Alleged Drug Leader Extradited

El Paso – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that a suspected Mexican drug gang leader linked to a 2006 border incursion by armed traffickers into Texas has been extradited by Mexico to the U.S.

The DEA said Saturday that Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, also known as "Rikin," was extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on marijuana and cocaine trafficking charges.

Escajeda, who allegedly worked for the Juarez cartel, was indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in 2006. From a base in Chihuahua, Mexico, he is alleged to have controlled a drug trafficking corridor for marijuana and in the area of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, located across from El Paso, Texas.

He was arrested by Mexican authorities last year.

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