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By SecureWorld News Team
Fri | May 19, 2017 | 10:58 AM PDT

With story lines made for a movie.

Motherboard reports:

On May 2, the Mexican government arrested Dámaso López Núñez, the purported heir to the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world's most powerful organized crime groups. Authorities hadn't seen so much as a picture of López Núñez in 15 years, but were able to track down and arrest him after seeing him in a video captured secretly by a man using a rigged Android smartphone.

Mexican media has since reported that the man, who has been described as a "hacker" and risked his life by betraying López Núñez, is "being protected" in the United States. In reality, the hacker is not in the US, but rather still in Mexico.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, which he claims he hasn't left in days, the hacker told Motherboard he's worried about the cartel trying to avenge the arrest of López Núñez—his one-time employer. He also feels abandoned by the Mexican government. Last year, according to the hacker, officials offered him protection and $1.5 million USD—the same bounty Mexico put on infamous Sinaloa boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán—if he helped nab López Núñez. But he says he's stuck in a sort of purgatory, in light of unfulfilled promises of protection Mexican officials made to him in exchange for providing the video.

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