The quaint city of Sandusky has always extended open arms to outsiders, the better to share its world-
renowned amusement park, its animatronic dinosaur attractions, and its plentiful Jimmy Buffett wannabes. That must be why it’s so beloved by tourists, big-city weekenders, and the occasional stray Mexican drug cartel hit man.
So it was that Edgar Campos-Barraza had been laying low in Sandusky for 10 years, making sure tiki bar conversation never veered into talk of his alleged role as triggerman for the Sinaloa cartel. Not only was he wanted by federal authorities; he even boasts one of those scary nicknames they give you at hit man finishing school: El Cholo, which loosely translated means “The Man of the Gelatin Salads,” if our high school Spanish serves us correctly.
“We had received information from our San Diego Sector Border Patrol Intel Unit; they had gotten information from the government of Mexico,” says Agent Geoff Ramer of the Border Patrol’s office out of Detroit, where international villains tend to be more of the Canadian pothead variety.
El Cholo, meanwhile, was wanted in his homeland for aggravated kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. He’s also been linked to the murder of a state cop.
He was pulled over in early January and copped to his colorful background during questioning. Since then, he’s been grinding through the extradition process. Earlier this month, he was handed over to Mexican law enforcement, which surely apologized for the inconvenience and put him on a plane for Brazil.
Ramer declined comment on why El Cholo chose Sandusky, though the horde of babes who come to party every summer would seem a natural factor.
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