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Low profile leader of Gulf Cartel arrested

Mario Cardenas Guillen was not among the most sought. REUTERS

The Navy arrested Mario Cardenas Guillen in an intelligence operation without violence

 

Mario Cardenas low profile Gulf Cartel Leader arrested

MEXICO CITY Another member of the Gulf Cartel clan arrested; Cardenas Guillen. Elements of the Navy arrested him at Altamira, Mario’s brother Osiel and leader of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros.

Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Navy (Semar) reported that at the time of his arrest, “El Gordo” or “M-1″, as he is known, was seized with three chargers loaded and two fragmentation grenades, carrying more than nine thousand U.S. dollars $ 800, four doses of cocaine, bank cards and different identifications.

Mario took command of one of the two branches Gulf cartel after his brother was killed by marine Ezekiel, the November 5, 2010.

But he has always been able to manage a low profile, so much so that he was not one of the most wanted drug lords of the Attorney General’s Office.

He was imprisoned between 1995 and 2007 on charges of drug trafficking and organized crime in 2003 was transferred Puente Grande, Jalisco, because in the Matamoros prison still operating.

The other branch of the organization is led by Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss”, was a capo Osiel Cardenas right hand, and that has a reputation of being a traitor. Osiel was captured in 2003 and extradited to the United States in 2007, where he is serving a sentence of 25 years. Mario has another brother named Homer, “pestle”, who according to the magazine Contralínea, moved cocaine to Houston land, Borwnsville, Texas, and Atlanta Georgia.

Another blow to the organization after the arrest of “El Gordo”, Eduardo Costilla “El Coss”, remains as the only visible leader of the Gulf cartel, which was separated from its armed wing, “Los Zetas“, with those now waging a bloody battle for control of Tamaulipas.

“El Coss” the right hand was Osiel Cardenas Guillen and after his brother Ezekiel, alias “Tony Tormenta,” who was killed by marine on November 5, 2010.

 
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Posted by on 09/06/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Mexican Convicted tried to buy weapons for the Sinaloa cartel

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David Diaz Sosa, 27, a native of Sinaloa, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Tucson, Arizona

A Mexican man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for trying to buy weapons of high caliber military type were destined for the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, federal prosecutors said today.

David Diaz Sosa, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg yesterday after pleading guilty in April 2011 on four counts of conspiracy to buy and export high-caliber weapons, including portable anti-aircraft missile, which would be used by organized crime.

The Mexican citizen was sentenced to five years-probation, after pleading guilty to possession and attempted sale of amphetamines.

In its ruling, the judge said that if this “diabolical operation” had been performed successfully had put extremely dangerous weapons in the hands of “ruthless, bloody and savage gang”.

“With the confiscation of significant amounts of amphetamines, this operation is not only meant a financial loss for the Mexican cartel, but also prevented more violence to keep these weapons out of the reach of the cartels,” said John S. Leonardo, attorney general of the United States in Arizona, in a press release.

According to court documents filed in late 2009, Diaz Sosa, a buyer of arms and narcotics originating in Sinaloa, began negotiating the purchase of high-powered weapons for the Sinaloa cartel with undercover federal agents.

A shipment of 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine would serve as a deposit payment for the purchase of arms.

Among the list of weapons included three boxes of hand grenades, two anti-tank weapons, two weapons AT-4s, portable anti-aircraft missile known in English as “Stinger”, a machine gun M-60 and a .30 caliber.

In February 2010, Diaz Sosa and his accomplice identified as Emilia Palomino-Robles were arrested.

Last March, Palomino Robles was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2012 in Crime!, Smuggling

 

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U.S. fronted companies used for money laundering aka El Chapo

English: Joaquín Guzmán Loera drug lord and li...

English: Joaquín Guzmán Loera drug lord and lider of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.

Announced that Jennifer Shasky Calvery the new director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in United States

WASHINGTON; The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that Jennifer Shasky Calvery, experienced in fighting Mexican drug cartels, as the new director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

During a recent congressional hearing, the official said the Sinaloa Cartel of Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, uses U.S. front companies to launder their illegal profits.

Shasky Calvery said that this is one of the methods used by transnational criminal organizations to penetrate the U.S. financial system.

“U.S. law enforcement agencies believe that the Sinaloa cartel, one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, and the USA use U.S. front companies to launder drug proceeds,” he said to the Judicial Committee of the House.

The charges of the new director of FinCEN, who takes office next month, appears to have served as a prosecutor for the Organized Crime Section of the Justice Department’s gang.

“His record of leadership and strong relationships with the Treasury, regulatory and law enforcement agencies will be a strong asset,” said Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen.

Shasky Calvery served as head of the Asset Forfeiture Section and Money Laundering (AFMLS), Department of Justice, where she led efforts against international organized crime, including the Mexican cartels, among others.

 
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Posted by on 08/21/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Sedena stops “El Pato”, an alleged operator of Chapo Guzman

Vera Martinez Hermilo function was co-optation of authorities to obtain information from police and military operations

Sedena stops Duck, an alleged operator of Chapo Guzman

The National Defense Secretariat reported the arrest of Hermilo Vera Martinez, alias “El Pato”, a suspected Pacific cartel operator that provided information on activities of police authorities/ operations and military info.

