first_imgThe U.S. will seek Cazares Gastellum’s extradition if he is arrested, Gonzales said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Dozens of people accused of working for a Mexican drug cartel were arrested Wednesday in a multistate bust that has netted more than $45 million in cash and tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, federal officials said. The suspected leader of the cartel, Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum, was indicted in San Diego federal court on multiple drug and money laundering charges. He remains in Mexico and has not been arrested, said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Cazares Gastellum, who is from Mexico’s Sinaloa state, is not widely known, but U.S. authorities said he is a rival of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, which rose to power in the 1980s and has fallen on hard times recently. He is an ally of two better-known Mexican traffickers – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. “Today’s operation is a serious blow to one of the largest and most significant trafficking organizations,” Gonzales said at a news conference. last_img

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