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Sunday, April 11, 2021

An Overview of All 44 Extraditions Under President López Obrador

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat (formerly "MX")

Mexico has opted for extradition as a means to keep the United States “happy” on the issue of the fight against drug trafficking. The Mexican government has turned over 44 suspected criminals, most of them from the Sinaloa Cartel.

In prison there are 61 other targets of the US justice system, some of which they have already formalized their extradition request. Among the top cartel bosses US authorities want is Rafael Caro Quintero, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, and Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes.

But these figures have not been arrested, along with 25 more fugitives the US is request from Mexico. Writs of amparo motions in Mexico generally extend the extraditable persons in Mexican soil.

For the Mexican government, one of the formulas to get along with its northern neighbor, in addition to helping contain migrants from the southern border, has been to extradite leaders and members of the most reputable criminal organizations without putting as many obstacles as there were in previous administrations. Unlike the past administrations, which have been punctilious in aspects of legality, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has been quite flexible.

Note from Borderland Beat: This picture issued by Zeta Tijuana newspaper shows José de Jesús Méndez Vargas ('El Chango') as Ramon Moreno Madrigal ('El Llavero').

López Obrador had an excellent relationship on the issue with former US President Donald Trump, but in Joe Biden's short term, he has already handed over two Mexican prisoners, one of them considered a top player in organized crime that operated in both countries: Raúl Flores Hernández "El Tío". El Tio was a criminal who skillfully carried out negotiations for both the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

In two years and three months, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) and the Attorney General's Office (FGR) have delivered to the U.S. Marshall the following criminals:

* 10 members of the Sinaloa Cartel

* 6 of the CJNG

* 3 of the Arellano Felix or Tijuana Cartel (CAF)

* 3 of the Beltrán Leyva Organization

* 3 of the Juárez Cartel

* 3 leaders of Los Zetas cells

From the following criminal groups, one person was extradited: Gulf Cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Los Rojos, Los Laredo, Los Granado, and Barrio Azteca.

In addition, there is a list of 25 extraditable persons who have not been apprehended by Mexican authorities, headed by Rafael Caro Quintero, the alleged perpetrator of the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena in 1985.

There are 13 Sinaloa Cartel members currently pending to be arrested, as well as eight from the CJNG, two from the Beltrán Leyva, one from the old Guadalajara Cartel, and another independent or whose criminal affiliation was not expressed.

13 inmates are considered independent, including the former governor of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández Flores. There is also one inmate from each of the following organizations: Los Caballeros Templarios, Barrio Azteca, Los Granados, Guerreros Unidos and the WSK gang from Los Angeles.

For the current Mexican government administration, whose criminal policy does not have the war against drug trafficking as a priority, it has been easy to resolve that the best way to give stability and governability to the country is to get rid of those priority objectives to the US.

Those Extradited

Although extraditions began slowly during the first months of the government of López Obrador, by April 2019 the extradition of Óscar Adán Rodríguez Guevara, alias “El Güero Chihuahua”, from the CAF, was record.

On July 12 of that year, Mexico delivered Jesús Navarrete Castelán, alias "El Papayo", a member of the Los Rojos criminal group.

And on the 30th of that same month, the FGR extradited the former member of the Sinaloa Cartel, Nayar Josué Beltrán Campos, alias “Ingeniero”. All of these suspects were extradited for their outstanding drug charges.

Those first months of the administration were calculating. However, the acceleration in the matter of extraditions with the US began on October 27, 2019, when Mexico delivered René Roque Martínez, an alleged sexual abuser of two minors in Oakland. Two days later, the governor of Coahuila, Jorge Juan Torres López, accused on charges of criminal association to commit money laundering, bank fraud and fraud, was extradited. On November 17, it was the turn of Luis Arellano Romero -- man close to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán -- was extradited to Texas.

