The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) announced on the afternoon of April 3 that Jorge Iván Gastelum Ávila, better known as ” Cholo Iván,” has been extradited to the United States.
Gastelum Avila, the head of security for notorious drug trafficker Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, is wanted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a series of crimes related to drug trafficking and the use of firearms.
Gastelum Avila’s surrender to the U.S. authorities was carried out under the Extradition Treaty signed between Mexico and the United States of America.
According to the statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office, the accused has been extradited for his alleged participation in a criminal organization dedicated to drug trafficking, being one of Sinaloa’s plaza chiefs. He is accused of trafficking various quantities of drugs to the United States.
The Government of Mexico has granted Gastelum Avila‘s extradition to the Government of the United States of America, and he has been handed over to the corresponding judicial authorities in the United States.
The accused will reportedly face charges of criminal association, health offenses, use, brandishing, and firearm discharging. Gastelum Avila‘s surrender is another step forward in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the region.
The fugitive was handed over at Mexico City’s International Airport (AICM) to the U.S. agents designated for his transfer to that country.