U.S. Requests Extradition of Reputed Tijuana Cartel Leader

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
7
282
Abstract: 
On May 11, 2007, the U.S. government confirmed the existence of a February 2007 request to Mexico for the extradition of Alberto Benjamin Arellano-Felix, the reputed leader of the Tijuana cartel. Mexican authorities arrested Benjamin Arellano-Felix in March 2002. The U.S. has sought “Min,” short for Benjamin, for at least 15 years, and federal grand juries have returned sealed indictments against him on seven occasions. Most recently, in December 2003 a San Diego grand jury returned a 28-count indictment charging Benjamin Arellano-Felix with drug smuggling and money laundering and linking him to at least 20 murders in the United States and Mexico ... [more]