MEXICO CITY, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Mexico’s National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia announced the arrest of Martin “N” — an alleged lieutenant of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel.
Martin “N” was arrested on Friday in the city of Zapopan in Mexico’s Jalisco state. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury identified Martin “N” as Martin Guadencio Avendano Ojeda in a criminal designation order.
“Martin ‘N’ is likely responsible for coordinating a network of drug distribution to the United States and establishing centers operating in Ensenada, Baja California, and in the towns of Comondu and Loreto in Baja California Sur, for a criminal organization,” Sales Heredia said during a press conference Monday.
The United States has an arrest warrant and an extradition request issued against Martin “N.” Sales Heredia said two firearms and about 2 pounds of cocaine were seized during the suspect’s arrest.
“Noting the presence of authority, Martin tried to escape from such action and injured one of the federal police and hit the vehicle in which he intended to flee, to finally be detained,” Sales Heredia said.
Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel is credited with dominating the illegal drug market in nearly the entire United States, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a recent report.