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Cartel member indicted on money laundering, drug charges

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A Mexican national who is a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel has been indicted by a grand jury on various drug related and money laundering charges.

Jose Guadalupe Tapia-Quintero, 42, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine with intent to import, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit concealment of money laundering.

Tapia-Quintero, aka "Lupe," is a resident of Sinaloa, Mexico and owned various businesses including bus and tractor-trailer companies in Mexico, according to the DEA. His role was transportation coordinator for the Sinaloa cartel, and used his businesses to move large quantities of methamphetamine from the interior of Mexico to locations along the Southwest border.

After a long investigation, 148.5 pounds of meth, 30 kilograms of cocaine, and over $770,000 were seized. Three arrests were made.

"Our strategy of targeting the highest level of the Sinaloa Cartel continues to pay off," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. "DEA and our law enforcement partners on both sides of the border remain committed to using every law enforcement tool to attack these criminal organizations so they are put of business, and their leaders are brought to justice."

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