Mexico detains alleged money launderer for Sinaloa Cartel

FILE - In this July 16, 2015 file photo, a Federal Police shows a reward notice for information leading to the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who made his escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison via an underground tunnel, in Almoloya, west of Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto posted on his Twitter account, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, that drug lord Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman has been recaptured.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s federal police say they have detained a man identified as one of the top money launderers for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The federal police said on its Twitter account Sunday that Juan Manuel Alvarez was detained in the southern state of Oaxaca.

It was unclear whether Alvarez was allegedly operating a financial network in Oaxaca, which is hundreds of miles from Guzman’s Pacific coast home state of Sinaloa. The Sinaloa Cartel has long been viewed as Mexico’s most profitable drug gang.

Guzman was the one of the cartel’s top leaders before he was arrested in January.

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