Another Drug Kingpin Detained in the Peninsula

César Gastélum Serrano (Photo: PGR)

In an operation with the Mexican Navy, César Gastélum Serrano, drug trafficker and partner of several other drug lords, was arrested on the morning of Sunday April 10th, on the Kukulcán Boulevard in the middle of Cancun’s hotel zone.

Running from the airport to the downtown area, this 30 kilometers (approximately 18 miles) boulevard is the main street of the hotel zone.

Officials of the General Attorney’s Office of Quintana Roo (PGJE) and the Federal Police in Cancún denied having information on the event.

Felipe de Jesús Muñoz Vázquez, specialized criminal investigator sub attorney of the General Attorney Office of Mexico (PGR), stated that Gastélum Serrano was arrested while stepping out of a white Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck, carrying a gun.

Gastélum was apprehended while stepping out of a a pickup truck and trying to aboard a BMW; he was in possession of a .38 caliber gun, 16 cartridges, two cellphones, a package with 700 grams of cocaine and 200 smaller packages of the same drug.

This man is one of the most wanted criminals by the US Treasure Department, allegedly one of the biggest cocaine providers for the US black market.

César Gastélum Serrano (Photo: PGR)
César Gastélum Serrano (Photo: PGR)

Drug distribution

According to the Social Communication department of Mexico’s Ministry of Interior (SEGOB), Gastélum Serrano was responsible of the cocaine traffic route, out of Colombia through Honduras – Guatemala – Mexico, ending up in The United States.

After his arrest, the suspect was delivered to the Public Ministry of the Federation, part of the Specialized in Crime Investigation Sub Attorney (Seido).

The 47 year old man, from the Dorado municipality in Culiacán, Sinaloa, was the chief of the Sinaloa Cartel. He used an extensive criminal network that allowed him to lead an organization able to transport many tons of illegal substances weekly though Honduras and Guatemala to North America.

As a part of his network, he owned companies in México and Central America, worth millions of dollars. One of these, a scaffolding family business, was used for drug transportation purposes.

According to the information of intelligence of the federal authorities in Sinaloa, Gastelúm Serrano moved to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where he was identified as the Valle brothers’ business partner, the main crime organization in Honduras.

He was also business partner of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada, Dámaso López and “El Chapo” Guzmán.