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Long time drug lord held in Mexican prison extradited to United States

Mexico City, Mexico — A leader of the Mexican Gulf Cartel has been arrested and extradited to the United State for drug conspiracy charges.

According to Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Chief of Operations Anthony D. Williams of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Mario Ramirez-Trevino, the alleged former leader of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, was extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug conspiracy charges.

Ramirez-Trevino, who has already made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge, was ordered detained in federal custody pending trial. Ramirez-Trevino had been in the custody of Mexican authorities pending extradition since his arrest on Aug. 17, 2013.

Ramirez-Trevino, along with 25 other defendants, is being charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana for importation into the United States.

He is also accused of being involved in the shipment of approximately 10 tons of cocaine, seized by Mexican authorities in October 2007, and a 2,400 kilogram shipment of cocaine seized by the Panamanian authorities in November 2007.

“The Gulf Cartel is one of the most violent and brutal drug trafficking organizations, posing a threat to the citizens of both the United States and Mexico,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan.

“This significant extradition is the result of our strong law enforcement relationship with the Government of Mexico and the Department of Justice’s continuing efforts to combat international narcotics trafficking.”

“The extradition of Mario Ramirez-Trevino is another demonstration of the outstanding partnership we have with the Government of Mexico,” said Chief Williams adding, “We appreciate and recognize the significant efforts of our Mexican partners in the pursuit of justice and the dismantlement of drug trafficking organizations and their command elements.”

Earlier this month, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime where representatives from Colombia, Mexico and the United States renewed their existing commitment to international judicial cooperation to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.