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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Mexico extradites to the US the 'Lord of the Tunnels'

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat   Reforma

José Sanchez Villalobos also known as "El topo" or "El Quirino" will be prosecuted by a Federal Court of California

The Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited to the United States a boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, José Sánchez Villalobos, alias "The Lord of the Tunnels".
Also known as "El Topo" or "El Quirino", will be prosecuted in a Federal Court of California.

Sánchez Villalobos is designated as the financial operator of the Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Cartel, and responsible for the narcotunnels of that organization in Tijuana, Baja California.

He was arrested on January 15, 2012 in Zapopan, Jalisco, by Army elements based on a provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes.

The alleged drug dealer was captured following the assurance of $ 15 million in Tijuana on November 18, 2011.

Once the stages of the extradition procedure were exhausted, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) issued the corresponding agreement through which the Government of Mexico granted the extradition of the defendant.

The agreement was firm and enforceable when the legal remedies to which Sánchez Villalobos was entitled were exhausted.

The delivery of the "Lord of the Tunnels" to the US agents designated for transfer to the United States was made at the Toluca International Airport, State of Mexico.

I found this article from April of 2013 published on “The Fix”:

US officials are hoping that the spirit of co-operation between the US and Mexico will continue as they wait to see if Sinaloa Cartel “Chief Financial Officer” José Sánchez-Villalobos will be extradited to the US. Villalobos would face a number of serious charges north of the border, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and financing a pair of sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels on the Southwest border.

US officials were buoyed in March when Mexico extradited César Alfredo Meza-García to face charges that he masterminded a Tijuana-based drug smuggling cell. The extradition was the first under the auspices of newly elected Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and US officials quickly took this a sign that Mexico would continue its record of extraditing scores of cartel operatives to face charges in the US. However the Villalobos case may prove to be more problematic. 

A formal request was made to send Villalobos to San Diego to face prosecution nearly a year ago, and the US is still awaiting an answer. Having grown accustomed to the support of the Calderón administration, these kinds of delays point to an uncertain future for US-Mexico relations in the matter. Sherri Walker Hobson, the US Attorney prosecuting Villalobos’ case in Sand Diego, says: “We’re in a wait-and-see period.”

President Nieto has vowed to carry on in the steps of his predecessors, but his Institutional Revolutionary Party has long prided itself as “a defender of Mexican sovereignty…against US influence,” according to David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of California, San Diego. Before Mexico made its transition from one-party rule in 2000, extraditions were often seen as politically taboo as the country was determined to fight drug traffickers free from US influence. It wasn’t until the election of Vincente Fox that extraditions became the norm and this co-operation was rewarded with generous aid packages to fight the cartels. The number of extraditions to the US more than doubled under President Calderón’s tenure, during which time at least 63,000 people were killed as he escalated the war against the cartels.

Seven years later.......


  1. Chapo SNITCHED... Ironically he still got life

  2. If the Americans get him he will die in prison.

  3. CDS rolling over on everybody. Also doesn’t help when amlo is turning everyone of his employers enemies in.. let’s see how many guys this guy will turn in... SMH

  4. The sad truth is that the debate here about the victims of drugs only mentions that there are so and so many ODs in the US.

    The 1000s of brown victims south of the border are never mentioned.

    All you here is 'much violence' and some show on Netflix etc.

    Very very rascist mindset we have been nurtured.

    1. Why don't you wake up? What a narrow perspective you have. It's obvious to me that you're the racist by the things you wrote. Own it and stop pointing your finger at the US. There is so much death in Mexico that people have become conditioned to it. That's a Mexican problem. Mexicans need to do something about it. Americans aren't killing Mexicans. You're killing each other by the thousands.

    2. Interesting point made.
      Thousands of people of minorities have always been the forefront of epidemics, economic issues and inequality. Second class citizens is what this country has taught many.

    3. no way... are the masses easily manipulated by PROPAGANDA?
      Fake news doesn't care about political abstractions

    4. Racist?? Here we go again with that crap. The ODs on the US side are " brown " too. Difference is, in the US, theres rule of law and people care. In Mexico you just accept it like its normal and ok. Then the corrupt government you keep electing does nothing. Mexico cant get right on their own... the corruption is too deep. But you also dont want help from the US because of your pride. So basically you're screwed... its ok to ask for help.

  5. lol where do they get this nicknames from the Sith lords??? hahaha!!

  6. chivis is there any way i can get or read the declarations of the colombian ramirez abadia in the chapo trail

    1. check with pacer. I have a copy but promised i would not share until available to the public. I published parts of it on BB. each day was about 100 pages in transcript

  7. I lived in TJ during the period of time when some of these tunnels were being constructed. We lived near the border fence in Col. Nido de Las Aguilas. Several times men/kids from the area would be hired from the area to work in the tunnels, or so we heard, and when their work was finished they would be disappeared. To work in the tunnels was like a death sentence.

    1. And they would not get paid, talk about greed.

    2. ,OR SO WE HEARD, sounds about right cant jeopardize the tunnel with others knowing lets hope or wish they got a nice cut and crossed first to the USA. You would assume balling out of those tunnel the jefe be a bit micro generous but then again GREED greedy as the pig

    3. CDS members on this blog aren't keen on people talking in a negative manner about the bestest Cartel in the history of Cartels!! Be careful, very careful

    4. Why did they even do it then? Were they forced?

  8. Great history article 👍, but how much more are sent on Obradors watch?
    How you noticed no one from CJNG has been sent to US prison.


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