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Saturday, Sept, 1, 2012

Eduardo Arellano Félix extradited to San Diego

Eduardo Arellano Félix, arrested after a shootout in Tijuana in 2008, was extradited to San Diego on Friday. Eduardo Arellano Félix, 55, is the fourth, and final, Arellano Félix brother to be extradited to the U.S.

Drug Enforcement Administration official William Sherman said Eduardo Arellano Felix's extradition "marks the end of a 20-year DEA investigation into this vicious drug cartel."

Arellano nephew Fernando Sánchez Arellano is now believed to be directing the remnants of the Arellano Félix cartel, also known as the Tijuana Cartel.

Other brothers:

• Benjamín Arellano was sentenced to 25 years in U.S. prison in April.
• Javier Arellano Félix is serving a life term in U.S. prison.
• Ramón Arellano Félix was killed in a gunbattle in Mazatlán in 2002.
• Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix served six years in U.S. prison on cocaine charges. He was deported back to Mexico in 2008.

Story, Los Angeles Times. Story, U-T San Diego. AP story in Frontera (PDF).

Update, Aug. 5: Eduardo Arellano Félix pleads not guilty. Frontera reported that he responded in an irritated tone when asked whether he was Eduardo Ramón Arellano Félix, the brother who was killed in Mazatlán in 2002. Story, Frontera (PDF).