El Chapo’s top drug cartel assassin ‘El Nini’ extradited to the US

Federal authorities say a former top official and assassin for El Chapo’s Sinaloa drug cartel has been extradited to the United States to face drug, gun and conspiracy charges.

Nestor Isidro Pérez Salas, the violent conman known as “El Nini,” was a leading figure in the international drug trafficking organization once run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán and his family until he was arrested by Mexican authorities last year and held awaiting extradition.

“We allege that El Nini was one of the Sinaloa Cartel’s chief assassins and was involved in the murder, torture and kidnapping of rivals and witnesses who threatened the cartel’s criminal drug trafficking operations,” the U.S. Attorney General said. Merrick Garland said in a statement:.

The Sinaloa Cartel’s top assassin, Nestor Isidro “El Nini” Pérez Salas, has been extradited to the United States. Mexican Government
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland blamed El Nini for the deaths of cartel rivals. Getty Images

“We also allege that El Nini engaged in the production and distribution of fentanyl by the Sinaloa Cartel, activity that was also conducted in the United States,” Garland said. “El Nini joins a growing list of cartel leaders and associates who have been indicted in the United States and extradited to the United States.”

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pérez Salas served as Guzmán’s head of security until his imprisonment and extradition to the U.S. The remnants of the cartel are run by “Los Chapitos,” or Guzmán’s sons and other relatives.

Perez Salas was also heavily involved in smuggling fentanyl and other drugs into the country.

Guzman, who was extradited to the United States in 2017, is currently serving a life sentence at the ADX Florence Supermax prison in Colorado and regularly complains about prison conditions through his lawyer.

Nestor Isidro Pérez Salas was the chief assassin and security chief for drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, federal authorities say, and he has now been extradited to the United States. DEA

The drug lord was once one of the world’s most powerful drug traffickers, boasting of killing as many as 3,000 people during his reign of terror to control the country’s illegal drug trade.

He was first captured and jailed by Mexican authorities in 2015, but managed to escape through a tunnel and escape to freedom, only to be captured again the following year before being extradited to the United States and sentenced to life in prison.