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DEA: Top member of Sinaloa Cartel busted

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Jose Guadalupe Tapia-Quintero (Source: DEA) Jose Guadalupe Tapia-Quintero (Source: DEA)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Drug Enforcement Administration is unsealing an indictment against a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel.

The DEA said Jose Guadalupe Tapia-Quintero, 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury in February on drug possession and money laundering charges.

DEA officials said Tapia-Quintero is from Sinaloa, Mexico, and owned several businesses, including bus and tractor-trailer companies in Mexico. Authorities say he used that business to move meth across the Mexican border into Arizona.

DEA officials have made three arrests in connection to Tapia-Quintero and seized 148 pounds of meth, 30 kilograms of cocaine and more than $770,000.

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