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In search for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán


Chapo Sinaloa Lady

Mexican Marines are nipping at the heels of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s – or at least that’s what the minister overseeing the Marines believes.

Since Oct. 6, thousands of soldiers have been sent to the area known as Mexico’s “Golden Triangle,” the remote, mountainous region where the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa converge.

Most of them parachuted in.

The operation was reportedly triggered by information provided to Mexican authorities by U.S. drug agents who were monitoring cell phone activity.

Around 200 people from the region, presumably scared of getting caught in the crossfire between the Marines and the Sinaloa Cartel’s sicarios, have fled to the town of Cosalá.

“The Marines told us that they want to capture the Lord,” they told reporters, and mentioned talking about soldiers attacking civilians.

“People are frightened,” Cosalá’s representative in the state legislature, Lucero Sánchez López, told TV reporters, adding that at least eight people were missing.

The most interesting fact about Sánchez  is that she has been identified by the Mexican press and the Attorney General’s office, as Chapo’s newest lover and the mother of his youngest child, an allegation she has consistently denied.

For its part, SEMAR says there haven’t been any civilian attacks, but it doesn’t deny that the Marines are carrying out an operation in that sector of Sinaloa and across the state line in Durango – a state that’s governed by Ricardo Ochoa, whose sister, Emma Coronel, happens to be Chapo’s current wife.

The presumed romantic relationship between the 57-year-old Guzmán – the world’s most wanted drug kingpin – and a 26-year-old, thick-lipped and light-haired member of the National Action Party (PAN) – has spread ever since June, when it was first reported that she visited Chapo in Altiplano prison, some 55 miles from Mexico City, in May when she was pregnant.

At the time, authorities at the prison lodged a complaint with PGR saying that Chapo received a visit from a woman who used a fake ID who was not his wife. For her part, Sánchez says that the woman photographed with the drug lord isn’t her.

The newspaper Excélsior, suggested that Sánchez first met Chapo in 2013, at a party in the Golden Triangle that both attended. A few months later, her former husband and the father of her two sons, Rubén Chavez, 27, was shot to death.

A few days after Chapo’s second escape from a Mexican high-security prison in July, the Attorney General’s office (PGR in its Spanish acronym) leaked to the media a statement by one of Guzmán Loera’s attorneys confirming that Sánchez  visited his client to discuss details of where and how their child would be raised.

A veteran columnist from El Universal newspaper, Ricardo Alemán, wrote, “Very little is known for a fact about Chapo’s children … What we do know is that Chapo’s youngest kid is the son of Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, presently a deputy in the Sinaloa Congress from the 16th district of Cosalá.”

He added, “It is also known that Mrs. Sánchez became deputy in the state congress by virtue of Chapo’s influence in Cosalá.”

Sánchez continues to deny having a relationship with Chapo. At a session of the Sinaloa Congress in July, she said the topic was “ridiculous” and condemned  the PGR’s “coarse leaks” and said she intended to “file a claim with the [Mexican] Human Rights Commission for defamation and moral injury to me, my children and the rest of my family.”

It isn’t known whether she has filed any claim or if she has been called into the PGR for questioning. Chapo’s wife, with whom the kingpin has twin daughters, has not made any public statement on the matter.

PAN leaders have stated that Sánchez will be removed from her post if it proves that she did, in fact, visit Chapo at Altiplano.

Whether or not Sánchez is involved with Chapo, few people doubt that he’s in the Golden Triangle. What’s less clear is that Mexico’s forces will be able to catch him a third time.

“There’s hardly any other place where he could feel more secure than the Golden Triangle, where he has not only friends but family and social protection,” analyst José Reveles, author of the Spanish-language book, “El Chapo: Surrender and Treason,” told Fox News Latino.

Gardenia Mendoza is a freelance reporter in Mexico City.

