A woman Mexican authorities believe to be a money handler for the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán before his capture last month, has been arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, 55, who is also known as La Patrona, is a drug trafficker who reported directly to Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, the son of El Chapo, according to intelligence reports obtained by Mexico News Daily.
Mexican authorities allege Valencia oversaw shipments of drugs from Asia, Central and South America to Mexico, and then on to the United States, Borderland Beat reports.
In the United States, Valencia is wanted for trafficking cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, with the added charge of money laundering.
In Nov. 2015, she was placed on the U.S. Treasury Department’s kingpin list for the Sinaloa Cartel, of which El Chapo has been listed since 2001, and his son Jesús from 2012.
An individual on the kingpin list may not own any property in the U.S. or conduct business in the country. Any assets held in the country may be seized by the government.
Valencia’s brother, Manuel Fernández, was another senior member of the Sinaloa Cartel. He is currently in U.S. custody.
El Chapo has been in a Mexican prison since his recapture last month. According to his attorney, he is willing to plead guilty and accept extradition to the U.S. if the government agrees to not place him in a high-security prison, AOL reported.