El Chino Antrax Arrested: Cartel Leader Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa To Be Extradited To US

El Chino Antrax
El Chino Antrax was arrested in Amsterdam. Facebook

Top Sinaloa Cartel member Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as 'El Chino Antrax,' has been arrested at the airport in Amsterdam on charges of trafficking methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. Gamboa is to be extradited to the United States where he is wanted on similar drug trafficking charges in San Diego. The arrest occurred at the behest of US authorities who contacted Interpol for help in the arrest. Gamboa was flying from Mexico City.

Arechiga Gamboa is part of a team of hitmen known as "Antrax," named after the deadly poison. The group works for the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Authorities at the Mexican embassy in Amsterdam revealed that a Mexican citizen was indeed being held in detention by Dutch authorities, and that they were willing to offer consular assistance if requested. Authorities have blamed the group for a number of murders that occurred in 2011.

"El Chino Antrax" is well known for posting photos of himself on social media with expenisve clothes, cars and guns. He has even been photographed with socialite Paris Hilton. Mexican drug cartel folk songs 'Narcocorridos' also mention his name.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.