In December of that year there were seven extraditions. The first, on the 17th, was of Noel “El Flaco” Salgueiro Nevarez, operator of “El Chapo” in Chihuahua. Then six deliveries would arrive on the 24th, among those extradited was Caros Ávalos Herrera and / or Gustavo Rivera Martínez, the famous “P-1” from CAF. He was sent along with: Ismael Zambada Imperial "El Mayito Gordo", son of kingpin Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada; Mario Núñez Meza "M-10"; José María Guizar Valencia “El Z43”; José Odilón Ramírez Perales "El Kuno"; Francisco Hernández García "El Panchillo" and Juan Carlos Juárez Torres.

On January 14, 2020, eight men were extradited from the Juárez, the Gulf, Los Zetas and Los Laredo cartels: Gilberto Barragán “El Tocayo”, wanted in Washington; Benjamín Valero or Mario Hernández Cázares "El Cachitas"; Pedro Sánchez "El Sol"; Luis Carlos Vázquez Barragán "El 20"; William de Jesús Torres Solórzano and Ismael Laredo Donjuan “Don Juan”. All of them alleged drug traffickers.

Jorge “G” and Roberto “A”, independent drug distributors on US soil, were also handed over.

The same month of January, but on the 20th, the FGR extradited José Sánchez Villalobos “Señor de los Túneles”, another operator of the Sinaloa Cartel. On the 26th there were another six transfers to the other side of the border. From the same Sinaloan clan, Jorge Antonio Ceniceros Román and Mario Hidalgo Arguello “Nariz” changed jail; Jaime Granados Rendón, leader of the gang of human traffickers that bears his surname; Martín Pérez Marrufo, from the Barrio Azteca band; Ramón Moreno Madrigal “El Llavero”, cousin of the former leader of La Familia Michoacana, Nazario Moreno González, “El Chayo”; and the drug dealer Nelson Matías Renteria Villarreal.

On February 9, the national government handed over five subjects for extradition: Apolinar Dagio Huerta “El Poly”; Jesús Contreras Arceo "El Canasto"; Jesús Rosario Favela Astorga "Mayonnaise" or "Chuy"; and Peter "A". On the 21st, the FGR extradited Rubén Oseguera González “El Menchito”, son of the leader of the CJNG, “El Mencho”, in a momentous decision. On March 1, Ramón Villarreal Hernández “El Mon”, operator of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, was crossed to the American side; on the 17th, Heriberto Zazueta Godoy “El Capi Beto”, from the Sinaloa Cartel, was transferred to California; and on the 23rd of the same month, Víctor Zapién Venegas “Domingo”, from the CJNG, was extradited.

From then on, the frequency dropped a bit, but there have been extraditions. On June 14, Mexico handed over Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, alias "El Ingeniero", operator of "El Chapo" Guzmán. On November 1, they also extradited José Pineda Arzate "El Avispón", financial operator of the CJNG. On the 8th, U.S. Marshall took charge of Gerónimo Gámez García “El Primo”, from the Beltrán Leyva Organization.

On January 10, 2021, the FGR extradited Juan Padilla Vizcarra, alias “El Cherry”, a notable member of the CJNG. On February 8, Mexico extradited Raúl Flores Hernández, alias “El Tío”, wanted for his alleged relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG.

Those Pending

Among the criminals pending to be extradited, there are still people in Mexico of very high criminal caliber, either because of their leadership in criminal groups, because of their kinship with other bosses, because of the seriousness of their actions, or because of the government's inability to arrest and/or extradite them.

Those extraditable at the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 ('Altiplano') include Mario Cárdenas Guillén, brother of the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas Guillen. He is imprisoned in Mexico and wanted for drug charges in Texas. In addition, there is Ángel Humberto Chávez Gastélum “Don Ángel”, wanted for multiple charges in California. He is also imprisoned in Mexico.

Other inmates in Altiplano with pending extradition requests include Servando Gómez Martínez “La Tuta”, from Los Caballeros Templarios; Fernando Sánchez Arellano "The Engineer", from the CAF; Jorge Iván Gastélum Ávila “El Cholo Iván”, from the Sinaloa Cartel; Abigael González Valencia "El Cuini", from the CJNG and Los Cuinis; Carlos Arturo Quintana "El 80", from La Línea; Jaime Durán González “El Hummer”, from Los Zetas; Édgar Pineda Celis “El Chato”, from Guerreros Unidos; and the couple Antonio Laredo Donjuan and Mercedes Barrios Hernández, from Los Laredo.

