US extradition of a suspected killer of the Sinaloa cartel

The Sinaloa cartel's top assassin, Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, has been extradited to the US from Mexico. Prosecutors claim that El Nini, also known as the Slacker, was a "lead assassin" working for the sons of drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán, known as El Chapo. He is wanted in the US on drug trafficking and weapons charges, which he denies. US Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged that El Nini was part of the Sinola cartel's production and sale of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, in the US. 

He was detained in the organization's stronghold of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa. The arrest is part of an effort by US and Mexican authorities to stem the flow of fentanyl across the Mexico-US border, which contributes to the deaths of tens of thousands in the US every year. El Nini is one of the highest-profile extraditions to have taken place under Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has pledged to "achieve peace and end the [drug] war."


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