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Adán Salazar Zamorano

Adan Salazar Zamorano

Adán Salazar Zamorano, 67, is wanted in El Paso on charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. The quantity is not known yet.

Federal officials in El Paso will seek the extradition of Salazar. He was arrested last weekend in central Mexico with the help U.S. Marshals. Mexico’s Attorney General announced his arrest in Querétaro earlier this week.

The attorney general said Salazar led “Los Salazar,” a powerful “family” that directly reported to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the alleged leader of the violent Sinaloa drug cartel, which is entangled in a war with the Juárez cartel.

Salazar is suspected of smuggling cocaine into the United States through Arizona and Texas for Guzmán, who is one of the most elusive cartel druglords in Mexico, officials said. Salazar’s territory covers the border state of Sonora, across Arizona, to the states of Chihuahua and Durango. Back to page

Although the U.S. government wants to extradite Salazar, it is not clear whether Mexico will grant it or choose to prosecute him.

But both governments worked together to catch Salazar.

The federal agent Robert Almonte,  said Salazar is a high-level member of the Sinaloa cartel with “upper-command responsibilities.” Strangely, the Mexican government does not have Salazar as a wanted criminal.

Salazar is in the fugitives list of the DEA’s El Paso division along with his son, Jesús Alfredo Salazar Ramírez, 37. DEA spokeswoman Diana Apodaca said her agency issued the arrest warrant for Salazar Zamorano, who was indicted in the Western District of Texas. His indictment remains sealed.

At least two Sinaloa members have been captured during the last month.  High-ranking Sinaloa cartel leader Ignacio Coronel was killed by the Mexican Army on July 29, 2010, in Zapopan, Jalisco, during a shootout. Meanwhile, Guzmán and his closest ally Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada in the Sinaloa drug cartel, remain as fugitives.

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