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Feb 2, 2017

Sinaloa Cartel General, Operating in Southern Mexico and Northern Belize, is Arrested

Roberto Najera Gutierrez

A senior drug operator for the Sinaloa cartel controlled by the ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been caught by Mexican police.  Roberto Najera Gutierrez, a.k.a. ‘La Gallina,’ is said to be the man charged for the trafficking and distribution of drugs in Southern Mexico and the northern area of Belize.  A report in Por Esto newspaper today provides insight into the flourishing drug trade controlled by Najera, which extends into Belizean territory. He is known to have organized the landing of planes in northern Belize that transported drugs, cigarettes and liquor – which made their way into Mexican territory via the Rio Hondo.  Najera, says the reports, controlled the planes loaded with cocaine that landed the Blue Creek, Botes and la Union.  It also states that a drug plane landed about a month ago in Belize, but there have been no official report of this. According to the newspaper report, the illicit items would be distributed throughout Quintana Roo and Yucatan states, all with the protection of the police.  The report alleges that trailers would also be used to transport the drugs to Mexico City.  Najera surfaced in Belize since 2010, when he was busted at the Las Vegas Hotel at the northern border with an assortment of radio communications, but he managed to escape. ‘La Gallina’ was arrested at a checkpoint in the Quintana Roo municipality of Tizimín as he was travelling in a van along with two other cartel operatives. Police also found several high powered rifles in the vehicle.  He has been a wanted man in Mexico for the murder of a couple in Chiapas and is under investigation for organized crime and several other homicides.  His arrest has put a dent in the cartel’s operations in this area.

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