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El Chapo Guzman “Cocaine Incorporated” vrs. Facebook!

El Chapo Guzman “Cocaine Incorporated” vrs. Facebook!

The report, Cocaine Incorporated, portrays how the world’s most powerful drug trafficker allegedly driving his empire

The Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman”” and his business in the world of drugs is the cover story of The New York Times Magazine. Under the heading” Cocaine, Incorporated”, the report portrays how the world’s most powerful drug trafficker allegedly driving his” empire.”

The agreement signed by the NYT contributor, Patrick Radden Keefe, Joaquin Guzman referred to as the Sinaloa Cartel CEO , responsible for half of all illegal drugs exported to the U.S. from Mexico each year and” the most wanted criminal in the post-Bin Laden era.”

” El Chapo” says the report, directed to the Cartel Sinaloa Titanic” a participant in the global black market. According to estimates by the RAD Corporation, the gross income earned by Mexican cartels from the export of drugs to neighboring United States add 6, 600 million dollars.”

 ”Besides that according to most estimates, the Sinaloa Cartel has achieved a market share of at least 40 percent and perhaps 60 percent, which means that the organization seems to enjoy annual revenue of about 3 billion dollars, comparable in terms of profits with Netflix or, for the case even with Facebook.”

The NYT Magazine highlights the figure as almost mythical as” a drug dealer in Mexico,” which with its low and sturdy constitution, the drug dealer is 55 years old, he actually has in years, approximately 150 drug outlets.

The Magazine tells the story of a drug dealer and it accompanied by a comic book illustrating a Colonel and his wife Emma gave birth to a couple of heiresses whose birth certificate has no father’s name, and how has his ” Empire,” according to the DEA, sell more drugs today than Pablo Escobar was selling at the peak of his career. ” El Chapo” according to the NYT, is a man who is constantly innovating,” and has devised an efficient solution to the challenge of moving crossing marijuana across the border, there” they cultivate it, while ” heroin is easier to smuggle, but more difficult to produce,”

”Joaquin Guzman personally negotiated shipments to the United States and supports quality …” According to the report, the Sinaloa Cartel quickly exploded the methamphetamine trade which is the future of the business.” ” But the great contribution of “El Chapo is ‘to the techniques of drug trafficking: narcotúneles”, and even gives details,” the Douglas tunnel remains the masterpiece of the bonnet, an emblem of their creative genius.”

On the organizational structure of the Sinaloa Cartel The NYT says that” in order to reduce the likelihood of clashes, the cartel raised the ancient art of dynastic marriages. It has even been talk of an alliance of blood, because many of its prominent members are” in-laws. For example, Emma Coronel, who gave birth to the twins, is a niece of Colonel”” Nacho (who died in a clash with the Army in 2010).

The report warns that” El Chapo” ”might be more troubled today than at any other time in his career,” he said that several US officials have said that a window” for the capture of Guzman will close when Calderon leaves office.”

In addition, the Sinaloa Cartel is under the threat of competition from”” The Zetas that have been expanding in the Mexican territory with bloody raids. However, the text concludes by recalling that ”El Chapo” continues to expand to Europe, Australia and even” no indication” that explores opportunities in China and Japan.

 
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Posted by on 06/18/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Mexico to rescue its bloody war on drug cartels must catch El Chapo!

Eleven years later, President Felipe Calderon‘s government is furiously trying to flush out the man nicknamed El Chapo – “Shorty” – to rescue its bloody war on drug cartels. 

Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo" No 1
Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo” No 1

Guzman’s flight from a maximum security prison in a laundry cart on January 19, 2001, was a major embarrassment to Calderon’s predecessor Vicente Fox, who had just begun a new era as the first National Action Party (PAN) official to lead Mexico.

Now, Guzman is the greatest symbol of the cartels’ defiance of Calderon, whose war unleashed a wave of gang violence that is eroding support for the PAN ahead of presidential elections on July 1. Calderon is barred by law from seeking a second term.

In the last few months, authorities have arrested dozens of Guzman’s henchmen, seized tons of his contraband and razed the biggest single marijuana plantation ever found in Mexico, subsequently chalked up as another setback for El Chapo. 

Over Christmas, three senior Guzman associates fell into Mexico’s hands, including one named as his chief of operations in Durango, a state where he has been rumored to hide out. “He’s certainly aware people very close to him have been captured over the past two weeks, so he must be seriously concerned,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a Brookings Institution expert on the drug trade. “The noose seems to be tightening.” 

Since his nighttime escape, Guzman’s legend has grown daily, as the wily capo evaded capture, eliminated rivals and sold billions of dollars worth of drugs across the border. Meanwhile, the PAN, who won office under Fox pledging to restore law and order in a country tired of the corruption that marred the 71-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has become more and more bogged down in the drug war. 

