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Mexican Cartels sending trusted agents to work in USA!

Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States – an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels’ move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering.

Cartel activity in the U.S. is certainly not new. Starting in the 1990s, the ruthless syndicates became the nation’s No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, using unaffiliated middlemen to smuggle cocaine, marijuana and heroin beyond the border or even to grow pot here.

But a wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S. Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, often in middle-class suburbs in the Midwest, South and Northeast.

“It’s probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime,” said Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration‘s Chicago office.

The cartel threat looms so large that one of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpins — a man who has never set foot in Chicago — was recently named the city’s Public Enemy No. 1, the same notorious label once assigned to Al Capone.

The Chicago Crime Commission, a non-government agency that tracks crime trends in the region, said it considers Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman even more menacing than Capone because Guzman leads the deadly Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in Chicago and in many cities across the U.S.

Years ago, Mexico faced the same problem — of then-nascent cartels expanding their power — “and didn’t nip the problem in the bud,” said Jack Killorin, head of an anti-trafficking program in Atlanta for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “And see where they are now.”

Riley sounds a similar alarm: “People think, `The border’s 1,700 miles away. This isn’t our problem.’ Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border.”

Border states from Texas to California have long grappled with a cartel presence. But cases involving cartel members have now emerged in the suburbs of Chicago and Atlanta, as well as Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and rural North Carolina. Suspects have also surfaced in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Mexican drug cartels “are taking over our neighborhoods,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned a legislative committee in February. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan disputed her claim, saying cartels are primarily drug suppliers, not the ones trafficking drugs on the ground.

For years, cartels were more inclined to make deals in Mexico with American traffickers, who would then handle transportation to and distribution within major cities, said Art Bilek, a former organized crime investigator who is now executive vice president of the crime commission.

As their organizations grew more sophisticated, the cartels began scheming to keep more profits for themselves. So leaders sought to cut out middlemen and assume more direct control, pushing aside American traffickers, he said.

Beginning two or three years ago, authorities noticed that cartels were putting “deputies on the ground here,” Bilek said. “Chicago became such a massive market … it was critical that they had firm control.”

To help fight the syndicates, Chicago recently opened a first-of-its-kind facility at a secret location where 70 federal agents work side-by-side with police and prosecutors. Their primary focus is the point of contact between suburban-based cartel operatives and city street gangs who act as retail salesmen. That is when both sides are most vulnerable to detection, when they are most likely to meet in the open or use cellphones that can be wiretapped.

Others are skeptical about claims cartels are expanding their presence, saying law-enforcement agencies are prone to exaggerating threats to justify bigger budgets.

David Shirk, of the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute, said there is a dearth of reliable intelligence that cartels are dispatching operatives from Mexico on a large scale.

“We know astonishingly little about the structure and dynamics of cartels north of the border,” Shirk said. “We need to be very cautious about the assumptions we make.”

Statistics from the DEA suggest a heightened cartel presence in more U.S. cities. In 2008, around 230 American communities reported some level of cartel presence. That number climbed to more than 1,200 in 2011, the most recent year for which information is available, though the increase is partly due to better reporting.

Dozens of federal agents and local police interviewed by the AP said they have identified cartel members or operatives using wiretapped conversations, informants or confessions. Hundreds of court documents reviewed by the AP appear to support those statements.

“This is the first time we’ve been seeing it — cartels who have their operatives actually sent here,” said Richard Pearson, a lieutenant with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, which arrested four alleged operatives of the Zetas cartel in November in the suburb of Okolona.

People who live on the tree-lined street where authorities seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash were shocked to learn their low-key neighbors were accused of working for one of Mexico’s most violent drug syndicates, Pearson said.

One of the best documented cases is Jose Gonzalez-Zavala, who was dispatched to the U.S. by the La Familia cartel, according to court filings.

In 2008, the former taxi driver and father of five moved into a spacious home at 1416 Brookfield Drive in a middle-class neighborhood of Joliet, southwest of Chicago. From there, court papers indicate, he oversaw wholesale shipments of cocaine in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Wiretap transcripts reveal he called an unidentified cartel boss in Mexico almost every day, displaying the deference any midlevel executive might show to someone higher up the corporate ladder. Once he stammered as he explained that one customer would not pay a debt until after a trip.

“No,” snaps the boss. “What we need is for him to pay.”

The same cartel assigned Jorge Guadalupe Ayala-German to guard a Chicago-area stash house for $300 a week, plus a promised $35,000 lump-sum payment once he returned to Mexico after a year or two, according to court documents.

