Annel Violeta Noriega Ríos, a fugitive member of ‘The Family’, was arrested last June 27 at his home in El Monte
Violeta Noriega Ríos, a fugitive member of the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana and Mexico who offered a reward of five million pesos, is in custody in USA after he was captured in Los Angeles the week past, reported the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Noriega, 27, also known as “La Bonita” was arrested for immigration offenses without incident last June 27 at his home in El Monte by members of ICE, and two days later was moved across the border in San Ysidro, California, and Mexican authorities delivered him under tight security.
“La Bonita” was accused of involvement in organized crime links to drug trafficking since 2010.
Mexican authorities say Noriega is one of the leading members of La Familia, and helped oversee the operations of distribution of methamphetamine in California and Washington.
Based on the Mexican state of Michoacan, La Familia cartel “is characterized by extremely violent” and involved in “drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and other criminal activities,” officials said.
Mexican authorities consider “La Bonita” contact with the group Michoacan Sinaloa cartel.
In addition to distribution of cocaine and marijuana, U.S. officials believe the cartel is also involved in methamphetamine production for export to the United States.
“The arrest last week should be a reminder to the fugitives in Mexico and the rest of the world that we will not allow our borders obstacles to bringing dangerous criminals to justice,” said David Marin, acting director of the ICE in Los Angeles.
“ICE will continue to work closely with their counterparts in the Mexican law enforcement to ensure the safety of law-abiding citizens in both nations,” he added.
The database of the Department of Homeland Security indicates that Noriega was arrested and repatriated to Mexico five times by the ICE between 2004 and 2005, but had no history in America.