Mexican authorities have extradited Sinaloa Cartel leader Damaso Lopez Nuñez, also known as “El Licenciado,” to the United States to face drug trafficking charges filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Nuñez, was also the subdirector for security at Puente Grande prison, a high-security facility Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman broke out of in 2001.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia, Assistant Director Robert Johnson of the FBI Headquarters Criminal Investigative Division, Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI Washington Field Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Scott W. Hoernke of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Washington Division Office made the announcement.
Lopez Nuñez, 52, arrived in the United States today and will make an initial appearance on Monday, July 9, before U.S. Magistrate Michael S. Nachmanoff in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.
#PGRInforma En Ciudad Juárez, #Chihuahua entregó en extradición a Dámaso “L” a autoridades de #EUA, en apego al Tratado de Extradición firmado, para ser procesado por su probable responsabilidad en la comisión de los delitos de asociación delictuosa y contra la salud pic.twitter.com/OJtjITIfYi
— PGR México (@PGR_mx) July 6, 2018