Reliance said in a statement that the arrest was last August 11 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, and was the result of investigations conducted after the capture of Sergio Armando Barrera, aka “The Bohemian”, allegedly responsible for arranging and obtaining Central and South American drug cartel for the Pacific.

“With these actions, it affects the structure and coordinating logistics for the shipment of drugs and obtaining inside information, thereby reducing the operational capability of the Pacific cartel headed by Joaquin” El Chapo “Guzman,” says the statement.

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Guatemala the new producer for El Chapo Guzmans drug business

Authorities seized 17.6 tons that country of cocaine paste, is no longer a nation of transfer and has become a producer

 

Guatemala new country for drug production for El Chaapo

This Central American country is no longer a nation of transfer but has become a drug producer, said the Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez in remarks published yesterday following the seizure in a Pacific port a shipment of 17.6 tons of pasta to make cocaine.

The Guatemalan authorities are on alert due to the seizure earlier this week of cocaine paste in Puerto Quetzal, about 105 kilometers south of the capital, Lopez told local newspaper Prensa Libre and Twenty-First Century .

The 17.6 tons of cocaine base were found in 80 barrels in a container that arrived last July 16 from Taiwan, after making a stop in Panama, according to preliminary research.

Lopez said that after the seizure, the first of cocaine paste in the country, “changes the idea they had that Guatemala was only used for the transfer.”

“We now know that there is a plan B, which is to produce cocaine in the last phase in the nearby market,” he said.

According to the minister, “Guatemala is no longer a place of transfer of drugs and has now become a producer of drugs, and the proof were the clandestine laboratories were discovered and destroyed in the country.”

The official said the Sinaloa cartel and the Sinaloa, led by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman may be the dominating drug trafficking in Puerto Quetzal, where before the cache of cocaine base seized tons of precursor chemicals this year.

In contrast, the Guatemalan political analyst Miguel Angel Sandoval said yesterday that it believes that Guatemala has become a time to another of a drug transit country to the producer, because there have been no major laboratories.

In his opinion, to say that Guatemala is a drug producing country have to do research and give evidence.

Considers that the increased drug trafficking in the country may be due to combat drug trafficking by Mexico, but said that there is indeed “a global network of drug trafficking.”

The shipment of cocaine paste seized by the authorities came disguised as varnish destined for an importer identified as Rading Adler, who works in the south of Guatemala City.

According to Lopez, has not been able to estimate the value of the seized and described as “a blow” to the drug seizure in Puerto Quetzal, though no arrests.

The minister did not rule out that drug trafficking has “bought wills of various officials and employees of the port.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of U.S. Treasury announced the appointment of two individuals and 24 companies with ties to the Guatemalan drug trafficker Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell and others previously designated as drug .

The appointment yesterday, under the Act Designation Kingpin (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. citizens make financial or commercial transactions with these companies and individuals, and also freezes assets they may possess within the jurisdiction of the United States .

“The focus on corporate and financial network Marllory Chacon and colleagues is the core of our efforts.”

Arrested for attempting to pass a drug for an international bridge

A person who tried to enter the United States with 8.8 kilos of cocaine, reaching a value of up to $ 650,000, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection.

The spokesman for the American corporation, Eduardo Perez, said the assurance was made in the international crossing between Matamoros and Brownsville, in the neighboring state of Texas, to where he arrived the driver of a pickup truck, model 1999.

After an initial review of immigration documents and the vehicle, the driver was sent to thorough inspection with high-tech equipment and canine units, which warned of the presence of seven packages hidden inside the vehicle.

Drug trafficking in Guatemala

They warn that some Central American countries becoming narco-states.

On August 22, 2010, Institutions diplomatic, economic, military and private U.S. agree that 40 percent of Guatemalan territory already controlled by criminal groups as Los Zetas and the Gulf, so there is a risk that become the first narco-state in the region.

On April 6, 2011, Mario Castañeda, Vice Minister of Security of Guatemala, said the Mexican drug cartels have spread to Central America with his own violent practices generating death for stealing drug loads of other groups and removal of weapons of local institutions. He also reported that Los Zetas are led by The Cachetes and Juan Leon, fully identified, while the contact was Juan Ortiz El Chapo aka Chamala , who will be extradited to the United States.

On May 17, 2011, drug cartel Los Zetas decapitated 27 people on a farm in Peten, Guatemala.

On June 8, 2011 , Alvaro Colom, Guatemala’s former president said it is not the first time the Mexican drug trafficker visit that country and said that was where he was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and turned over to Mexican authorities. “It’s no secret that the cartels are trying to expand its territory. We understand that they move in and out of Guatemala. “

That same day, the Guatemalan Minister of Denfensa, Carlos Menocal, confirmed that El Chapo was seen in Puerto Barrios.

6 tons of marijuana

In Sonora, the PGR destroyed a plantation with at least 4 tons of marijuana.

