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Cartel Leader Arrested in Amsterdam on San Diego Charges

January 07, 2014  | 

A suspected top enforcer for Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel is facing extradition to San Diego on drug trafficking charges after his arrest in Amsterdam last week, reports the Union-Tribune.

Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, who goes by the nickname "El Chino Antrax," was arrested last Monday after his flight from Mexico City landed at Schipol airport in the Netherlands, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A San Diego federal grand jury indicted Arechiga on Dec. 20 with conspiracy to distribute drugs and conspiracy to import drugs, specifically methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, according to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday.

The court issued a warrant for his arrest and reached out to foreign authorities to aid in his capture. He had taken a KLM airlines flight under a fake name, U.S. attorney spokeswoman Kelly Thornton said.


Comments (3)

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Boston @ 1/7/2014 7:17 PM

Too bad El Chino didn't make a break for it and save the taxpayers some money. This Cartel crap is out of control.

S.S. @ 1/8/2014 7:19 AM

Hopefully this p.o.s. doesn't make it to trial...

Capt. Crunch @ 1/8/2014 10:59 AM

Tell Amesterdam, we will double down if El Chino, DOA.

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