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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Top Sinaloa Cartel Operator Extradited to the US Along With Four Other Suspects

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat
Heriberto Zazueta Godoy ("El Capi Beto")
Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR) extradited five people to the U.S. One of them was Heriberto Zazueta Godoy ("El Capi Beto"), identified as a high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel member and close confidant of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. He is wanted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for money laundering and drug trafficking.

According the U.S. federal indictment filed against him, between May 2005 and December 2014, El Capi Beto coordinated drug trafficking activities for the Sinaloa Cartel. He was charged with importing large quantities of narcotics from Mexico, Central and South America.

El Capi Beto was born on 3 February 1960 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. In 2013, he was indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for money laundering and drug trafficking. He was identified as a leader of a cell in the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to the indictment, El Capi Beto and others (including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar and the Flores twins) conspired with intent to distribute large sums of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the U.S. from Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

U.S. authorities seize 19-tons of cocaine owned by El Capi Beto's network
In May 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized one of El Capi Beto's cocaine shipments in international waters off the coast of Panama. It was a 19-ton shipment. Authorities described it as the largest maritime cocaine bust in history. Despite this huge loss, El Capi Beto continued to coordinate drug trafficking shipments. 

In 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a branch of the United States Department of the Treasury, sanctioned him under the Kingpin Act for providing financial support to Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. In addition, two relatives of his and three businesses owned or controlled by El Capi Beto were sanctioned. As a result of the sanction, U.S. individuals and entities were prohibited from engaging in business transactions with him. All of El Capi Beto's assets in the U.S. were also frozen.

Kingpin Act chart depicting El Capi Beto and his network
Other extradited suspects
Another of the suspects extradited was Roberto Carlos Gallegos Lechuga, who is wanted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for organized crime involvement, money laundering and drug trafficking. Gallegos-Lechuga was charged with smuggling narcotics from Mexico to the U.S. and helping coordinate cash smuggling activities to Mexico. Authorities believed he laundered the money for a drug cartel in exchange houses he owned in Tijuana, Baja California.

Another suspect is Alejandro Gutiérrez, who is wanted by a court in Cache, Utah, for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. According to the criminal case, the girl was abused for several years. She told her siblings one night that Gutiérrez had climbed to her bed and sexually abused her. Gutiérrez fled to Mexico in 2011 after a judge issued an arrest warrant.
The five suspects extradited; eyes blurred by Mexican authorities
Ernesto Castellanos Martínez is wanted in a San Diego courtroom for the murder of 27-year old Alexander Mazin, who was fatally shot at a 24 Hour Fitness parking lot in February 2018. According to police reports, Mazin was dating Castellanos Martínez's ex-girlfriend. The suspect assaulted his ex-girlfriend multiple times before killing Mazin.

Moisés Mariles was another suspected that was extradited. He is wanted by California state officials for homicide. In June 2002, he reportedly strangled a woman to death inside a hotel room in Los Angeles.


  1. Chapo SNITCHED
    Flores snitched too
    They snitched on hundreds of CDS each and still many on the list to go North to pay 💰 💰
    If the capos were broke, you think the U.S would were their time with these guys? I would say NO

    1. Probably not!

      One complaint I've read from the Mexican government is that they are upset that the U.S. usually gets to keep most of the money seized by this top narcos. Mexico wants part of the share too after these guys are convicted. At the end of the day, this cat-and-mouse game is a business.

      Thanks for reading.

    2. Chapo did not snitch dummy typical hater

    3. Chapo didnt say shit thats why hes rotting in isolation for the rest of his life. Everyone else will plea knowing that even chapo with all his money and political contacts couldnt get a reduced sentence.

    4. @ MX
      It's interesting how US drug forfeiture policies have benefited US. A legitimate complaint in part of Mexican government.
      However, we must take into account of past collusion with cartels by mexican government officials. An issue with US government to keep funneling these assets to those same criminals.
      I believe these massive extraditions to the US of traffickers have reached an agreement of such.
      Why would any country be so obliged to hand someone over without some sort of beneficial reasons. For those who say otherwise; Mexico's homicides rate epidemic hasn't been a concern for foreign countries since it started.

      The only reasoning to this alliance of countries is to curb supply & demand.

    5. I doubt the US government would have allowed Chapo to speak the truth of (governments) involvement. Another contra scandal but with a different agenda behind it.
      If u recall paying attention to Vincentillo's agreement with US officials for continuation of operations.

    6. 10:41 he was not given a chance, but when he was out he snitched on nacho coronel, the beltranes, the arellanos and a lot more guys come on bra you cant be that blind

    7. Well said, if he was a rat the world would of of heard him telling. The snitches were the 1s on the stand telling the whole world what kind of King rats they are.

    8. 4:42 El Chapo is a bean farmer, he did not traffick the meth business inherited by La Mencha after the mexican army took care of Nacho Coronel, also had nothing to win from betraying La Mochoma, but genarco garcia luna
      his presidente FECAL (alias Comandante Borolas) and EPN sure won Arturo beltran leyva's business and Toluca Airport for their PRI/PAN/PANAL AFFAIR while el Chapo kept sending his frijolitos to the US, via the impossible way, tunnels all over the border and through Arizona, land of no way Jose and former DEA agent, Apache sheriff arpayo, nobody but authorized personnel would make it across Arpaio's land.

    9. @12:48 PM: That's true. AMLO has been extraditing high-profile criminals since he got into office. Some of them don't even reach national headlines and it's hard to track who was sent north. I wonder what Mexico is getting in return for such arrangements.

