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Mexico Extradites Ten More Criminals to U.S., Bringing Total for 2008 to 95

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, December 31, 2008 - “President Calderon has again demonstrated his relentless, focused commitment to confronting organized criminal networks and their vicious leaders.  Today Mexico extradited ten notorious criminals to face justice in the United States.  These are individuals whose entire existence has been dedicated to illegal activities, and who will shortly face the consequences of their actions.  With this decision President Calderon and his national security team underscore again Mexico's determination to bring cartels operating in its territory to their knees.  This is a proud day for Mexico, for the United States, and for our cooperation that I am certain will only strengthen under the Merida Initiative. 

“I have been informed that key members of several leading drug cartels wanted in the United States are being transported to the U.S. today by Mexican authorities.  They include: Jesus "Chuy" Labra Aviles, a senior partner of the Arellano-Felix organization wanted in California for drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering; Juan Carlos de la Cruz Reyna, a member of the Gulf Cartel, who will face charges in Texas for threatening to assault and murder U.S. federal agents cooperating with Mexican authorities; and Jose Manuel Barrientos Rodriguez, who is wanted in Georgia for trafficking cocaine and assaulting a federal officer. 

“In addition to these three major fugitives, the Mexican government also extradited: Armando Martinez Duarte, wanted in California on drug trafficking and money laundering charges; Jorge Aureliano Felix, wanted in California on drug trafficking and money laundering charges; Efrain Perez, wanted in California on drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering charges; Fidel Chan Amador, wanted in California on marijuana trafficking charges; Luis Octavio Enciso Arellano, wanted in California on drug trafficking charges and to serve the remainder of a drug trafficking sentence; Ruben Saucedo Rivera, a member of the Gulf cartel wanted in Texas for drug trafficking and money laundering; Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez, a Colombian citizen wanted in Florida on federal drug trafficking charges related to large cocaine shipments from Colombia to the U.S.

“I heartily praise the extraordinary leadership, courage and conviction demonstrated by President Calderon and his national security team, as well as the hundreds of dedicated law enforcement professionals on both sides of our border who have made this success possible.

“With these extraditions Mexico has clearly laid the foundation for another year that must bring the same demonstrations of commitment and courage from both our nations if we are to succeed in making our countries safer and more secure.”

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