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Suspected marijuana broker extradited to Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities say a man has been extradited from Mexico City
to Tucson to face drug and money laundering charges in southern Arizona.

Raul Ernesto Esquivel was among 18 people indicted in November 2010.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the 65-count indictment including
charges involving illegally conducting a drug enterprise, money laundering and
unlawful use of wire communication.

Prosecutors say Esquivel allegedly was a marijuana sales broker working on
behalf of a drug trafficking organization operating in southern Arizona.

Esquivel was arrested in Mexico by a provisional arrest warrant prepared by
Horne’s office. It was issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and a federal
court in Mexico City.

He was arraigned Tuesday and has a court hearing on Sept. 5. It’s unclear if
Esquivel has a lawyer yet.


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