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Posted by on 10/17/2015 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Police arrest 13 suspected Zetas cartel members in Guadalajara

Vasquez Zetas Member
Vasquez Zetas Member

Police arrest 13 suspected Zetas in Guadalajara

One of the detainees received between 100 and 150 thousand dollars to be paid to the services of other members of the cell

GUADALAJARA, Feb. 20. – Mexican authorities today seized 13 people, including two women, who allegedly made up a cell of the group “Los Zetas” in the western state of Jalisco, officials said.

The suspects were arrested this morning in the town of Tlajomulco, about 15 kilometers from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, following some traders complained that sought to extort money, reported the Ministry of State Security.

According to the first statements of the group leader, Alfredo Vazquez, detainees were recruited by a “chief zeta”, identified as “Don Jose”, which led to the town earlier this year in order to “execute some criminal actions “.

In addition, Vasquez said he received between 100 thousand and 150 thousand pesos (between 7 thousand and 11 thousand U.S. dollars) every two weeks, which was distributed to members of the cell as payment for his services.

The Security Ministry announced that seven of those arrested are from the state of Guanajuato (central Mexico), four of Durango, (north) and two of Jalisco, and some of them have criminal records.

In the operation state police seized a AR-15 rifle, five handguns and two trucks with plates of Durango.

Military personnel have dismantled, in the same municipality, various laboratories for the manufacture of synthetic drugs, including an industrial type with more than 18 hectares in which were found about 20 tons of chemicals, and seized 15 tons of methamphetamine.

In this region the Zetas operate a group that until 2010 was the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, and Jalisco band New Generation, created following the divisions between drug trafficking organizations after the death of Ignacio Coronel, aka “Nacho Coronel“, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

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Posted by on 02/21/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Lock Down from an Armed Commando Raid!

Closing the doors again!

Closing the doors again!Image by blmurch via Flickr

The shooting sent terror among the communities forcing residents of both towns to lock themselves in their homes, leaving the streets deserted. This also forced the municipal police department to also seek shelter in the local police station.

A heavily armed convoy of gunmen was seen driving through the town of Las Nieves, Durango where they eventually executed 3 men in a town not far called Villa Ocampo. The sicarios took over the town of Villa Ocampo and murdered the tree men in three different locations with total impunity.

One of the men executed was identified as Jose Reyes Acosta, “El Venado,” 41 years of age and resident of Las Nieves, Durango. The other victim was identified as Manuel Antonio Corral Garcia, 24 years of age, also from Las Nieves. The third victims was identified as Jose Narisco Roacho Moreno, “El Chon,” who lives in Villa Ocampo. El Chon is a well known businessman in the community, who was described as stocky build, with a dark complexion and about 28 years of age.

Next to the bodies police found numerous spent casings from a 9mm firearm and 7.62X39 casings consistent with “cuernos de chivo” or AK-47.

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Posted by on 10/24/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” may be hiding out in the U.S.

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon told the New York Times that he thinks fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” may be hiding out in the U.S.

In newly-released extracts, translated into Spanish, from an interview with the newspaper, Calderon expressed his suspicions that Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sheltering on the northern side of the border.

When asked about the recent reports that Guzman’s wife had traveled to Los Angeles to give birth, and whether Mexican authorities had tried to stop and interrogate her about the drug lord’s whereabouts, Calderon replied that that was a question for the U.S. border authorities. He suggested that Guzman might have been present for the birth, and said he wondered why the U.S. authorities didn’t capture the cartel boss.

The president went on to say that “it is amazing that [Chapo] and his wife are so relaxed in the U.S., which leads me to wonder … how many Mexican capos will be more relaxed on the northern side of the border than on the southern side?”

Calderon’s government has often faced accusations of collaborating with the Sinaloa Cartel and lacking the political will to recapture the Sinaloa boss, who escaped from prison in 2001.

Guzman (pictured above, next to image of wife Emma Coronel) has been variously rumored to be hiding out in Argentina, Bolivia, and Guatemala, as well as in his stronghold in the mountains of Durango, Mexico.

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Posted by on 10/20/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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