A key financial operator in the Sinaloa Cartel has been arrested in Zapopan, Jalisco, authorities said yesterday.
Mauricio Sánchez Garza has been identified as a finance chief who reported to Juan José “El Azul” Esparragoza Moreno, a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and associate of cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán.
The arrest came in response to an extradition request by authorities in Texas, where he is wanted for money laundering and extortion.
He previously worked under cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero until the latter’s capture in 1985.
The U.S. government in 2013 identified a number of businesses in Guadalajara that were controlled by Sánchez Garza’s family and used for money-laundering. Sánchez Garza is accused of using laundered money to purchase real estate in San Antonio.
Caro Quintero was released from jail in 2013 on a technicality but warrants were reissued soon after in Mexico and the U.S. He remains a fugitive.
Meanwhile, the Federal Police say they have arrested one of the people responsible for the violence in Acapulco during the last few months.
Félix Alejandro Magno Acevedo, identified as the leader of the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco, or Independent Cartel of Acapulco, was apprehended in the municipality of Ecatepec, Estado de México, along with an associate.
He has been linked to extortion and murder in the Guerrero city.