The US State Department announced a reward of $5 million for each piece of information that could help the authorities catch and convict one of the four Mexican drug lord.
The four Mexican drug lord wanted by the United States are Aureliano Guzman-Loela, the brother of the infamous drug lord “El Chapo”, and Ruperto Salghero-Nevarez, He Three brothers, Ce Salghero-Nevarez and Jeriberto Salghero-Nevarez. These names operate under the auspices of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated on May 11 that according to the U.S. indictment, the four persons were “suspicion of violating U.S. drug laws, including conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine internationally. And fentanyl”.
According to Price, since March 2020, more than 63% of 96,779 drug overdose deaths in the United States have been caused by the very dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl.
El Chapo was the supreme leader of the Sinaloa Cartel until his arrest. In 2017, he was extradited to the United States and sentenced to life imprisonment in trial two years later.
The State Department’s statement was issued on the same day that the Ministry of Justice announced the prosecution of the four drug lords.
For more than a decade, the United States and Mexico have worked together under the initiative of Merida to combat drug trafficking. The United States is responsible for providing military firepower, technical support, and security training. Last month, the two countries agreed to modify their methods to solve fundamental problems and increase efforts to curb cross-border drug trafficking.
Mexico is troubled by bloody conflicts involving gangs. Since the government mobilized the army in the 2006 anti-drug war, more than 300,000 people have been killed.
Xuan Le (follow Agence France-Presse)