Mexico has extradited top drug trafficker Cesar Gastelum Serrano to the United States, where he is accused of running a network that smuggles tons of cocaine into the U.S. via Central America, authorities said Sunday, reports the AFP.

Gastelum, who is linked to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel, was arrested in April in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

He was handed over to American authorities at an airport outside Mexico City along with another man wanted on US federal drug charges, Alejandro Rubio Perez, prosecutors said in a statement.

Gastelum, 47, was placed on the U.S. list of drug kingpins last year.