Sinaloa Cartel member gets life in prison for racketeering and drug trafficking

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to life in an American prison last Thursday. 50-year-old Arturo Shows Urquidi (photo above), of Juarez, Mexico, was found guilty of racketeering and drug charges on October 22, 2021. Nicknamed “Chous,” Shows Urquidi was a former Chihuahua State police officer and a long-time member of the Sinaloa Cartel under Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia.

10176208069?profile=RESIZE_180x180Shows Urquidi assisted in the security of stash houses where thousands of kilograms of cocaine were unloaded from tanker trucks and then reloaded with weapons and money headed for Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. During his involvement with the Sinaloa Cartel, the cartel successfully imported thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States worth over $1 billion.

His co-defendant, 36-year-old Mario Iglesias-Villegas, who goes by the nicknames “Dos,” “El 2,” “Delta,” “Parka,” and “Grim Reaper,” was also found guilty of racketeering; one count of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country; and one count of kidnapping. He is scheduled for sentencing on March 24.

Cartel wars

The Sinaloa Cartel’s criminal activity in the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso area included the violence that occurred during the war between the Juarez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel, which led to the death of thousands of people in Ciudad Juarez and throughout the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Durango. The violence gave rise to Ciudad Juarez being named the “deadliest city in the world.”

Seizures

This investigation resulted in the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, thousands of pounds of marijuana in cities throughout the United States. Law enforcement also took possession of millions of dollars in drug proceeds which were destined to be returned to the cartel in Mexico. Agents and officers seized hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition intended to be smuggled into Mexico to assist the cartel’s battle to take control of Juarez and the local drug trafficking corridors.

“The long arm of the law reaching across international borders”

“The sentencing of Shows Urquidi is another strike against members of the Sinaloa Cartel and highlights the long arm of the law reaching across international borders,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey, El Paso Field Office. “Today exemplifies our commitment to prevent violence and criminal activity from poisoning the communities of El Paso and our sister city, Ciudad Juarez. It also sends a clear message that we and our partners will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these violent drug enterprises.”

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