Wednesday, December 28, 2011

El Guero, Sinaloa Cartel Member Arrested By Mexican Federal Police

Luis Rodriguez Olivera

Photo: SSP

Suspect taken into custody at Mexico's City International Airport.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 28, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Wednesday, Mexican Federal Police (SSP) announced the arrest of Luis Rodriguez Olivera, 39, aka, "El Güero or Lucho, Peli Rojo" also known as José Luis Sánchez Jiménez at Mexico's City International Airport. Olivera was taken into custody on Tuesday, while trying to use identification with the name of Sánchez Jiménez, but was recognized by federal police as Olivera.
He is originally from Tototián, Jalisco and had a $5 million dollar U.S. bounty for his capture. The U.S. has requested Olivera's extradition. Olivera is wanted for operating a criminal enterprise, money laundering, possession, conspiracy of importing and distributing cocaine into the U.S.
Olivera was indicted on August 20, 2009 by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York. The indictment was unsealed on May 22, 2010 and Olivera was accused of transporting more than 5 kilograms into the U.S. between January 1, 1996 to June 6, 2008. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a forfieture of more than $50,000,000, according to the federal indictment.
Olivera and his other three brothers, Esteban, Daniel and Miguel allegedly operated a criminal organization called Los Güeritos (blondies) associated with the Pacific Cartel also known as the Sinaloa Cartel, which was run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, according to Federal Police.
Esteban was arrested in 2008 and extradited to the U.S. to face federal charges and Miguel was reported killed in the state of Yucatán on August 2011. Daniel remains at large, the Mexican Federal Police reported.

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