A Mexican citizen, who has been requested for extradition by the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges, was detained by Guatemalan authorities on Saturday.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP, prosecutor’s office) said in a statement that “The National Civil Police coordinated the detention for extradition of Humberto Beltrán Cuen, also known as ‘Don Chino’, a Mexican national.”
“With the imprisonment of Beltrán Cuen, there are three extraditable persons [arrestados]in less than 24 hours,” he added. On Friday, Mexican Sergio Duarte, 26, was arrested along with Guatemalan Ana Rubio, 32, pending extradition requests filed by New York’s Southern District Court.
Agents of the #SGAIA of the @PNCdeGuatemala Humberto Beltrán Cuen, 70, of Mexican nationality, is arrested in zone 10 of the capital. He has an arrest warrant for extradition to the US for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. pic.twitter.com/s2vDXRhq18
— MinGob (@mingobguate) March 18, 2023
Humberto Beltrán, 69, is required by the same New York court “for the manufacture and distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl” to be illegally imported into the United States. He has also been charged with “possession, use and transportation of machine guns and destructive devices in connection with a crime of drug trafficking”.
According to the prosecution, “authorities have identified an international drug trafficking organization in Sinaloa, Mexico” as “responsible for trafficking fentanyl from Mexico to the United States, at least since August 2022.”
“The investigation identified Beltrán Cuen as a member” of the Sinaloa Cartel and charged him with conspiracy “to distribute several kilograms of fentanyl in the United States and Australia.”
Mexican is arrested for drug trafficking
Humberto Beltrán Cuen, 70, was intercepted in zone 10 because he has an arrest warrant for extradition to the United States
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— Guatemalan PNC (@PNCdeGuatemala) March 18, 2023
It is also estimated that “he is said to have negotiated the shipment of about 500 automatic rifles, 500 pistols and 20 rocket-propelled grenades.”
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