Ayala-German brought his wife and child to help give the house the appearance of an ordinary family residence. But he was arrested before he could return home and pleaded guilty to multiple trafficking charges. He will be sentenced later this year.

Socorro Hernandez-Rodriguez was convicted in 2011 of heading a massive drug operation in suburban Atlanta’s Gwinnett County. The chief prosecutor said he and his associates were high-ranking figures in the La Familia cartel — an allegation defense lawyers denied.

And at the end of February outside Columbus, Ohio, authorities arrested 34-year-old Isaac Eli Perez Neri, who allegedly told investigators he was a debt collector for the Sinaloa cartel.

An Atlanta attorney who has represented reputed cartel members says authorities sometimes overstate the threat such men pose.

“Often, you have a kid whose first time leaving Mexico is sleeping on a mattress at a stash house playing Game Boy, eating Burger King, just checking drugs or money in and out,” said Bruce Harvey. “Then he’s arrested and gets a gargantuan sentence. It’s sad.”

Because cartels accumulate houses full of cash, they run the constant risk associates will skim off the top. That points to the main reason cartels prefer their own people: Trust is hard to come by in their cutthroat world. There’s also a fear factor. Cartels can exert more control on their operatives than on middlemen, often by threatening to torture or kill loved ones back home.

Danny Porter, chief prosecutor in Gwinnett County, Ga., said he has tried to entice dozens of suspected cartel members to cooperate with American authorities. Nearly all declined. Some laughed in his face.

“They say, `We are more scared of them (the cartels) than we are of you. We talk and they’ll boil our family in acid,”‘ Porter said. “Their families are essentially hostages.”

Citing the safety of his own family, Gonzalez-Zavala declined to cooperate with authorities in exchange for years being shaved off his 40-year sentence.

In other cases, cartel brass send their own family members to the U.S.

“They’re sometimes married or related to people in the cartels,” Porter said. “They don’t hire casual labor.” So meticulous have cartels become that some even have operatives fill out job applications before being dispatched to the U.S., Riley added.

In Mexico, the cartels are known for a staggering number of killings — more than 50,000, according to one tally. Beheadings are sometimes a signature.

So far, cartels don’t appear to be directly responsible for large numbers of slayings in the United States, though the Texas Department of Public Safety reported 22 killings and five kidnappings in Texas at the hands of Mexican cartels from 2010 through mid- 2011.

Still, police worry that increased cartel activity could fuel heightened violence.

In Chicago, the police commander who oversees narcotics investigations, James O’Grady, said street-gang disputes over turf account for most of the city’s uptick in murders last year, when slayings topped 500 for the first time since 2008. Although the cartels aren’t dictating the territorial wars, they are the source of drugs.

Riley’s assessment is stark: He argues that the cartels should be seen as an underlying cause of Chicago’s disturbingly high murder rate.

“They are the puppeteers,” he said. “Maybe the shooter didn’t know and maybe the victim didn’t know that. But if you follow it down the line, the cartels are ultimately responsible.”

 
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Posted by on 04/02/2013 in Crime!, Drugs, Mexican Drug Cartels, Money Laundering

 

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half ton of marijuana in the state of Hidalgo confiscated

Police say trailer carrying a hidden compartment of 177 packages were extracted in the state of Hidalgo

half ton of marijuana in the state of Hidalgo located in trailer truck

half ton of marijuana in the state of Hidalgo located in trailer truck

Elements of the Federal Police seized a trailer having a hidden compartment with more than half ton of marijuana in the state of Hidalgo.

After stopping a Truck attached to a double trailer, which circulated on the kilometer 24 +500 of Highway 45 Mexico-Ciudad Juarez, federal police detected in the area designated for the load inside measurements did not match those from outside the unit.

Therefore, a thorough inspection was made into the box, where boards were located with silicone covering a hidden compartment, the drivers name was Jesus Tellez David Barron, 42 and the truck was taken to the facilities of the Attorney General’s Office in Pachuca, Hidalgo.

There in the presence of Ministerial Agent 177 packages were found containing green grass with the characteristics of marijuana, which yielded a total weight of 1,589 lbs .

Therefore, the drugs, vehicle and Barron Téllez was who were read the “Charter of the Rights of Persons Assisting in Detention”, were made available to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation, which hosts the investigations.

 
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Posted by on 03/02/2013 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Rape of Tourist in Acapulco

Tourist are not safe in Acapulco!

