Rafael Santoyo Cristobal, he was a businessman who he wore designer clothes. On August 20, 2019, he was about to board his flight at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, Italy, when the authorities identified that the tourist was a fugitive drug trafficker from the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. Behind the elegant appearance was hiding a prominent partner of Joaquin, El Chapo Guzman.
Engineer by profession and currently 44 years old, Santoyo Cristobal He had belonged to the Federal Police until he joined the world of organized crime with the transnational group that commanded El Chapo and who is now in the guardianship of Ismael Zambada García, May.
Originally from Mexico City, this drug trafficker was known as Dr. Wagner, name that the legendary Zacatecan fighter used in the pankration Manuel Gonzalez Rivera.
“A distinguished gentleman, an irreproachable style. A businessman, far from the image of the shadowy exponent of the Mexican mafia covered in tattoos “, so was the description of The messenger, an Italian newspaper that reported the arrest in mid-September 2019.
It was described by the Italian press as a “drug businessman”. With his bearing he pretended to go unnoticed, but as soon as he was arrested, he was sent to the Regina Coel jail, nightmare of criminals in Italy. To represent him, he called the lawyer for the drug traffickers, criminal lawyer Alessandro Sforza.
From Rome, Santoyo Cristóbal would make a stopover in Paris, France, to head to the international airport of Mexico City, but his visit to Italy was the last in freedom. The Agency for Drug Control (DEA, for its acronym in English) of USA he had it in his sights for three years.
“On August 19, 2016, A federal grand jury meeting in the Southern District of California issued an indictment accusing Santoyo-Cristóbal of participate in a long-standing global conspiracy to traffic substantial amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin from Mexico to the United States, in addition to launder millions of dollars in drug proceeds”, Published the Department of Justice on November 19, when it announced that he had been extradited to San Diego, California.
In accordance with The San Diego Union Tribun, Dr. Wagner is in the same research in what is accused Dámaso López Núñez, the Mini Graduate, son of Dámaso López Núñez, Graduate. The Mini Lic is godson of Chapo and his father, intended to lead the Sinaloa Cartel when Guzmán Loera was arrested in 2016 and extradited in 2017.
López Serrano turned himself in in 2017 at Calexico West, after Graduate was arrested, because the children of Chapo They started an internal war for the leadership of the cartel. In 2018, The Mini Lic He pleaded guilty to moving massive amounts of drugs, but has not been sentenced. He confessed in court, on August 5, 2019, that he ordered at least 15 murders and more than 20 kidnappings of enemies of the Sinaloa Cartel, which he entered at the invitation of his father.
A couple of weeks after the appearance of Dámaso López Serrano it happened the arrest of Santoyo Cristóbal in Italy. Through his defense, he challenged the extradition to the United States in the Italian courts, but in July this year, the Supreme Court of Cassation rejected his arguments, and the following month the Ministry of Justice authorized his shipment to the North American country.
He arrived in San Diego last Wednesday, November 18 and made his initial appearance the next day before the US Magistrate Judge Andrew Schopler, where it was declared not guilty. His detention hearing is scheduled before Judge Schopler on November 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. local time.
Five years ago, on July 12, 2015, one of Dr. Wagner’s envoys was arrested at a Sonora and California checkpoint. In that crossing he lost 11 million dollars from the drugs that would go to the Sinaloa Cartel. The above, as a sample point of the operations that operated in the group.
According to the Department of Justice, the investigation against Rafael Santoyo Cristóbal was led for five years by the Southern District of California, which has resulted in charges against 125 people. This case includes cooperation with several countries against “one of the most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels in the world”. It has required authorizations for more than 250 wiretaps. The accusations against the “businessman with great style” carry a penalty of a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, as well as millionaire fines.