Cartel emissary for El Chapo’s former righthand man who’s facing extradition to US offered Colombian cops $265,000 to be released
- Brian Olguin, an alleged member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was taken into custody in Cali, Colombia, on Friday
- The 38-year-old reportedly tried to bribe the police with $265,000 to that he could release him
- Authorities say he was in the South American nation representing the cartel’s cell led by fugitive drug lord Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada
- Olguin had met with dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to coordinate cocaine shipments to Central America
- He is facing extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges
An alleged emissary for Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s former righthand man has been captured in Colombia and is now awaiting to be extradited to the United States after an unsuccessful attempt to bribe cops.
Brian Olguin was taken into custody after authorities raided the apartment he was renting in the high-end Cali neighborhood of Ciudad Jardín on Friday, the Colombian National Police said in a statement.
He attempted to bribe the arresting officers with $265,000 in exchange for his release, but was unable to do so.
Olguin was identified as being a member of the Sinaloa Cartel and is facing drug trafficking charges in the Southern District Court of California.
The 38-year-old had a Red Notice issued by the INTERPOL in 196 countries.
Brian Olguin was taken into custody in Cali, Colombia, on Friday. Authorities identified him as an alleged member of the Sinaloa Cartel and emissary for the family of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán who was in the South American country to coordinate cocaine shipments to Central America
Brian Olguin reportedly tried to bribe the Colombian police with $265,000 so that he could be released. He is awaiting extradition to the United States to face drug trafficking charges
Brian Olguin had a Red Notice issued by INTERPOL in 196 countries. The alleged member of the Sinaloa Cartel was taken into custody in Cali, Colombia, on Friday
Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada (pictured), who co-founded the Sinaloa Cartel with El Chapo, is still at large
Olguin had traveled to the South American nation in February to arrange meetings with dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, traveling throughout the departments of Cauca, Nariño and Valle del Cauca, where he was arrested in the capital, Cali.
The purpose of the trip was to establish routes to smuggle cocaine into Central America for the Sinaloa Cartel cell that is led by the organization’s co-founder Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
The U.S. is offering a $15 million reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Zambada, who has never been arrested.
The Drug Enforcement Administration alerted its counterparts in the Andean nation. Authorities spotted him on surveillance cameras as he walked through the arrivals terminal accompanied by a woman at José María Cordova International Airport in Medellín before the boarded a vehicle and headed towards the southern Colombia.
Colombian authorities had Olguin under surveillance for about to weeks after investigators discovered that the woman had posted a photo on her Facebook page that showed the pair kissing in front of a monument, according to El Tiempo newspaper.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel
Brian Olguin is escorted by Colombian authorities following his arrest in Cali, Colombia, on Friday
Investigators were able to track his whereabouts to Cali, where he regularly visited several bars and restaurants located in exclusive neighborhoods.
Authorities were able to place an undercover agent as the condominium doorman the night of Olguin’s capture at the apartment complex.
Olguin had a security team made up of Mexican nationals who alerted him at all times of any impending police activity.
He called the lobby desk after he was made aware that a group of uniformed cops had entered the building. However, he was advised that it was only part of a routine visit and that he had nothing to worry about.
Instead, the agents secured all of the building exits while a second team of officers was at his apartment door ready to pounce on him before he was arrested without incident.