Español: Área turística del Acapulco Tradicion...

Español: Área turística del Acapulco Tradicional o Náutico en Acapulco, Guerrero, México. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The coordinator of the PRD senators, Miguel Barbosa, said the violation of six Spanish tourists last week in Acapulco, Guerrero, requires three levels of government to exhaust all lines of investigation.

The legislature also highlighted problem in capturing those responsible, otherwise will challenge the actions of the authorities and law enforcement in Mexico.

This unfortunate event will not be solved with the demarcation of powers or responsibilities, with dramatic unfortunate statements or requests federal support, but through actions and coordinated strategies between the fields of government, he said.

Guerrero is one of the entities facing enormous complexities and obstacles, “precisely because of that situation, Guerrero citizens opted for a change and elected people with the ability, experience and strength to meet their demands,” he said.

“That trust can not be disappointed,” he said and warned that these unfortunate events in Acapulco can generate economic damage by the withdrawal of Spanish and European tourism in the Mexican resorts.

This, he added, is serious because right now the federal government and various state governments view tourism as a sector of the economy to trigger the development and promotion of the best tourist destinations is to ensure safety for visitors.

“We can not resign ourselves to that insecurity prevents citizens from around the world visit us because we can not guarantee the minimum required security,” he said in a statement.

Barbosa Huerta felt to do justice in this case and that “violations must not go unpunished, otherwise, the ability of the authorities will be compromised and with it, the entire administration of justice in our country.”

The Institute also president Belisario Dominguez said that Mexico has to show its capacity for research and application of justice, so sued the federal, state and municipal spare no resources to clarify the facts.

It is necessary, he insisted, provide care for the victims and their companions, make capturing their attackers and then take actions and decisions so that crimes of this nature resubmitted against any foreign or domestic tourists.

“Events like those that occurred in Acapulco should be the reason for the three levels of government have coordinated actions, innovative and above all, sensitivity to the victims,” ​​he said.

 
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Posted by on 02/11/2013 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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New Alliance leader slain in Alcapulco early on Wednesday morning

In the early hours of Wednesday, was killed by two bullets to the Costera Miguel Aleman, Miguel Angel Torres Gutiérrez

New Alliance leader killed with two bullets to the head

New Alliance leader killed with two bullets to the head

ACAPULCO, In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Costera Miguel Aleman, the municipal leader of the New Alliance Party (Honeycomb) in Acapulco, Miguel Angel Torres Gutiérrez was killed with two bullets to the head.

According to the police report, the incident occurred on the main tourist strip, ten minutes after 12 o’clock at night.

The political leader was getting into his vehicle when a man approached him from behind and shot him twice in the head, and then fled.

To have the report of the facts, federal public safety officials, state and municipal cordoned off the area and covered the car with the body inside political leader.

Miguel Angel Torres was manager of the travel agency “Omega”, located in the Twin Towers condominium, which is located on Avenida Miguel Alemán, in the Golden Zone of Acapulco.

The political leader assumed the leadership of New Partnership in Acapulco, in September 2008, in the last municipal elections, in which the mayor was renewed. 

 
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Posted by on 12/06/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Obama can cheat the people but not God!

The view of Hurricane Sandy’s damage in New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Doug Mills)

Obama can lie and cheat his way to being the President of the USA, but he will pay the price when he answers to God !

While persisting gas shortages have kept New York and New Jersey running on empty, another coastal storm is approaching, threatening to set back the already-devastated regions when it strikes on Wednesday.

Hurricane Sandy left more than 100 dead, caused $20 billion in damages, and left more than 8.5 million people without power at its peak. With many gas stations out of power or unable to transport fuel to their stations, the few that were in service hosted lines of people that sometimes stretched for miles and took hours to get through.

“We’re a gallon away from turning into a Third World country,” New York employee Scott Sire told the Associated Press. State officials in the hurricane-affected areas, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have promised that the gas shortage would soon be resolved. But many are skeptical. Charles Johnson, 67, told the Huffington Post that city officials have been making false promises. The man has so far been unable to fill his tank with the gas he needs to drive and rescue his brother from one of the hardest-hit areas.

“They said don’t worry, tankers are coming,” he said. “I want to believe these jerks who say on TV the gas is on the way.”

NY Sen. Charles Schumer on Thursday promised that the gas shortfall would be eased “in a day or two.” But even as the New York subway reopened, the shortage has not ceased. Lines continued to snake for half a mile from the few gas stations that were open.

While the transportation problem persists, another looming threat is approaching from the coast.

