Gucci-loving El Chapo cartel smuggler ‘La Gaby’ arrested by drug cops after $1million reward placed on her head

A GLAMOROUS associate of the “most violent” faction of El Chapo’s cartel has been extradited to the United States from Guatemala.

Ana Gabriela Rubio Zea, 33, dubbed “La Gaby”, is accused of money laundering and supplying fentanyl into the US for one of the most powerful criminal organisations in Mexico.

Ana Gabriela Rubio Zea is accused of working alongside El Chapo's sons for one of the most violent drug cartel's in the world


Ana Gabriela Rubio Zea is accused of working alongside El Chapo’s sons for one of the most violent drug cartel’s in the worldCredit: Newsflash
The accused had a $1million bounty on her head for her alleged drug trafficking activities


The accused had a $1million bounty on her head for her alleged drug trafficking activitiesCredit: Newsflash

The Gucci-loving suspected criminal was flown to New York alongside four other Guatemalan drug traffickers yesterday.

The authorities say the wanted 33-year-old is part of a criminal network connected to the Sinaloa Cartel and El Chapo’s ruthless offspring known as Los Chapitos.

Known as the cartel’s most violent faction, Los Chapitos is accused of producing fentanyl in Mexico and trafficking it to the United States.

The US authorities also accuse its collaborators of crimes including murder, torture, and money laundering.

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In America, La Gaby faces charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute 400g of fentanyl in the US and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Ana’s wanted poster had offered a reward up to $1million [£778,000] for her capture.

According to investigations, the blonde Guatemalan played a crucial role in purchasing 25kg of a chemical from China that is used to produce fentantl, allegedly on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel.

After the chemical arrived in Mexico, it was processed before being transported to the US and other countries.

Mexican clients reportedly relied on La Gaby because she ensured the products’ safe delivery, passing the drugs through customs without detection by the authorities.

She often concealed the chemicals in food containers and wrappings, making it difficult for them to be discovered.

The US warned they are “going after the entire [Sinloa] network” as part of a crackdown on opioids.

The Los Chapitos faction is made up Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 36, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 37, and Ivan Guzman Salazar, 40.

In April, they were all accused of fronting the criminal empire centred around drug trafficking and torture – including running a huge fentanyl supply operation into the US.

US prosecutors accuse El Chapo’s sons of horrifically torturing their rivals, including allegedly tested their drugs on captives before inflicting the most appalling torture and depravity imaginable.

The brothers are also said to have fed them alive to their pet tigers.

Their infamous father and former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is currently serving a life sentence in a supermax US prison.

The trio remain at large and continue to run the organisation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration have even put a $10million bounty on Alfredo’s head in the hopes of tracking him down.

Their sibling Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 33, is already behind bars after being arrested on January 5 after a massive shootout that left at least 29 dead.

The Guatemalan Ministry of the Interior said that five accused individuals were handed over by special forces to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

They were all arrested this year in various round-ups of the suspected members of the notorious drug cartel.

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In a statement, they said: “Alias ‘La Gaby’ was detained on 17th March while travelling in a vehicle on Landivar Boulevard in zone 15 of the capital.

“She is wanted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl with the intention, knowledge, and reasonable belief that the fentanyl would be illegally imported into the aforementioned North American country.”

The blonde is being transported to New York to stand trial after being captured


The blonde is being transported to New York to stand trial after being capturedCredit: Newsflash
Ana had a heavy bounty on her head


Ana had a heavy bounty on her headCredit: Newsflash

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