Authorities dismantle criminal group linked to Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala

Guatemalan security and police forces captured thirteen people, including a Chief Commissioner and an Assistant Attorney for the Public Prosecutor (MP), on 18 December 2016 for the crimes of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, passive bribery, obstruction of justice, and abuse of authority (El Periodicio, Emisoras Unidas). According to El Periodico, the group, led by Mynor Fabricio Oajaca Quiroa, is part of an investigation implicating them in customs contraband as well as arms and drug trafficking. El Periodico linked the group to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and reported they orchestrated the arrival and departure of drug shipments along the Pacific Coast from the beaches of Mazatenango. Interior Minister Franciso Rivas said the group terrorized the western part of the country through drug trafficking, extortion, contract killings and kidnapping (El Periodico).

Mexican authorities capture a suspected Sinaloa Cartel leader

Chihuahua Attorney General César Augusto Peniche announced on 26 November 2016 Mexican authorities captured a suspected Sinaloa Cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez (Proceso). Suspected cartel leader Rogelio H.F. alias El Aguila, was in possession arms including a .308 caliber, unregistered machine gun and drug paraphernalia when arrested while driving through the neighborhood of Finca Bonita in Ciudad Juarez on 25 November 2016 (Proceso and El Horizonte). Rogelio H.F. operated in the areas of Ciudad Juarez and Valle de Juarez and is accused of crimes committed in the state of Durango, including murder, robbery, and kidnapping (El Horizonte).