Sinaloa cartel member linked to 2 massive drug tunnels

Richard Marosi (Los Angeles Times) | October 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO — Federal authorities have linked a high-ranking Mexican organized crime member to two of the largest drug tunnels ever discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border, according to a 13-count indictment announced Wednesday that details a far-flung operation that allegedly moved tons of marijuana across the border.

Jose Sanchez-Villalobos, 49, is the highest-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel ever charged in connection with the construction of underground tunnels, according to federal prosecutors in San Diego.

Sanchez-Villalobos, who was arrested in the Mexican state of Jalisco in January on Mexican money-laundering charges, is in extradition proceedings. The indictment by a federal grand jury in San Diego was handed down in February and unsealed Wednesday.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tunnel-indictment-20121004,0,7568947.story?track=rss

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