Calderon staked his reputation on rooting out the cartels, but the army-led struggle has cost over 46,000 lives in five years, spooking tourists and investors alike. As Calderon fought to contain the violence, he had to watch Guzman feted for success when the kingpin placed 41st in a Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people in 2009. Immortalized in song both in Spanish and English, Guzman seemed so untouchable that rumors began spreading the Mexican government had made a deal with him to keep the peace. That talk has now faded, and Attorney General Marisela Morales said in October Guzman would be captured “very soon.” North of the border, things have also turned sour for the fugitive trafficker, who made headlines as the world’s most wanted man after the death of Osama bin Laden

In last few weeks, U.S. authorities in Arizona announced details of raids in which they arrested over 200 people linked to the Sinaloa cartel, named for the northwestern Pacific state where Guzman was born, probably in 1957.

DRUG LORD PROTECTOR

Surveys show the public backs the crackdown on the cartels. But it also believes Calderon is losing the drug war. Alberto Vera, director of research at pollster Parametria, said only something of the magnitude of Guzman’s capture would persuade voters Calderon was winning.

That could boost support for his party by two or three points if it happened not long before the election, he added. “Catching him would do Calderon credit,” said Luis Pavan, 40, a Mexico City insurance agent. “Fighting the gangs is one of the few good things the government has done.” Weakened by the mounting death toll, Calderon’s PAN lags the opposition PRI by about 20 points, recent polls show.

Capturing Guzman could also benefit U.S. President Barack Obama, who faces a tough re-election battle against Republicans that accuse him of being weak on border security.

Arturo R. Garino, mayor of Nogales – an Arizona border city lying right on Guzman’s main smuggling routes – said the kingpin’s arrest would be a boost to both governments. “Cutting the head off the snake would help our economy too,” he said. Intelligence officials declined to say if efforts to catch Guzman had increased, but his biographer Malcolm Beith said there was little doubt they had, as recent operations on El Chapo’s turf were being conducted by crack military units. “It’s been special forces and marines to the best of my knowledge.

These guys are called in for special raids because they’re less likely to have been infiltrated,” he said. Officials who have tracked Guzman say it is one thing to locate him and quite another to capture him. Like late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Guzman has a reputation as a protector of his heartland in Sinaloa, a rugged region that the state still struggles to penetrate, where news of approaching of strangers quickly reaches him and his followers. “Chapo has allegedly paid for schools, hospitals, and other public projects,” said Beith. “Second, he’s just about the only source of employment in parts of Sinaloa. And he has provided security of a sort. He’s been known to apprehend small-time crooks or thugs when they got out of hand. Lastly, the name Chapo pretty much puts the fear of God into people.” With locals watching his back, Guzman has always had just enough warning to get away at the last minute.

The exception was when soldiers captured him in Guatemala in June 1993.

New surveillance technology has raised the stakes though. 

Mexico has admitted allowing U.S. spy planes to track the cartels, reviving memories of the chase for Escobar, who was gunned down on a Medellin rooftop in December 1993. The U.S. Army’s spy unit Centra Spike played a crucial part in that takedown – using planes to triangulate Escobar’s phone calls – and U.S. surveillance drones stationed just across the Arizona border are likely being used to help catch Guzman. Adding to his problems are attacks from the rival Zetas gang, which has engaged in a spate of tit-for-tat killings with the Sinaloa cartel that have spread onto his territory. 

If Guzman is caught, it could unleash a bloody scramble for power before the election, said Jose Luis Pineyro, a security expert at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University.

“He is said to have influence in five continents,” he said. “It would have repercussions outside Mexico and America.”

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Posted by on 01/06/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Colombia’s top drug trafficker arrested; Extradition to USA + 5M$ reward?

 

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Venezuela has captured one of Colombia‘s top drug traffickers, just as President Juan Manuel Santos visited his Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas, an arrest that may have profound implications for the Colombian underworld.

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias ‘Valenciano,’ was one of Colombia’s most powerful and prolific drug traffickers, running a criminal empire in the city of Medellin and along the Caribbean Coast. He headed a series of criminal organizations, including factions of the ‘Oficina de Envigado’ in Medellin and the ‘Paisas’ along the coast, from their operating base in the city of Barranquilla.

It was not a coincidence that he was arrested on the eve of the meeting in Venezuela between Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Hugo Chavez. An intelligence source said that the Colombian police intelligence, DIPOL, had been following members of Bonilla’s family for two years, and had pin pointed his movements, feeding the information to the Venezuelan authorities to secure the arrest on Sunday night to highlight the increasing cooperation between the two nations. Despite having a security detail of 15 triggermen, all with Venezuelan IDs like himself, Bonilla came without a fight in the Venezuelan city of Maracay in Aragua state on the Caribbean Coast.

