11/5/12 – Mexican authorities announced on November 4, the arrest of Jesús Alfredo Salazar Ramírez “El Muneco” (The Doll) by a joint task force of military personnel from the Defense Ministry (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, SEDENA) and the Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR). He is believed to be among the highest ranking lieutenants of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to a press release from SEDENA, Salazar was arrested on November 1, in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, a neighboring municipality of Mexico City. Salazar Ramírez was wanted in both Mexico and the United States for drug-trafficking and suspicion of murder, most notably for the execution of Nepomuceno Moreno, a prominent anti-cartel activist, in 2011. He was allegedly the responsible for the trafficking of drugs in the state of Sinaloa and parts of the state of Chihuahua.
This arrest comes along with the capture of José “El Che” Salgueiro Nevarez, another of Guzman’s lieutenants in Sinaloa. Both actions would seem to counter the notion that the Calderon administration has been cooperating with the Sinaloa Cartel.