Chávez Gastélum faces drug trafficking and murder charges in the United States.

Mexican Ángel Humberto Chávez Gastélum arrived in Los Angeles, California, after his extradition from Mexico to face accusations that conspired to transport hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine from South America to the United States, the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE) reported on Tuesday.

ICE indicated in a bulletin that Chávez Gastélum, 47, who was initially detained by Mexican authorities in November 2018 in the state of Querétaro, faces a 22 count indictment.

The defendant, designated by the United States Government as one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the world, allegedly controlled a drug distribution network that transported cocaine from Colombia to Central America and from there to Mexico, with its final destination in the United States.

During the investigation into this organization, authorities from various countries seized around 7,700 pounds (almost 3,500 kilos) of cocaine, with potential value on the streets of 500 million dollars in the United States.

Chávez Gastélum is also accused of two murders, committed on July 7, 2017 in connection with the criminal network activities.

The investigation of the case has led to the arrest of accomplices on three continents. The alleged Colombian leader of the organization, Víctor Hugo Cuéllar-Silva, was captured and extradited to the United States in September 2018.

The indictment is being carried out by the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Organized Crime Section of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

On September 3, the Department of Justice announced the extradition of Chávez Gastélum from Mexico.

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