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Mexico captured important lieutenant of Sinaloa Cartel.

War on drugs is paying off for Mexico.

Mexican prosecutors say a judge has authorized 40 days of detention for an alleged lieutenant of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel while authorities investigate the man wanted in the United States on drug charges. The Attorney General’s Office says federal agents arrested Adan Salazar Zamorano (64 years old) on Saturday but it gives no other details.

A brief statement released late Tuesday describes Salazar Zamorano as a supplier of narcotics for the Sinaloa drug cartel. It says he also led an independent drug gang known as “The Salazars.”

Salazar Zamorano allegedly was based in Sonora state, on the border with Arizona. He is wanted in Texas where he faces charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

Salazar Zamorano will be extradited to the U.S., since he is a fugitive there. He has been accused by the DEA of infringement of title 21 sections 846 with allegedly commiting conspiracy to posess cocaine with intent to distribute in the western district of Texas.

Salazar is born in Chinipas, Chihuahua, Mexico. He is always armed and dangerous and has been known to travbel via private aircraft throughout Mexico.

At least two Sinaloa cartel associates have been captured in the past few months.

High-ranking Sinaloa cartel leader Ignacio Coronel was killed by the Mexican Army on July 29, 2010, in Zapopan, Jalisco, during a shootout. Meanwhile, Joaquin Chapo Guzmán and his closest ally Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada in the Sinaloa drug cartel, remain at large.

The U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward each for Guzmán’s and Zambada’s capture.