Police capture in Guatemala an alleged Mexican drug trafficker claimed by the US.
The alleged drug trafficker is the third Mexican detained in Guatemala in the last five days to be extradited by US justice.
Guatemalan police arrested this Wednesday at the request of the United States Pablo Tabares accused of trafficking large shipments of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine to that country, Guatemalan authorities reported.
Tabares, known as “Negro” and “Compadre”, was detained by uniformed officers in an operation in the town of Tecún Umán, on the Guatemalan-Mexico border, the Guatemalan Police said in a statement.
Tabares is the third Mexican detained in Guatemala in the last five days and requested extradition by US justice.
The alleged drug trafficker, 47, is “required to appear for trial” in the Northern District Court of the state of Georgia for crimes related to drug trafficking, added the spokesman for the Public Ministry, Moisés Ortiz.
Ortiz noted that “an investigation by law enforcement authorities identified an Atlanta, Georgia-based drug trafficking organization that has been responsible for importing and distributing large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine in the Northern District of Georgia”.
“The investigation identified Pablo Tabares (…) as one of the organization’s leaders and organizers in Mexico, responsible for supplying and coordinating the organization’s drug trafficking activities,” he added.
Last Friday, the anti-narcotics forces arrested the Mexican Sergio Duarte, 26, and the Guatemalan Ana Rubio, 32, accused of trafficking fentanyl for criminal groups in Mexico, including the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán, imprisoned for perpetuity in the United States.
A day later, the police detained Humberto Beltrán, a Mexican national, for extradition purposes, also accused of fentanyl transfer.
International cartels use Guatemala and the rest of Central America, with the help of local drug traffickers, to transit drugs to Mexico and the United States.