MATAMOROS, MEXICO – The former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, Eduardo Arellano-Felix, was released from Federal Prison on Tuesday and is now in Mexican Custody, confirmed U.S. officials.
Arellano-Felix is known for being the leader of the Arellano-Felix Organization which is responsible for the distribution of hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.
The organization was also accused by the U.S. government of setting up elaborate tunnels for smuggling humans into the US.
In 2008 Arellano-Felix was arrested following a shoot-out in Tijuana. Arellano-Felix was wanted by Interpol who searched for him in 180 different countries.
Following the shootout Arellano-Felix was sentenced to 15 years in U.S. Federal Prison in August 2013 for money laundering and drug trafficking. Arellano-Felix was handed over to Mexican officials on Aug. 24.
He is currently being held at maximum security prison in Almoloya de Juárez as he awaits trial for numerous other charges from the Mexican government.