      Thanks for reading!

    10. 9:10 knows what's up. 4:42 is just all wrong,but you can blame Chapo all you want you don't have a real understanding of how it works down there. 9:10 just told you what it is

  2. Excelent another kingpin headed to the slammer, no more Mansion, time to get used to and 8x12 room.

    1. The guy is already circa 60 years old. Anything he gets in the 10 to 15-year range means it's likely over for him. Health problems seem to accelerate behind bars, too. Let's see how many years he gets.

      Thanks for reading.

    2. Mx ur not kidding with the health problems. I did a few years in state. Guys would come in fairly healthy and wind up eating those ramen soups with all the sodium in the flavor packs and come out with high cholesterol and other shir

    3. Anon 11:07 AM: Thanks for sharing your story. I wonder if there's any serious research on this topic (with interviews and statistics of former inmates who now suffer from serious health issues, etc.) I'm assuming it's hard to collect data from people who want to reintegrate to society without others knowing what they went through.

    4. The brother of El Ondeado and El Güero Palma came out in pretty good shape, in spite of the trumped up charges Mexico and the US piled up on them before and after they had served their sentences, EL chapo also spent 5 years in Puente Grande after the AFOS "tried to murder him" in the Guadalajara airport when the mexican Federal Police murdered cardinal Posadas Ocampo for disrespecting presidente salinas de gortari.
      Federal Police Commander Rodolfo Leon Aragon (El Chino León) who headed the death squad is now the PRIISTA mayor of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, but he spent a little time in prison, accused until the shit was cleared up.

  3. The ratting of the twins and others continue to be displayed upon those for their participation. A long & tiresome judicial process for law enforcement with excellent results.

    1. Yep. This guy will likely rat too since he's old and has a huge incentive to live his last few years outside a fortified box.

      Thanks for reading.

    2. 7:59 "excellent results" depend on who is qualifying the BS...
      The balkanization of the drug cartel wars combined with the war for the profitable business between US and mexican cartels allowed with each other and US government allies has cost Mexico about 1 million lives and wide spread drug addiction in the country.

    3. @9:25

      Correction; recent results.

  4. Mx keep up the good work you are staying on top of it! Much respect

    1. Thank you! It makes me happy to do all this for our readers. Thanks for reading!

  5. When you snitch it’s to get less time but if you get life then thers no point in snitching on anyone what’s the benefit of that so I gotta say chapo Guzmán had no reason to snitch

  6. How can chapizi be a snitch if he cant even use internet or make phone calls,some of u are so stupid,hes down for life,let the man enjoy his last year's, his sons got it on lock

    1. Yes what fools Chapo is in it for the long run, he talks to no one,blind fools, good luck if he gets the CV.

  7. Chapo snitched on mochomo and the rest of the Beltran Leyva brothers. Mayo snitched on macho prieto and m1. Together they snitched on hundreds of CDS members and associates in order to keep heat off of their own asses.

    1. Beltran got there airport taken by the PRI the beltrans know that,they can make you think Chapo did everything but he wasn't that powerful

  8. Hi MX. Great job. Of all these people...I'm thankful that the guy who raped a 13 year old is coming to the USA. From what I know...prisoners in the USA love to get ahold of sexual predators,especially ones who abuse children. Welcome to the US prisons. From the day you get in any prison you are sent to, you'll be in Hell on Earth.Well deserved. I'm usually not this passionate unless it's abuse of children. Considering my life's work for the 40+ years has involved with 13
    to 19 year olds. The kids who've been abused who now have mental and substance problems. It breaks my heart multiple times a day. At least one predator will be taken off the streets for years. Many blessings to all. Thanks again MX. Peace.

    1. 4:41 so true The childabusers Do Not Deserve A Day In Court
      They Should Be Hung In Public
      dont waste money or time on them

      the world has millions of abused children That do not get access or cant afford the help to get over it
      SO Many familys continue to abuse for Generations
      some pretty sick people

      It makes me Sick sick to think of these poor children
      I dispise abusers They have no right to live in my eyes

      I remember When 7 yrs old Some Mexican Cowboys were letting children sit on their horses taking pictures
      i loved horses So I sat on saddle the old man put his finger up my bottom side
      I tried to move away No one could see what he was doing
      to me I wanted off that horse
      which for my guardian thought was weird because you could not separate me and Horses
      How could I say what he did to me
      I think of all the little kids that couldnt get away from him
      and it make me ill
      scum are child abusers
      This is the one time I question God Children & babies to be Hurt abused beaten is just the lowest of low for a human being

      I wish prison would hurt this guy but I kinda doubt it 13 to many is not young enough
      Its the under 10 that pisses them off We have more infant killers now then ever before
      Meth has fucked with these low lifers trash eating garbage
      that now they are hurting and KILLING INFANTS
      what man or woman thinks a baby as sex or punching bag ??? Its a BABY defenceless innocent Baby
      if I had my way Anyone WHO touched, saw, ignored abuse of any kind Would be 10 ft in Ground Period and sterilize all others.
      These Drugs are making it worse.. No one wants to talk about these childabusers
      i just want to put them in the ground


    2. Dude sorry that happened to you- but dont think he doesnt have it coming- theyll find out about this and smash him off the yard or kill him- ANY SEX CRIME is a no-no- the age doesnt matter- getting arrested for pissing in an alley can end up getting you put on the sex offender list-


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