One of DEA’s Most-Wanted Drug Cartel Leaders Extradited to U.S. 

Adan Salazar Zamorano. Photo: DEA

By Steve Neavling

The Mexican government has extradited the reputed leader of a family-run drug cartel organization who was among the most-wanted fugitives sought by the DEA, The El Paso Times reports

Adan Salazar Zamorano, aka Don Adan, is the alleged patriarch of Los Salazar, a faction of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s Gente Nueva in the state of Chihuahua.  

Los Salazar is accused of killing investigative journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in Chihuahua City in 2017 and is a major trafficker of cocaine into the U.S. 

In a DEA wanted-person bulletin, Salazar, a Mexican citizen, is described as approximately 79 years old and “armed and dangerous,” and he is known to travel on private aircraft throughout Mexico. 

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said Salazar was turned over to U.S. federal agents at the Mexico City International Airport over the weekend after he was incarcerated at a federal prison in Veracruz. 

It wasn’t immediately clear where in the U.S. Salazar is headed. 

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