Gulf Cartel’s Head of Migrant Smuggling Was in U.S. Custody, But Released After 15 Days

One of the deadliest enforcers of the Gulf Cartel was arrested shortly after crossing into the United States in 2016. Hector “La Mimi or M-22” Sanchez Rivera, one of the leaders in the human smuggling rackets of the Gulf Cartel, despite his position in the cartel and his various and brutal crimes, was charged with only illegal crossing into the United States. He served 15 days in prison and was then deported. He has only gotten more vicious since then, and has increased human trafficking of illegal aliens into the United States but remains in Mexico where we can’t touch him. The lenient charges made by the local DA is in itself remarkable and has made border conditions worse.

From Breitbart News

McAllen, Texas — One of the men suspected of controlling the smuggling of migrants for the Gulf Cartel was previously arrested by U.S. authorities and released 15 days later on a single immigration charge. The man is considered one of the cartel’s most violent enforcers in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

As Breitbart News exclusively reported, Hector “La Mimi or M-22” Sanchez Rivera is currently a leading enforcer for the Gulf Cartel along with his brother, Ernesto. They are directly responsible for controlling the smuggling of migrants from Gulf Cartel territory in Mexico to South Texas. The duo fostered a reputation for violence and is linked to numerous executions, kidnappings, carjacks, and extortion schemes in Reynosa.

Local authorities and U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Sanchez Rivera in Rio Grande City on April 26, 2016, moments after he and a group of men crossed the border river via raft. Court documents revealed that Sanchez told federal agents he was a Mexican national without lawful presence in the U.S. Despite being a Gulf Cartel member, prosecutors only charged Sanchez Rivera with one count of illegal entry.