“El Chino Ántrax” disappears on “supervised release”… arrest warrant issued

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When arrested in 2013, San Diego’s then-U.S. attorney called him “one of the highest-ranking Sinaloa Cartel kingpins ever prosecuted in the United States.”

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On March 3, 2020 José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, alias “El Chino Ántrax” was granted a 51 month supervised release.
His probation officer arrived at Aréchiga’s approved residence for a scheduled appointment.  The P.O. not only discovered Aréchiga missing but also all of his belongings.
With the exception of his cell phone.
Attempts to connect with Aréchiga failed, therefore the probation officer notified the court of the violation and the court issued the warrant.
Conditions for the release include the notification and approval of any address change at least 10 days prior to the move.
Leaving behind the cell phone says it all.

“I’m truly ashamed. I promise you I will never again go the wrong way. I would like to be able to work honestl,”  said Aréchiga to the court during sentencing.
Further stating that when he is released, he hopes to work in “construction and home remodeling”.
In court Aréchiga expressed his desire to return to Mexico and his family.   By all accounts he comes from a respected family.
His father held positions in Sinaloa government, including commissioner of communal lands, treasurer of state highways and a congressional representative, according to a letter filed to the court.
Aréchiga mother has her master’s degree, and Aréchiga siblings all have advanced degrees.
He grew up with the zamabada family, Arechiga formed close bonds with the Zambada boys.
“They went to school together. They played together. They participated in sports together. They attended social events together. They grew to be best friends,” his attorney wrote.  El Mayo is supposedly very fond of Aréchiga.

Aréchiga was extradited to San Diego in July 2014 and a year later he pleaded guilty and entered into a plea deal –see below–. In the plea agreement, he said he belonged to the Sinaloa cartel since 2005.

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Below is his plea agreement


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