They go for ‘El Chueco’, but the former mayor of Sinaloa falls with 2.5 million pesos

Sinaloa, Mexico.- The former mayor of Choix, Lindolfo Reyes Gutiérrez, was arrested by the National Guard in possession of 2.5 million pesos, found during a search at a checkpoint in Sinaloa.

Uniformed men were working at the entrance of that municipality located 40 kilometers from the border with Chihuahua to find the whereabouts of José Noriel Portillo Gil, alias “El Chueco”.

The money was found in a backpack in the unit in which the PRI politician was traveling, for which he was transferred to the facilities of the Attorney General’s Office.

There, investigations will be carried out on the origin of the cash, which could not be justified by Reyes Gutiérrez.

The detainee served as Edil de Choix between 2015 and 2018, championed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

In this regard, the PRI leader in Sinaloa, Cinthia Valenzuela Langarica, said that the necessary investigations should be carried out to determine if the former mayor violated the law.

“It is an amount that is not very ordinary that some citizen of this state or of this country could be transferring, we would have to verify the origin of this resource,” he explained.

“It should be noted that Lindolfo, in addition to being a politician or former Municipal President, is a rancher, has various activities, that is why we will also have to give him his right to defend himself.”

Who is “El Chueco” and why are they looking for him?

José Noriel Portillo Gil is wanted by federal and Chihuahua authorities after the murder of two Jesuit priests and a tour guide on June 20 in the community of Cerocahui, in Urique.

According to a witness, “El Chueco” allegedly shot the religious and the civilian in a church, and then took the bodies.

In addition, Portillo Gil is accused of other crimes such as homicide and kidnapping, and of being part of the criminal group “Los Salazar”, a cell of the Sinaloa cartel.

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