On November 22, Mexican security forces captured Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas (“El Nini”), the notorious security chief of the Chapitos wing of the Sinaloa cartel. For nearly three years, El Nini has been one of Mexico and the United States’ most wanted criminals, indicted by the United States for his role in perpetrating violence and illicit trafficking of fentanyl into the United States. , and both our countries are safer with him. bars and facing justice for his crimes. His arrest also follows Mexico’s arrest and extradition to the United States of another Chapitos executive, Ovidio Guzmán López, earlier this year.
These arrests demonstrate the commitment between the United States and Mexico to protect our communities from violence, counter cartels, and end the scourge of illicit fentanyl that affects so many families. We will continue to work as strong partners to do everything we can to hold criminals accountable for endangering public health and safety in our two countries. As I told President Andrés Manuel López Obrador when we met in San Francisco on November 17, nothing is beyond our reach when Mexico and the United States come together.
I would like to thank President López Obrador and the Mexican army and special forces for successfully capturing El Nini, and express our gratitude to the courageous men and women of the Mexican security forces who successfully undertook this operation to ‘apprehend.