The National Weather Service has predicted that another storm could hit the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday, causing additional power outages in regions that may get snow. Along the coast, the storm may be accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, flooding, and temperature drops. A five ft storm surge could hit western Long Island.

Buildings and trees that have already been damaged and weakened by Hurricane Sandy could be further devastated by the second storm.

Weather forecasters are most concerned about the storm hitting areas where sand dunes are now gone, thereby causing flooding in regions that are already suffering.

As temperatures drop and snow falls in Pennsylvania and the Catskills, the 157,000 Con Edison costumers who are still without power would face even harsher conditions. And without gas to drive to safer ground, Hurricane Sandy victims may be forced to stick it out a second time.

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2012 in Politics, The Face of Evil

 

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SANTO DOMINGO four teenagers kill seven year old for Envy!

The children admitted to the Police force that they led Randy Beltran to a deserted spot where he was beaten to death

SANTO DOMINGO four teenagers kill seven year old for Envy!
SANTO DOMINGO four teenagers kill seven year old for Envy!

SANTO DOMINGO, March 28. – The Dominican police reported today that four teenagers, including two Haitians killed a seven year old because they envied him, because of the victim’s ability to receive cash by asking motorists on the streets in Santo Domingo.

The accused children confessed, to the authorities. They explained to the police that they led Randy Beltran to an uninhabited area of the sector La Puya in the Dominican capital where he was beaten to death and robbed of 300 pesos (7.70 dollars).

Three of the offenders, aged between 13 and 15, were arrested by the police, who established that both the accused and the child killed were known.

Police investigators also revealed that one of the minors detained recently stripped the victim of 500 pesos (about 12.8 U.S. dollars), after beating him and threatening him with death.

Randy Beltran was reported missing by his parents on 24 March and had since started a search ended yesterday with the discovery of his body.

In the Dominican Republic a minor under the age of 18 convicted of murder can only be sentenced to a maximum penalty of five years.

 
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Posted by on 03/29/2012 in Abused Children, Crime!

 

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Venezuelan police kills Chilean consul’s daughter Berendique Karen

As recognized officially, police fired into the vehicle Berendique Karen, who would meet with friends, young people ignored the voices of high officials

Venezuelan police kills Chilean consul's daughter

FATAL CONFUSION The Honorary Consul of Chile in Maracaibo, Fernando Berendique, inidicó her daughter, who was in a car with friends, ignored the high voice of the agents to believe they could be criminals. (AP)

Berendique Karen, daughter of Honorary Consul of Chile in Maracaibo , died Saturday after being mortally wounded by officers in a police attack, they fired into the vehicle she was traveling in with her brother, as officially admitted.

The Consul Fernando Berendique, who lived for 30 years in Venezuela, told local media that his daughter, 19, “was killed when police officers went to a reunion with his school friends.”

It also stated that his sons and another young man who accompanied them ignored the high voice of the agents to believe they could become victims of criminals. The agents had set up a checkpoint in an area north of Maracaibo, about 650 kilometers west of Caracas . The agents did not have any visible identification and carrying automatic weapons, said the consul.

In Maracaibo and in the other major Venezuelan cities are frequent armed robberies. “They came suddenly and four blocks from my house were intercepted, were armed. Gave voice high, the boys were nervous because it was dark. The least we can hope for is that the police turned on the lights (of patrols ), did not and fired, and continued to do so, “said the consul.

“The first impact (bullet) was on the windshield, when my son desperately retreated … to see that Karen was unconscious and wounded, he stopped. They were identified and officials said they fired because they stopped the car,” he said.

The Corps for Scientific Penal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC) condemned the incident and said he had evidence of police malpractice. The boy died after being shot three times, reports said. “We condemn this type of police malpractice is an unfortunate, isolated the true mission (police),” he told reporters Commissioner Jose Humberto Ramirez , director of the CICPC.

“The disciplinary commissions proceedings for exemplary measures” and surrendered the weapons carried by the 12 officers who were put in the order of the Attorney General . The Attorney General said in a statement that two prosecutors, experts in human rights, were commissioned to conduct the research.

According to official figures, in 2011 there were 48 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, making the country, nearly 28 million people, one of the most violent in the region. On 11 November, the Chilean Consulate in Caracas, Juan Carlos Fernandez, was the victim of an assault and kept him detained for anything from two hours. He was abandoned on a public street, shot and wounded, and beaten.

 
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Posted by on 03/18/2012 in Crime!

 

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