A US drug enforcement officer reported Friday that a suspected Sinaloa Cartel underboss, who claims he is retired, was nabbed by Mexican police officers and charged with being involved in more than 350 killings with many of those victims found in various mass graves.
According to a narcotics officer, Det. Benjamin Castro, police officers in the state of Chihuahua, located near the US-Mexican border, apprehended 39-year-old organized crime lieutenant Mario Nunez, a/k/a “M-10,” in the violence-ridden border city of Ciudad Juárez, the Mexican federal security office announced on Thursday.
What makes Nunez an ever bigger catch for Mexico’s law enforcement leaders is the fact he is a former police officer who began working with the Juárez Cartel before joining the rival Sinaloa drug enterprise. Besides his notoriety in Mexico, Nunez is also wanted by the US Justice Department for alleged drug-trafficking charges in a federal court in Texas.
According to Det. Castro, it isn’t known if the US Attorney General’s office sent his Mexican counterpart an extradition request. However, the Mexican government claims Nunez faces at least 40 years in prison in Mexican federal prison. Mexico does not have capital punishment nor with its government extradite any suspects facing a death sentence in the US or other nations.
The Mexican government accuses Nunez of significantly contributing to an upsurge in drug violence such as killings of rivals or innocent civilians, ambushes of police and soldiers, and the kidnapping of officials in Ciudad Juárez, which is across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.
The Mexican government claims Nunez fought with rival drug gang members in 2011 which resulted in mortally wounding upwards of 350 people.