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(CNN Español) -- The U.S. government will request from Mexico the "swift extradition" of Nestor Isidro Perez Salas, "Nini," alleged head of security of the Los Chapitos criminal group arrested Wednesday in Sinaloa, Justice Secretary Merrick Garland said Thursday.

The official said in a statement that Perez Salas must face justice in the United States, where he is accused of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamines, possession of weapons and intimidation of witnesses.

  • Nestor Isidro Perez Salas, alleged security chief of Los Chapitos wanted by the U.S., arrested in Mexico

CNN has reached out to Mexico's Attorney General's Office for more details on Perez Salas' situation but did not immediately hear back. He was also unable to find out if the detainee already has a lawyer.

Garland added that after the arrest he called Mexico's attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, to thank "the extraordinary efforts of Mexican authorities."

  • Who is Nestor Isidro Perez Salas "Nini," the alleged head of security for the Los Chapitos cartel?

Pérez Salas is considered a close collaborator of Ovidio Guzmán López, extradited to the U.S. last September and who, in turn, is the son of drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, convicted in that country in 2019.

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According to Mexican authorities, Pérez Salas was arrested on Wednesday in an operation by the National Guard and presented before a judge at the North Prison in the capital.