The Venezuelan Interior Minister, Tarek El Aissami, said that Bonilla, aged 39, would be sent to the U.S., where there is a five-million dollar reward for him, as well as an extradition warrant on drug trafficking charges.

“This is one of the most important captures we have made in recent years in Venezuela,” stated El Aissami.

Bonilla had tried to change his appearance from the heavyset, clean shaven look on his wanted poster, to a mustached, bespectacled and slighter version, thanks to a gastric bypass. He has also been constantly on the move, not just in Venezuela and Colombia, but passing through Panama and perhaps other Central American nations.

Bonilla’s criminal career began in Medellin, and it is here that his arrest is likely to have the greatest effect. Underworld legend has it that Bonilla’s father was killed when he was 13 years old and he was ‘adopted’ by Diego Murillo, alias ‘Don Berna,’ the successor of Pablo Escobar in Medellin. Bonilla became a favorite of Murillo’s and one of his most trusted assassins, consummating his first kill when he was just 15 and by 16 was running his own group of hit men.

When Murillo was extradited to the U.S. in 2008, and his successor, Carlos Mario Aguilar, alias ‘Rogelio,’ did a deal with U.S. authorities, a war broke out for supremacy in Medellin, principally between Bonilla and his arch rival Erick Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian.’ While Bonilla was the most powerful of the two, in terms of resources, Vargas is believed to be in and around Medellin, leading his faction personally. Bonilla commanded the loyalty of around 1200 gang members in Medellin and has another 600 men along the Caribbean Coast. However with the arrest of Bonilla, the victory of Vargas in Medellin is still not assured, as another player has entered the city over the last two years: Led in Medellin by Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias ‘Mi Sangre,’ the Urabeños were born from the illegal right wing paramilitary army of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and have many ex guerrilla and military fighters, able to carry out sophisticated operations with heavy firepower.

While the conflict in Medellin is certain to be affected by the capture of Bonilla, there may be a short-term consequence in Mexico, especially for his partners the Zetas. Bonilla is believed to have been one of the principal Colombian suppliers of cocaine to the Zetas as the latter wages its bloody war against the Sinaloa Cartel. An interruption to the supply of drugs may give the rival Sinaloans a temporary advantage they can exploit until the Zetas make up the shortfall. Shipments from Bonilla have been tracked by authorities not only in Mexico, but also Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras.

Within Colombia there have been reports that Bonilla had links to the rebel group of the National Liberation Army (ELN), securing a steady supply of coca base for his cocaine laboratories from the guerrillas, who control much of the coca crops in parts of Antioquia, Arauca, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño.

 
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Posted by on 11/29/2011 in Crime!

 

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Mexico has a problem, it is insecurity! and not Drugs or organized crime?

Mexican cartels

Mexican cartels

From 2007 to 2010, Mexico has quintupled the possibility of being killed and tripled the risk of being kidnapped, according to the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO).

“Mexico has a problem. A serious problem is not drug trafficking or organized crime, and institutional weakness. It is the incontrovertible fact that more and more people are growing increasingly insecure areas of the country,” said.

These findings are in the report, “The endless spiral:” how Mexico became a violent country and how to stop being published in the International Competitiveness Index 2011.

The text noted that there are very few precedents for a country that in the absence of war, has experienced such rapid expansion and various forms of violent crime in so little time.

The IMCO said that by 2010, the trajectory of homicides increased fivefold compared to 2007.

“Increasing the number of homicides between 2007 and 2010 has been greater than that experienced by Colombia in the early years of the war against Pablo Escobar,” explained the school.

The report noted that the Office of the President calls “criminal deaths rivalry” killings linked to organizational crime. where ” a cumulative increase of 440%. This explains 80% of the increase in the number of victims of homicide.”

Now, he said, the phenomenon of violence does not register the same virulence throughout the country, as there is a period of regional concentration.

Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Baja California, Durango and Tamaulipas represent over two thirds of deaths from criminal rivalry.

In addition to 20 municipalities account for almost half of the victims and the municipality of Ciudad Juarez alone has seen nearly a fifth of all such killings, said the IMCO.

The report prepared by Alexander Hope, director of the joint Less crime, less punishment of IMCO and Mexico Evaluates, said the number of reported kidnappings increased from 438 in 2007 to 262 thousand in 2010, up 188%.

He added that the allegations of extortion have increased and auto theft increased 40% in the period, where a large part has resulted from armed robbery.

The report noted that five measures in the government of President Felipe Calderon could raise the levels of violence in the country, including the massive deployment of federal forces and the “decapitation” of criminal organizations.

Just as the increase in the number of agencies involved in combating drug trafficking, maritime and air interdiction and stronger increase in the number of extraditions to the United States.

The government’s more aggressive prosecution of cartels may have been the catalyst for an extraordinary increase in the number of homicides in the second quarter of 2008. From that point, it is likely that the violence has fed itself” he said.