In various prisons in Mexico there are other criminals who, formally or preliminarily, have already been requested by the US: Jesús Ricardo Patrón Sánchez "El H-3", brother of Juan Francisco "El H-2", splinters from the Beltrán Leyva clan; Enrique Arballo Talamantes "El Junior", from La Linea; Eugenio Hernández Flores, former governor of Tamaulipas; J. Jesús Méndez Vargas “El Chango”, from La Familia Michoacana; the brothers Martín, Héctor and Sergio, surnames Avendaño Ojeda, of the Sinaloa Cartel; and Édgar Alejandro Herrera Pardo “Cabo 8”, from the CJNG.

Among those not arrested, and among those who weigh important rewards offered by the US government, are Rafael Caro Quintero, former leader of the Guadalajara Cartel, who was released due to a judicial failure on August 9, 2013; Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel; Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes "El Mencho", head of the CJNG, in coordination with his brothers-in-law "Los Cuinis"; and the children of “El Chapo” Guzmán, Ovidio and Joaquín Guzmán López, as well as Jesús Alfredo and Archivaldo Iván Guzmán Salazar.

The three fugitives who escaped on January 29, 2020, from a Mexixco City penitentiary before being extradited to the US are Víctor Félix Beltrán “El Vic”, Luis Fernando Meza González and Yael Osuna Navarro, of the Sinaloa Cartel.

In addition, neither has Fausto Isidro Meza Flores "El Chapo Isidro", of the Los Mazatlecos group, who operate for the Beltrán Leyva in Sinaloa and Nayarit, has been arrested.

List of those extradited under President AMLO. Left column is for the criminals' names, center column is for their criminal group and/or crime, and right column is for their extradition date.

Fugitive criminals with pending extradition requests. Left column for their names, right column for their criminal group and/or crimes.

Inmates in Mexico with pending US extraditions; left column for names, right column for criminal group and/or crimes.

More inmates in Mexico with pending US extraditions; left column for names, right column for criminal group and/or crimes.

Source: Zeta Tijuana


  1. Amlo and Mexico will continue to be a puppet of the greatest country in the world

    1. What country is the greatest in the world? Surely not the one had 100 mass shootings in 2021 and we are just 4 months in? It's such a great country that people are killing each other.

    2. The greatest country in the world? The country that was founded by betrayal and imperialism? I am an american, and used to think like that because I was taught to. When I decided to educate myself on the history of North, Central and South America, I learned that what I was taught in school was lies! The white men and Spaniards totally came and spread their diseases and stole everything from the native that lived there since the beginning of man, and forced their religion on them. Look up Imperialism. If narcissism isn't the main thing driving the definition, then please feel free to correct me.(If you truly find legitimacy for why the Native people got screwed over, then you need to realize that there is some serious character flaws in that thinking.

    3. Delusional. Obviously a close minded individual.

    4. 7:21 AM That is why it is the greatest Country in the World. After millenniums they finally did it they built the most powerful nation on earth. The US of A is their greatest creation and they did it very well you have to admit it.

    5. Anon 12:16 pm. Your comment is so funny sr. Because the greatest country in the world today is Switzerland and they have nothing to do with Mexico. But in the other hand United States ranking number 7 as the greatest country in the world does have something to do with Mexico.

    6. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
      The Modern Day Rome!

  2. Great article BB. Gracias

  3. Good read MX. A lot of people believe AMLO isn't doing much to fight crime in Mexico but this article is part of the proof that proves he is.

  4. You forgot to put MAGA in there you little prick

  5. Chapo should not be in ADX.

    The two that deserve unreservedly to be in adx are hyper beast z40 Miguel Treviño Morales AND the most repugnant noxious vermin Salvador Alfonso Martinez 'la Ardilla'...Martinez hid between Lazcano Z3's legs...giggly 'bigshot' at his perp walk but Martinez is so tiny and gutless by himself that any lady could knock him over with one bat of her eyelashes.

