Sinaloa Cartel: Chino Antrax Sentencing

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

There is an scheduling update in the United States case against Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa.  Aréchiga is better known by his Sinaloa Cartel moniker of “Chino Antrax”. He was the one of the founders and leaders of the Sinaloa enforcer group Los Ántrax along with Jesús Peña (El 20). The group operated for and under the direction of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.


Aréchiga was arrested on December 30, 2013, while at the Amsterdam International Airport. Dutch police arrested the wanted man,  on behalf of a Interpol warrant issued by the United States. He was subsequently extradited to the U.S. to stand trial, but pleaded guilty after cutting a plea deal. 


According to court documents, there was a sentencing date scheduled for January 17th 2017.

“Minute Order by Judge Dana M. Sabraw: Sentence With PSR set for 1/12/2017 10:00 AM in Courtroom 13A before Judge Dana M. Sabraw.”

However on January 9, 2017, there was a request for continuance (postponement) filed by Frank Ragen, the attorney representing Aréchiga, citing additional time needed to prepare.  It was a joint motion filed by both defense and prosecutors. (read filings below)

The motion to Continue Sentencing Hearing  was granted and rescheduled for July 13, 2017.

U.S. District Court
Southern District of California (casd)

333 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101


As for Aréchiga’s partner known as “El 20”, (at left) he was arrested in Sinaloa on February 2014.  He is currently incarcerated in Mexico, and has been sentenced.  

The Third Unit Court found him criminally responsible for crimes against health, possession of cocaine and marijuana and carrying firearms and possession of cartridges for firearms of exclusive use. Seems they forgave all the killings. 

The judge sentenced him to 13 years,  eight months in prison and a fine of 14,448 MNX Pesos or about 710 US dollars.