Mexico authorities extradite drug lord ‘El Licenciado’ – El Chapo’s former right hand man who helped Sinaloa boss escape from prison in 2001
Sinaloa cartel drug lord Damaso Lopez was extradited on Friday from Mexico to the United States
Lopez faces charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and commit money laundering
Faces possible life imprisonment if convicted in the U.S
‘El Licenciado’ as he is called was the former right-hand man of drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who he helped escape from prison in 2001
After Guzman’s recapture in 2016, Lopez fought with El Chapo’s sons over control of the cartel
‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is currently sitting in a maximum security cell block in New York facing charges of illegal drug activity
Former El Chapo right hand man, drug lord Damaso Lopez is seen above being extradited to the U.S. on Friday
Juarez Sinaloa cartel drug lord Damaso Lopez was extradited Friday from the border city of Ciudad Juarez to the United States, Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office said.
Known by his alias ‘El Licenciado,’ which is a title for college graduates, Lopez was the right-hand man of drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and helped him escape from a Mexican prison in 2001.
After Guzman’s arrest in 2016, he started a bloody battle with Guzman’s sons for control of the Sinaloa cartel.
Security agents escort drug lord ‘El Licenciado,’ [photo], who was being extradited to America on Friday from the border town of Ciudad where he was held
Acting Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran said Lopez ‘is potentially a key witness’ against ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who is facing trial in the United States.
Lopez himself faces charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and commit money laundering and could face life imprisonment if convicted in the U.S.
Mexican authorities say Lopez [seen in handcuffs]. stirred violence in the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa and Baja California, especially a string of killings in the twin resorts of Los Cabos
Lopez himself faces U.S. charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and commit money laundering and could face life imprisonment if convicted.
Mexican officials blame him for violence in the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa and Baja California, especially a string of killings in the twin resorts of Los Cabos. Lopez apparently sought to ally himself with the Jalisco cartel, Mexico’s fastest-growing drug gang, to help in his battle with Guzman’s sons.
Lopez was arrested at an apartment building in Mexico City in 2017.
Lopez was the former right-hand man of drug lord El Chapo, and helped him escape prison in 2001.
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‘El Licenciado’ Lopez is pictured above in 2017, after his arrest in Mexico City
At that point, his wing of the drug cartel appeared to collapse, and his son, Damaso Lopez Serrano, turned himself in at the U.S.-Mexico border, becoming the highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to surrender to U.S. authorities.
The son pled guilty to drug smuggling charges, saying he orchestrated the shipments of thousands of pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin to the United States.
With Guzman in jail, the Sinaloa Cartel has been variably controlled by Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia and Rafael Caro Quintero, two of the most traditional, old-school capos, in addition to Lopez and Guzman’s sons, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar.
Joaquin “El Chapo”Guzmán is seen after his recapture following a daring prison break in 2014
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