Mexico issues arrest warrant in killing of journalist Valdéz

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug capo Dámaso López in the 2017 killing of crusading journalist Javier Valdéz.

López is better known by his nickname “Mini-Lic”and is the son of an imprisoned Sinaloa cartel capo of the same name.

The younger López turned himself in at the U.S.-Mexico border, becoming the highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to surrender to U.S. authorities.

López was reportedly displeased by articles Valdéz wrote, and prosecutors say the younger López ordered his killing. Mexico will seek his extradition, the prosecutors’office said.

The 2016 capture of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman started a battle for control between Guzman’s sons and López.

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