    Canadian girl💋

    1. El Lazca is alive.

    2. Remember when Z40 said he needed a transfer because he was scared of Martinez lol...

    3. I agree Chapo should not be in jail. He should be executed. Furthermore; what is that nonsense you are saying about size?

    4. Of course you're Canadian. Ask the people of Durango how they feel about Chapo. He took their lands with his private army. He forced them integrate. Z-40 was despicable. Chapo wasn't? How about his war in Tijuana with the Arrellano? Do you think he was so innocent that the Arrellano attacked for no reason? Not enough? Ok how about his greed to take over Juarez causing thousands of murders? Remember the time he killed a man for not shaking his hand? This bastard had delusions of grandeur. He was ruthless. Why don't you look up your fellow Canadian by the name of Cat Boy. He distributed tons of cocaine for Chapo each month. What did he do? He tried to assasinate out of pure suspicions that he was stealimg from him. Do you know how many people died due to his ignorance and who actually never wronged him? His personality was that of a narcissist. This is a man who wanted to be an INFORMANT fo the DEA. During his time in Puente Grande prison he was visited by agents. He thought he had such valuable information about other cartels the agents didn't already know. They laughed in his face and told him no matter what he did he would still have to face justice. He was the informant who never could be. They never needed his information. He was self interested, no matter what the easily manipulated will say.

  6. Picture of chango in that first batch with a different name. So many mistakes made by authorities and the press, god knows how many photos and names don’t match.

    1. It's difficult to miss Mr Chango especially since he has butt cheeks on his face.

  7. Yes Get all those that have ties to American big wiggs So we can lock them up also

    so what Each Cartel has to give up a escape goat to stay in graces with ALMO ?

    A big meeting is called All cartel groups each puts names in a hat to see who is going to USA jail ha ha

    Odd how Americans wants these guys in Jail

    But Mexico fights to keep them
    so more blood is shed

  8. And of curse all of those cds giys are gonna snitch on others just how they got snitched on
    Malditas 🐁🐁🐁

    1. You act like they're actions affect you. If they snitch or don't snitch what is it to you cheerleader?

    2. and the others? Vato tapado, pendejo

    3. Yo si veo un monton de gueyes del cds veo un nido de ratas 🤣🤣🤣
      11:57 by the way actually yes everything was pretty chill all over mexico before chapo and mayo started their little snitching contest

  9. Gilberto “Tocayo” Barragan Balderas was behind the infamous manta/execution back in 2011 when he was fighting with Jesus “Z7/Mamito” Rejon Aguilar for la frontera chica. BB covered it in the classic “pinche Mamito” post. Back then a photo manta of a pile of brutally dismembered Zetas was still shocking. Anyways, Tocayo is a veteran of the vicious CDG-Zetas fight over the territory that ran from Nuevo Laredo to Reynosa back in 2010-2012. Can’t imagine how many deaths Tocayo is responsible for.

    1. You are 100% correct. The guy was brutal. His cousin was also mayor of Miguel Alemán Municipality back in the 90s.

      If you want to learn more about him, please visit his Wikipedia. I wrote it last year and used that source from BB for that incident with El Mamito.án_Balderas

      If you have more stories about him, please share! Thank you.

    2. You kinda had to be ruthless if you were gonna face zetas, I’ve never heard of this guy. Interesting life he lived

    3. It seems like yesterday when the gulf/zetas split occurred and I was reading about it here on BB. If I remember correctly, the other guy (Aguila) was betrayed by Comandante Toro?

    4. Majority of Tocayos family are in Roma, Rio Grande City and Houston.

  10. Is that the same mayonesa from that infamous picture of the narco party In the Sierra where dude is on a 4wheeler with a women? And dudes all around him chilling and speaking on radios?

  11. Uncle Sam wants you 👈🏻🇺🇸

  12. Where is chapo isidro?? has anyone heard of this guy lately?


    2. Chapo is real Ghost..low profile

    3. Isidro is not a ghost at all, there's pics, and constantly talked about. The real ghosts nobody knows.

  13. Can someone post how golfos and los zetas splitted?

    1. Dude theres tons of articles about that, just google it, if you dont know by now like i said just google it, betrails just like beltranes and cdsapos


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