Mexico extradites alleged member of Zetas cartel to U.S.
By Dialogo September 12, 2012
MEXICO CITY – Mexico turned over a suspected founder of the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel to U.S. authorities on Sept. 11 for extradition.
Mexico’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspect as Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, who also goes by the aliases “El Mamito” or “El Caballero.”
Rejón was being sought by the United States on suspicion of racketeering and drug charges, a statement from the office said.
The United States says Rejón led an organization that transported large amounts of marijuana and cocaine for distribution in America.
The statement said he was previously “considered one of the founders of the criminal organization known as Los Zetas.”
He was handed over to officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Toluca, near Mexico City. Rejón was arrested in July 2011. Mexican authorities said at the time that he was number three in the Zetas ranking.
[AFP (Mexico), 12/09/2012; Excelsior (Mexico), 11/09/2012]