‘El Chapo’ enforcer disappears in California two months after launch

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A feared enforcer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s cartel who beforehand had cosmetic surgery to evade seize has gone lacking in California — simply two months after he was launched into probation, in response to a report.

Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa — generally known as “El Chino Antrax,” or “the Chinese language Anthrax” — was presupposed to be underneath federal supervision for the subsequent 5 years after his launch on March 3, in response to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

However he was lacking when a probation officer went to his new dwelling for a scheduled check-in on Wednesday — as had been all his belongings, aside from a cellphone, the paper mentioned, citing court docket paperwork.

Gamboa — who prosecutors beforehand hailed as “one of many highest-ranking Sinaloa Cartel kingpins ever prosecuted in the US” — has a confirmed report of taking excessive steps to evade seize.

When he was busted in Amsterdam in 2013 he was utilizing a faux passport — and had “vital cosmetic surgery” in addition to makes an attempt to “alter his fingerprints,” prosecutors mentioned on the time.

A bench warrant was this week issued for his arrest, the Union-Tribune mentioned. The federal court docket submitting didn’t say the place he had been residing when he “apparently absconded,” the paper mentioned.

Probation authorities are recommending 9 extra months behind bars if he’s caught, the paper mentioned. The affidavit says he beforehand talked about plans to flee to his household in Mexico.

Federal prosecutors beforehand referred to as Gamboa “the chief of a violent enforcement arm of the Sinaloa Cartel referred to as ‘Los Antrax,’” explaining a part of his nickname.

In keeping with his plea settlement, he admitted being “a direct participant in, and communicated to different members of the Sinaloa Cartel, orders to commit acts of violence or threats of violence.”

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

His arrest marked “the tip of a reign of terror that this explicit violent enforcement arm of the Sinaloa Cartel has inflicted on harmless folks each in Mexico and the US,” DEA agent William Sherman mentioned on the time.

“El Chino” rose to energy partially due to his childhood friendship with the sons of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, Guzman’s alleged companion in working one of many world’s most feared legal enterprises.

After his 2013 arrest in Holland, he was extradited to the US and pleaded responsible to drug-trafficking fees in Might 2015, additionally agreeing to forfeit $1 million in his illicit proceeds.

He was lastly sentenced to seven years and three months in jail in December 2019 — at which level most of his time had been served.

His sentencing in San Diego federal court docket was underneath heavy safety — partly to guard him from any exterior makes an attempt at violence, the Union-Tribune famous.

The Sinaloa cartel’s longtime chief, “El Chapo” Guzman, is presently serving life plus 30 years in a supermax jail in Colorado.


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