Cartel Hitman “El Cholo” Lived In Ohio For Last Ten Years, Extradited To Mexico

An alleged hit man for the one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico spent the last ten years living in Sandusky, Ohio before he was arrested on January 5 of this year, according to a report by CNN.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection announced in a news release that Edgar Campos-Barraza, better known as “El Cholo,” is believed to be an assassin for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Information about his arrest was not released until his extradition, which occurred earlier this month, due to “removal proceeding,” stated Border Patrol spokesman Geoffrey Ramer.

Sandusky, Ohio is best known for its amusement park Cedar Point, making the thought of a hired gun in the area a much scarier thought. But Ramer is unphased by the thought of it:

“Nothing shocks me anymore. The I-80 and I-90 corridor is an active narcotics area.”


U.S. law enforcement was given the tip to the possible location of the hitman “El Cholo” by the Mexican government. An arrest warrant was issued by the Mexican government charging Campos with aggravated kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. He is also a suspect in the murder of a State Police Officer in Baja California, Mexico.

Ramer had this to say in regards to how well the two governments worked together to track down and extradite Barraza:

“It was a great example of how we work with the Mexican government. San Diego [Border Patrol] forwarded the information to us, and [Campos] was removed for being here illegally in the country. The Mexican law enforcement officials met him at the U.S.-Mexico border on April 12.”

The following video provides a little more information on the Sinaloa Cartel.