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Fugitive arrested Specialist drug cartel smuggler 'La Jefa' tracked down by Spanish police in Barcelona

Spanish Police act on US arrest warrant to detain woman wanted for plot to ship 3,500 kilos of cocaine into the country

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Women such as the Tijuana Cartel leader, Enedina Arellano Felix, have played senior roles in Mexican drug cartels

Women such as the Tijuana Cartel leader, Enedina Arellano Felix, have played senior roles in Mexican drug cartels

Women such as the Tijuana Cartel leader, Enedina Arellano Felix, have played senior roles in Mexican drug cartels

SPANISH police have arrested a specialist smuggler known as ‘La Jefa’ after tracking her down in Barcelona this week.

The woman is wanted by US authorities for cocaine trafficking after setting a maritime smuggling route to bring drugs direct from Colombia and Mexico.

This week Spanish Police announced the Ecuadorean-born woman was detained under an International Arrest Warrant issued by the Southern District of California.

The charges against her centre on a plan to move 3,400 kilos of cocaine from Colombia to the US by ship.

Her role had been to set up the shipping and logistical support to supply the drugs flotilla that would the cargo from Ecuador and Mexico to southern California

The drugs gang had assembled a number of unflagged ships and fishing boats organised by 'La Jefa'.

When surprised by police officers this week she claimed the arrest was a mistake.

A number of women are known to hold senior positions in Mexican drug cartels including Enedina Arellano Félix who took over control of the Tijuana Cartel following the arrest or murders of seven of her brothers.

The trained accountant who set up sophisticated money laundering schemes, also known as La Jefa or La Senora, is depicted in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico.

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