Bengal tigers seized after raid on cartel boss who conducted human experiments
Three Bengal tigers have been seized from a drug cartel boss accused of conducting human experiments.
Mexican authorities carried out two raids on sites associated with Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, known as El Nini.
El Nini is thought to be head of security for Los Chapitos, the faction of the Sinaloa Cartel led by the sons of infamous drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán. US authorities are offering a $3million reward for information leading to El Nini's capture.
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An adult male tiger was located during the first search. The second search turned up another adult male and a female. All three were apparently in good health.
Mexico's Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) were called in to deal with the big cats, and they were taken away to receive medical attention. El Nini has reportedly bragged about the tigers on social media in the past.
The hitman controls an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel and is accused of carrying out twisted human experiments using fentanyl.
An indictment from the Southern District of New York describes how he and fellow cartel thug Jorge Humberto Figueroa Benítez (known as El 27) used unwilling human beings as test subjects for their fentanyl, despite the fact "the cartel possesses the technical capability" to test its drugs in a lab.
The document describes how they experimented on one woman they were "supposed to shoot", injecting her "repeatedly with a lower potency of fentanyl until she ultimately overdosed and died". They also tested fentanyl on "individuals who were tied down".
The indictment also states that "three cooks in a fentanyl lab that they controlled died after sampling the product". El 27 is said to have boasted about this in relation to the strength of the fentanyl in a meeting that took place on June 22, 2022.
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