A former US Marine used his military training and Mexican connections in a bid to become the next El Chapo. Marine combat vet Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. oversaw a cocaine-dealing empire, employing dozens of workers and a skill for corrupting Mexican authorities. They charged 41 people in the case and seized about 11,000 pounds cocaine, along with $9 million in drug profits. His crew brought the drug from Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, through Central America and into Mexico, where runners packed it onto boats, planes and commercial vehicles for delivery to the US in California and Texas. Dominguez, a dual US and Mexican citizen, was known as “Zeta 39,” a reference to his having trained as a member of the Los Zetas paramilitary cartel. And he worked with many other gangs, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s group, the Sinaloa Cartel, along with the Beltran Leyva Organization and the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion. US investigators got wind of Dominguez after wiretapping a top Mexican police commander saying a liaison with US law enforcement officials was leaking information to the gang. DEA agents discovered the alleged leaker’s name Ivan Reyes Arzate and that he was working with Dominguez, who relied on Reyes for alerts on a DEA probe. Reyes got arrested in Chicago in 2017. He had been the highest-ranking member of Mexico’s elite Sensitive Investigation Unit. So in the end he snitched .