Mexico Arrests Narcotics Family Wanted by the U.S.

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Friday, February 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On January 4, 2002, the media reported the Mexican Government, at the request of the U.S. Government, has arrested four leaders of a family of alleged drug traffickers who now face extradition to the U.S. A U.S. District Court in El Paso has indicated four men on charges of smuggling marijuana and cocaine across the border at El Paso for distribution in the U.S. The U.S. Marshal?s Office in El Paso also assisted in capturing the suspects. The arrests indicate successful cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican authorities in coordinating law enforcement operations. The arrests of the Beltran Perea family, together with the arrests of the Amezcua brothers and the recent decisions by the Mexican Supreme Court to extradite Mexican citizens wanted for major narcotics trafficking, show that increasingly Mexican-U.S. narcotics enforcement cooperation is gaining momentum.