Mexico extradites drug boss involved in corruption probe

By REUTERS
May 24, 2012 02:44

 
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MEXICO CITY - Mexico extradited to the United States an alleged drug kingpin who has testified that high-ranking military officers worked with drug cartels, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

Sergio Villarreal, also known as "El Grande" and "King Kong," was flown to the United States where he faces federal charges of cocaine trafficking, the Mexican federal attorney general's office said in a news release.

Villarreal, who was arrested in 2010, is alleged to be a leading member of the Beltran Leyva cartel, a drug trafficking syndicate based in the Pacific state of Sinaloa.

While in Mexican detention, Villarreal testified that military officers received money from the Beltran Leyva cartel, a government security official said.

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