Recommendations

In the report a number of recommendations are made, to enhance crime prevention measures, such as:

To reduce the number of homicides, especially multiple night could close some streets to vehicular traffic in areas that concentrate potential targets (bars or nightclubs).

To reduce theft of vehicles, the government could cover a subset of vehicles (the five most stolen models, for example) with a certain “bumper to bumper” that would allow an agency owners get a stolen piece. This would decrease the demand for illegal parts and, therefore, theft of vehicles for purposes of burglary.

 
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Posted by on 11/01/2011 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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The Drug cartels have made Mexico into the kidnapping capital of the world!

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Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the rest have inflicted a depressing array of indignities on their victims. They have turned Mexico into the kidnapping capital of the world. If young people dare to use social media to speak out against them, the drug gangs will come for them, disembowel them, and hang their remains from a bridge.

Most of their crimes, however, happen south of the Mexican border—and that is the prudent part of their murderous reign. When moving cocaine, heroin, and other drugs inside the United States, they hire American street gangs “precisely because they respect the FBI and the U.S. justice system,” drug-trade expert Samuel Logan told InsightCrime, a site that reports on Latin America. “If it’s true that Los Zetas agreed to target a foreign national on U.S. soil, with a bomb no less, this group is either more stupid or more desperate than we thought.”

Unfortunately, these groups are not stupid or desperate. Mexican President Felipe Calderón has sent Mexico’s army against the drug cartels, supplied with Blackhawk helicopters and other advanced American aircraft (in a program known as the Merida Initiative, begun under President Bush and continued under President Obama). While Calderón himself is not popular, his use of the army against the narcos polls well among Mexicans, with a plurality recently agreeing that the campaign is making headway.

It is not clear, however, that the campaign actually is doing enough good to force the cartels to make mistakes. There are no Latin Americans more haughty or thin-skinned than Mexican elites, and their strange combination of pride and defensiveness has led U.S. officials to confine themselves to security-assistance measures such as loaning aircraft. In particular, what seems off the table—the unmentioned and unused tool in these Latin American struggles—is the threat of extradition to the United States.

In previous decades, such figures as Panama’s head of state Manuel Noriega and Colombia’s cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar were indicted in U.S. courts. The leverage that the Colombian government had, however—the threat of sending “the Extraditables” to the United States for prosecution—the Mexican government consistently refuses to use.

Colombia possessed a bargaining chip with Pablo Escobar and employed it, dropping extradition efforts in exchange for an end to his bombings, abductions, and assassinations of Colombian presidential candidates. (To be sure, it was a fragile truce: After Escobar surrendered, he escaped from his not-very-secure Medellín jail to kill still more people before being shot to death in a police ambush in 1993. Nonetheless, his surrender marked a milestone on the road to ending the narcos’ sway in that country.)

Another thing Mexicans have never had is an intellectual class able to set aside left-wing sympathy for outlaws, even outlaws as savage as the narcos. A public-relations campaign that began earlier this year, No Más Sangre (“No More Blood”), seemed humanitarian and commonsensical at first. Its creator was an editorial cartoonist known as Rius, one of the most respected journalists in the country.

But it turned out that he and others were interested only in generating cartoons and posters depicting undue force by federal authorities—leaving out those who caused the war. As the campaign’s spokesmen, cartoonist Antonio Helguera, put it: “We never direct our criticisms against [the victims]—not even in the cases in which the victims were probably criminals—because, in the end, they’re dead. It’s just something you don’t do.”

One Mexican writer, Javier Sicilia, joined the No Más Sangre campaign for the saddest of reasons: His son had been murdered, along with six of his friends, and suspects in the killings include the Gulf Cartel and a rival drug gang, the Beltran Leyvas. Nonetheless, Sicilia has lobbied President Calderón to pull back the army, arguing that its aggressive tactics are doing more harm than good.

And the response from the drug cartels? The drug traffickers routinely issue proclamations on public banners called narcomantas, and a banner about No Más Sangre was displayed in the city of Cuernavaca this May. Posted by the Beltran Leyva organization, it read, “Javier Sicilia can count on our support.”

The support, in other words, of those who probably murdered his son. It is their brazen boast, in their prudent and accurate judgment of where they stand and what they can get away with. Since the Sinaloa Cartel began its invasion of Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua in 2008, the city has suffered 7,000 dead, 250,000 displaced, 25,000 homes vacated, perhaps 10,000 businesses closed, and 130,000 jobs lost. And that is all in a single city.

Until the United States understands that Mexico is not capable of solving the drug problem—and until the Mexicans understand they need such American help as strong extradition—the drug war will go on, and Mexico will continue on its way toward civil collapse.

 
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Posted by on 10/21/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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