CEO Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Repay Millions for Defrauding the United States in Connection with Military and Humanitarian Projects in Africa
SAN DIEGO –Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa, also known as “Chino Antrax” and “Norberto Sicairos-Garcia,” was arrested Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the request of the United States.
A federal grand jury in San Diego returned a sealed indictment on December 20, 2013, charging Arechiga-Gamboa with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances Intended for Importation and Conspiracy to Import Controlled Substances. That same day, the Clerk of the Court issued a sealed warrant for his arrest. The indictment was unsealed today.
Archiga-Gamboa was taken into custody at the airport under a fraudulent name as he deplaned from KLM Flight 686 from Mexico City, Mexico to Amsterdam. The United States made formal requests for assistance from foreign authorities via a provisional arrest warrant and an Interpol Red Notice.
The United States Attorney is currently seeking his extradition to face charges in the Southern District of California.
|DEFENDANT||Criminal Case No. 13-CR-4517-DMS|
|Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa, aka “Chino Antrax,” aka “Norberto Sicairos-Garcia”|
|SUMMARY OF CHARGES|
Count 1: Title 21, United States Code, Sections 959, 960 and 963 - Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled
Count 2: Title 21, United States Code, Sections 952, 960 and 963 - Conspiracy to Import Controlled
Drug Enforcement Administration