Alleged Sinaloa cartel leader and assassin extradited from Mexico to the United States

On Saturday, the Mexican government extradited Nestor Isidro Perez Salas to the United States. This extradition is in response to multiple felony charges, which include murder, drug importation, kidnapping, firearms, and money laundering.

The Department of Justice made an announcement on Tuesday regarding the extradition and indictment of Salas, a 32-year-old individual also known as “El Nini.” Salas is believed to be the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and its top assassin, as stated by the DOJ.

Salas allegedly took the life of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant and multiple individuals as a response to the informant’s collaboration with the DEA.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that El Nini was accused of being involved in the production and sale of fentanyl by the Sinaloa cartel, including supplying it to the United States.

After the Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained federal indictments in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and in the Southern District of New York, the Mexican government has agreed to extradite Salas.

Salas is facing several charges in the Washington, D.C., federal court. These charges include importing cocaine and methamphetamine, firearms violations, and conspiracy to obstruct justice through murder.

The defendant is also facing charges of perpetuating a criminal enterprise that led to the deaths of multiple individuals, including a DEA informant, in the federal court of the Southern District of New York.

Salas is facing multiple charges in the New York federal court indictment. These charges include fentanyl importation and trafficking, obstruction of justice through the murder of an informant, kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of eight individuals, including a minor, as well as firearms violations and money laundering.

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Salas was apprehended by Mexican authorities in Culiacan, Mexico, on November 22. He faced charges in the Southern District of New York federal court, which were announced on Tuesday morning.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) identifies the Sinaloa cartel as one of the most influential drug cartels in Mexico. It is primarily responsible for manufacturing a substantial quantity of fentanyl within Mexico and subsequently importing it for distribution in the United States.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is responsible for the majority of deaths among Americans aged 18 to 49, surpassing even heroin in its potency by approximately 50 times.

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Salas holds a significant position as a senior leader within the security apparatus of the Sinaloa cartel. The cartel is accused of employing excessive violence to safeguard its operations, acquire disputed territories, eliminate uncooperative businesses, instill fear in civilians, and even target law enforcement officials.

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