Mexican Cartel Member Tied To The Massacre Of Hundreds, Found And Arrested In Chicago

An alleged kidnapper in the Los Zetas Mexican Cartel was arrested in Chicago and extradited to Mexico where he faces over two-dozen kidnapping charges and is linked to a horrifying massacre in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

Coahuila state police officers took custody of Juan Rafael “El Cubano” Arredondo Oviedo in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, the Cartel Chronicles reported.

U.S. law enforcement officials arrested Arredondo at an immigration court in Chicago which is listed by the Center for Immigration Studies as an official "sanctuary city."

Arredondo faces 28 kidnapping charges in Mexico where authorities previously linked him to a chilling massacre in Coahuila in 2011, where over 300 people were kidnapped, killed, cut into pieces, and incinerated in ovens: The order was simple — kill anyone related, associated or that in anyway had contact with Villanueva or Garza Gaytan.

Via Cartel Chronicles:

Los Zetas began rounding up entire families, friends, distant relatives and innocent individuals who happened to have one of those last names — even if they were not related.

Los Zetas would torture and execute the victims using a variety of cruel methods. The bodies were then taken to either a ranch near Allende or to the Coahuila state prison in Piedras Negras to make the bodies disappear.

Inside the jail, Los Zetas dismembered the bodies of the men, women, and children who had been kidnapped. The human parts were then placed in 55-gallon drums filled with diesel oil and then set on fire. After several hours, the majority of the human remains were all gone, leaving hundreds of families without answers. The ashes were then dumped in a local creek that leads to the Rio Grande.

Los Zetas operates out of the eastern part of Mexico from the Texas-Mexico border all the way south to Mexico’s shared border with Guatemala.

While the Sinaloa Mexican Cartel remains by far the most powerful drug cartel in the world, Los Zetas has been described by the U.S. government as being “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.”

Los Zetas started out as a group of 34 Mexican special-forces soldiers that acted as “enforcers” for the Mexican Gulf Cartel in 1999.

By 2003, the group of 34 had expanded into hundreds of battle-hardened paramilitary soldiers, and eight years later they broke off from the Gulf Cartel.

Los Zetas, notorious for their extreme acts of violence, terrorize the local communities they live in.

In 2016, a 28-year-old female in the cartel admitted, while in a U.S. prison, that she bathed in the blood of people she murdered. "I even drank it when it was still warm," she alleged.

The woman, known as “La Peque,” reportedly had sex with the victims after they were decapitated.

This summer, a Mexican reporter revealed that a now-deceased leader in Los Zetas, Heriberto Lazcano, used to eat his victims and would eat the skin from their buttocks.

Another leader in Los Zetas received seven consecutive life sentences in San Antonio, Texas in June for chopping up a six-year-old girl while she was alive — in front of her family, so they would "remember" him.

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