayne Gacy resemblance or am I just weird??

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  4. The ONLY GOVERNMENT officials that DON'T face any charges are from SINALOA..
    THAT'S strange because that state is KNOWN for CARTELS..
    Cahuila, veracruz and tamaulipas all zeta states at one point have governors charged.. NOT that they did ANYTHING to them besides a slap on the WRIST but STILL..

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    1. Caps kid menso.

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    2. Top Government/Law enforcement working directly under CDS like Gerardo Garcia Luna would not go against their Cartel bosses.

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    3. 11:13 Don't forget too, government curupt officials also working with CJNG, they are let to advance with minimal interference from government.

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  5. Original reporting about Sergio's death from 2010 here.

    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/02/levanton-in-el-paso-executed-in-juarez.html

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    1. are there other documented cases like this one?

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  6. Emma Coronel's case has been really quiet, making a deal with the feds? Yes she is, and now this guy? Man ive yet to see a cds member who doesnt snitch, mayo and chapo did a really good job at teaching this guys how to snitch, good job Cdsnitches you are living up to your name 馃憤

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    1. Dude everyone has snitches sure theirs a few who hold it down but in the end everyone is looking out for what is best for them

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    2. There you playing the CDS snitch card, they do great now move along.

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    3. 10:06 Lets not forget, CHAPO SNITCHED!!!

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  7. M10 and jaguar were the plaza bosses in Juarez in 2008 but m10 went on his own later his brother Amado still on the loose his brother in law was a doctor he's the one that turned in Mario Nunez mesa and El chapo

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