His identification was made difficult as he had underwent extensive plastic surgery
Mexican authorities dealt a heavy blow to the Sinaloa cartel with the arrest of Victor Emilio Cazares, considered one of the top lieutenants of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, said the daily Los Angeles Times. Quoting U.S. sources, the newspaper said the arrest of Cazares occurred on 8 April in a police checkpoint near the city of Guadalajara. Man, for whose capture the United States offered a reward of five million dollars in this country is facing charges for his alleged role in the transfer of tons of cocaine from Mexico.
According to the newspaper, Cazares’ initial identification was difficult due to extensive plastic surgery, and that altered his face significantly. A photograph published by the newspaper, which was taken shortly after his arrest, shows a man younger than his 48 years, sporting a goatee, curly hair disheveled, and teen clothing.
Cazares eventually acknowledged his identity, which was confirmed through the comparison of photographs and fingerprints taken after two arrests in the United States for drug trafficking. A federal grand jury in San Diego filed drug charges against Cazares in 2007, as the U.S. seeks his extradition.
Cazares is accused of presiding over a cocaine distribution network between Sinaloa and dozens of U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, where drug supplied at least twenty distribution networks.
In 1995, while living in the vicinity of Los Angeles, Cazares was arrested with a bag of cocaine and sentenced to two years in prison, after which he return to Mexico. U.S. officials estimate that the group led by Cazares introduced 40 tons of cocaine between 2004 and 2007 into the United States.
- Alleged Mexican drug lord arrested, authorities say (latimesblogs.latimes.com)