Monday, September 11, 2017

Ex-Juárez police officers charged in El Paso, accused of working for Sinaloa drug cartel

Two brothers accused of belonging to a cabal of corrupt Juárez cops working for the Sinaloa drug cartel have been extradited to El Paso. David and Ivan Sanchez Hernandez were flown Aug. 16 from Mexico City to the El Paso International Airport, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said. The brothers, who have pleaded not guilty in federal court, are jailed without bond. Officials said the Sanchez brothers were part of a group described by U.S. authorities as the Sinaloa cartel's upper echelon during its bloody war with the Juárez cartel. The brothers are former members of the Juárez municipal police force, the indictment states. According to the indictment, the brothers were part of a violent crew of corrupt police officers allegedly run by a Chihuahua state police commander named Sergio Garduño Escobedo. David "Christian" Sanchez is accused of being one of Garduño's largest drug distributors and of supervising several cartel members and associates. He also allegedly was "responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of several individuals," the indictment adds. The indictment described Ivan Sanchez as a "core member" of the Garduño cell in Juárez responsible for unloading trailers transporting cocaine at warehouses. Trailers were then reloaded with hundreds of weapons and millions of dollars in drug proceeds, according to the indictment. Garduño, who was known as "Coma," short for "Comandante," was a station commander for the Chihuahua state police, the indictment states...more

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