Gulf Cartel leader extradited to US

DEA Public Affairs

Aurelio Cano-Flores, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” a high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, has been extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug conspiracy charges, said the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cano-Flores, 39, made his initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the District of Columbia, after being extradited to the United States on Friday. Cano-Flores was ordered detained in federal custody pending trial. He had been in the custody of Mexican authorities pending extradition since his arrest on June 10, 2009.

Cano-Flores was charged, along with 19 other defendants, in a superseding indictment returned on Nov. 4, 2010. He is charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana for importation into the United States.

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