Mar. 3 – Following the increasing bilateral cooperation on security between United States and Mexico, the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is speeding up the procedures for the extradition of suspected drug cartel leaders to the United States.
According to official data updated just to February 21, this year already 30 people were sent across the border. In the whole last year there were 58.
As Mexico’s foreign minister told Reuters, “The Mexican government has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the United States under the aforementioned understanding that the security of the region is a shared responsibility”.
Especially after last november’s massacre of nine US and Mexican women and children in northern Mexico by some cartel hitmen, US President Donald Trump stressed the importance of increasing cooperation in the fight against Mexican drug gangs. As a consequence, this year Mexico released a judicial reform that makes harder for lawyers to delay extraditions of their clients to United States.
The last extradition involved Ramon Villarreal, aka “El Mon”, a leading figure in the Beltran Leyva Cartel. In the weekend he flew in Texas to face a trial for the murder of a lawyer of incarcerated form Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas. The Beltran Leyva Cartel, based in northwest Mexico, used to be allied with the Sinaloa Cartel of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (now in a U.S. prison) but later the two gangs became enemies.