Sinaloa Cartel’s Regional Chief Detained

first_imgBy Dialogo March 26, 2013 Military forces arrested an alleged Sinaloa Cartel chief – one of the most powerful in Mexico – and four other men in Durango state, the Mexican government reported on March 24. Mexican Marine elements detained Humberto Rodríguez Coronel, who is the alleged nephew of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, killed during a federal operation in July 2010, and who was second in command for the Sinaloa cartel after Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The detainee is accused of being responsible for “homicide, kidnapping, and drug distribution and trafficking,” towards the United States, according to the statement. The operation took place in the city of Durango, capital of the same state. The arrestees were carrying five large-caliber rifles, cartridges, and possible drugs, including cocaine and heroin. The Sinaloa cartel is considered one of the most powerful cartels operating in different parts of Mexico, where the military operation was put in place by former President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012). Newly elected President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on December 1, committed to reducing the levels of violence and creating a gendarmerie to gradually remove military forces from the streets.last_img