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Press Releases 07

Historic Day of Extraditions from Mexico to the United States

Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials extradite some of the world’s most wanted and violent criminals

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, January 20, 2007, 1:00am CST -- “Today, both the Mexican and the American people can celebrate a monumental moment in our two nations’ battle with the vicious drug-traffickers and criminals who threaten our very way of life.”

“I have been informed that some of the most brutal criminals in the history of our two countries have been extradited from Mexico to the United States to face justice for the crimes they have committed.”

“Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, one of the most wanted, feared and violent drug-traffickers in the world and the former head of the Gulf Cartel, Ismael and Gilberto Higuera Guerrero, brothers and former chiefs in the Arellano-Félix cartel in Tijuana and Mexicali, and Héctor Palma Salazar, former leader in the Chapo Guzmán-Güero Palma cartel, all arrived in the United States tonight on flights from Mexico.”

“In addition to these four major drug traffickers, the Mexican government also extradited the following individuals: Richard Mat Wayne, wanted for murder in the state of New York; Carlos Villanueva García, wanted for murder in the state of Washington; José Alberto Márquez Esqueda, wanted for drug-trafficking in the Southern District of California; Efraín González Cisneros and Alicia González Cisneros, wanted for drug-trafficking in the Southern District of Texas; Consuelo Tomasa Félix Carreto Valencia, wanted for sex trafficking in the Eastern District of New York; Saúl Saucedo Chaides, wanted for drug-trafficking in the District of Colorado; Gilberto Salinas Doria, wanted for drug trafficking in the Southern District of New York; Juan Ramón Morales Rodríguez, wanted for sexual assault on minors and kidnapping in the state of Texas; Gracielo Gardea Carrasco, wanted for drug trafficking in the Western District of Texas; and Miguel Ángel Arreola Márquez, wanted for drug trafficking in the District of Colorado.”

“I cannot say enough about the extraordinary leadership, courage and conviction demonstrated by President Calderon, his Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora, and the hundreds of dedicated law enforcement professionals on both sides of our border who have made this day possible.”

“We all know that no victory is final, and much work remains to be done. But I am hopeful that these extraditions are another giant step forward in our shared commitment to sending a clear signal that we will no longer abide the violence and havoc drug-traffickers and criminals wreak on both sides of our border.”

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