In September 2012, Arturo Reyes Trujillo was looking forward to being sworn into office as municipal president (mayor) of Fronteras, Sonora, south of Agua Prieta, in Mexico. However, around September 4 of that year, 12 days before he was to officially take office, he went missing. He wasn’t kidnapped or killed by cartel soldiers, like many politicians in Mexico. He was arrested for leading a multi-million dollar cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracy in the United States. Earlier this month, Reyes Trujillo was sentenced to over 21 years in prison in the United States.
According to the DEA, from 2003 until 2007, Reyes Trujillo (then living in Tuscon, AZ) headed an operation that delivered multi-kilo shipments of cocaine across state lines, using cars and tractor-trailer trucks. It is said that the outfit is responsible for the distribution of approximately 1,000 kilos of coke throughout the United States. Millions of dollars were brought back to Arizona. Reports indicate that Reyes Trujillo laundered $20 million in drug money. When feds caught up to his organization, 77 kilos of cocaine were seized along with over $490,000 in cash.
Reyes Trujillo was arrested below the border by Mexican authorities and extradited back to the United States. “Arturo Reyes Trujillo preyed upon the addiction of American citizens to enrich himself and his friends by selling cocaine and laundering the illegal proceeds gained from these crimes,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “His lengthy sentence shows that DEA and our partners will never relent in our mission to protect the American people from the scourge of drug trafficking and abuse, and bring those responsible to face justice in United States court rooms.”