Drug trafficker allegedly handed over to Los Angeles

Los Angeles (AP) —Federal officials arrested an alleged international drug trafficker on Friday in Los Angeles after he was handed over from France, prosecutors said.

Jose Guillermo Grosso Gamez, 41, from Sinaloa, Mexico, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport. He will be prosecuted on Monday, according to the Federal Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. It was not immediately clear if there was a lawyer who could speak for him.

According to prosecutors, Grosso, also known as “Green Hills” or “Martinez Associados,” is considered the main defendant in the case indicting 17 people. He is the third person to be detained in the 2018 indictment.

The indictment alleges that their organization has shipped thousands of pounds of methamphetamine worldwide, sometimes hiding the drug in consumer and industrial products.

Grosso allegedly tried to transport about 265 pounds (120.20 kilograms) of methamphetamine hidden in computer equipment from Mexico to Australia. Law enforcement has intercepted shipments in Memphis.

Prosecutors claim that Grosso also bribed senior Mexican government officials.

Other countries, including Mexico and the Philippines, have also seized shipments of methamphetamine, allegedly under Grosso’s control.