Senior Sinaloa Cartel Charged With International Drug Trafficking

TUCSON, Arizona – Two indictments have been exposed in federal court that charges high-ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel with international drug trafficking following investigations by the US Homeland Security Inquiry (HSI ) of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On November 13, 2019 and February 19, 2020, a federal grand jury in Tucson issued substitute indictments against members of the Aureliano Guzman-Loera cartel of Sinaloa, Mexico, and brothers Ruperto, Jose and Heriberto Salgueiro-Nevarez, by Guadalupe Y Calvo, Mexico.

The indictments allege various violations of United States law over several years related to the international distribution of controlled substances, including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The Salgueiro-Nevarez brothers are said to operate a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as SNO, which stands for Salgueiro-Nevarez Organization. Aureliano Guzman-Loera is the brother of former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin Guzman-Loera, “El Chapo”.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and does not raise any inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury which establishes their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted HSI in the SNO investigation. The United States Attorney’s Office, Arizona District, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.

HSI is a branch of the ICE and the principal investigative body of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), charged with investigating transnational crimes and threats, particularly the criminal organizations that operate the global infrastructure at through which move international trade, travel and finance.

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