An alleged member of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Wednesday. 47-year-old Arturo “Chous” Shows Urquidi is charged with money laundering and organizing massive shipments of cocaine and marijuana into the United States.
His trial is scheduled for November 2018. If found guilty, he faces up to life in federal prison.
Urquidi was one of two dozen alleged high-ranking Sinaloa Cartel leaders, including the organization’s supreme leader Joaquin Guzman Loera, known best by his nickname “El Chapo,” and his right-hand man Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia, indicted on federal racketeering charges in April 2012. Urquidi was responsible for the unloading and loading of cocaine, drug proceeds and firearms in Sinaloa Cartel warehouses in Juarez.
This investigation resulted in the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, thousands of pounds of marijuana in cities throughout the United States. Law enforcement also took possession of millions of dollars in drug proceeds which were destined to be returned to the 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 Cartel’s battle to take control of Juarez and the local drug trafficking corridors.
Last week, co-defendant Mario De La O Lopez, a former Chihuahua, Mexico state police officer, was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison in connection with the investigation into this criminal enterprise.
“The Sinaloa Cartel has smuggled multi-ton quantities of cocaine and heroin into our country for decades, using intimidation, violence and murder to build and protect their criminal empire,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Kyle Williamson. “The extradition of Urquidi exemplifies the will of the international law enforcement collaboration to target, disrupt and dismantle the powerful Mexican cartels.”
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