A grow-with 180 thousand plants of marijuana weighing a total of four tons, located and burned PGR agents 16 kilometers from the town of Cucurpe in the mountains of Sonora.

In a press release, federal prosecutors explained that the plantation was an area of ​​45 thousand square meters.

In Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the Mexican army said little more than two tons of marijuana hidden inside a truck and arrested two people at the checkpoint Reynosa-Monterrey highway.

The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), through the Commander of Military Region IV and the Eighth Military Zone, said the drugs were hidden in 75 sacks.

 
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Posted by on 08/16/2012 in Crime!, Drugs, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Spanish Police aborted attempt of Chapo settling into Europe

Caen in Madrid four members of the Sinaloa cartel, including an alleged cousin who was called “the biggest drug dealer in the world”

 

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Agents of the Spanish National Police in a joint effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) U.S. aborted an attempt of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of settling in Europe, said the body Spanish security.

In a statement, said they were detained in the center of Madrid four members of the Sinaloa cartel, including a cousin of it called “the biggest drug dealer in the world”, who had chosen Spain as a platform to launch their operations in the Old Continent .

He stressed that Spain was to be used as a major gateway for shipments of narcotics.

He said that at the end of July was intercepted at the Port of Algeciras container carrying 373 kilograms of cocaine that the organization was preparing to distribute in different parts of Europe.

After this, Jesus Gutierrez Guzman (cousin of “Shorty”), Rafael Humberto Valenzuela Celaya, Samuel and Jesus Gonzalo Valenzuela Zazueta Palazuelos Soto were arrested near their hotels in the capital.

The operation “Dark Waters” was launched in May 2009 by the FBI office in Boston (Massachusetts) about the illegal activities of the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo” Guzman.

The Sinaloa cartel is considered the largest criminal organization in the world, and generates income millionaires, mainly drug trafficking proceeds.

The statement noted that the success of the operation was made possible by the use by agents of the most modern research techniques, which always have been supervised by judges and prosecutors.

He explained that in October 2010, agents of the FBI and the Organized Crime Squad Central National Police maintained the first operational meetings to be aware that the organization was planning to settle in Spain to expand their criminal activities in Europe.

Then they remembered the strategic operational which was to be based research.

These measures were embodied in a letter rogatory, delivered to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor the Court and submitted to the Central Court of Instruction number five.

He announced that the bulk of the investigations was developed primarily in the United States.

FBI agents learned that the cartel members had planned to go to Spain, a journey made in March 2011 and the Spanish police found them at that time in Madrid and are closely monitored to ensure their full identification.

By exchanging information with the FBI investigation learned that they intended to initiate major cocaine shipments by sea, hidden in cargo containers declared legal.

Large adopted security measures to ensure the success of operations, and sent several containers without any drug.

Finally sent its first cargo on a ship from Brazil. The container, which was intercepted in late July at the Port of Algeciras, 373 kilograms of cocaine concealed.

On the records kept in the rooms where they were staying mobile phones were seized, five thousand 500 dollars, nearly three thousand euros, four thousand Mexican pesos and documentation yet to be explored.

The detainees, aged between 37 and 52 years and Mexican, were wanted by U.S. judicial authorities for drug trafficking and money laundering, among other crimes. The High Court ordered his imprisonment.

 
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Posted by on 08/10/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Drug traffickers and the Nickname Game!

When captured the Wormeater and The Rat, had five grenades and about a million dollars in cash. Garbage grabbed him trying to extort money from bus drivers, police, and The Sow was notorious for the way they killed their enemies. It is said that El Vago “scorched his victims and buried them in unmarked graves.

 

The SOW notorious for scorching his victims and buried them

The SOW notorious for scorching his victims and buried them

As the violence worsens in the war on drugs in Mexico, the nicknames of the mob bosses have become more somber, reflecting their impersonal and almost industrial attitude toward violence.

There are no nicknames like The King (Jesus Zambada Garcia), The Lord of Heaven (Amado Carrillo Fuentes) or The Boss of Bosses (Arturo Beltran Leyva), who are dead or prisoners. The mid-range hoods now have names like The Mataperros. That was the name of Baltazar Saucedo Estrada, the alleged leader of the cartel Los Zetas.

According to experts, the death or capture of drug lords has left lower-level thugs in charge of criminal business, leaning to most of the brutal acts and killings and dismemberments. Rather than killing the enemy for money or territory, many of today’s drug traffickers, especially Los Zetas, think that killing people is part of the company, which is necessary to impose its will on the population.

“What we’re seeing is a different nickname that reflects a different way in which criminals are identified and new forms of violence,” said Martin Barron, an expert in criminology from the National Institute of Penal Sciences of Mexico.

Mexico had already suffered enough of the drug violence from the government’s offensive against organized crime in 2006. The bloodshed has intensified and has become part of everyday life, especially with crimes that emphasize the number of dead. The latest atrocity occurred in May, when 49 bodies were dumped beside a road in northern Mexico without heads, arms and legs.

“We are seeing more and more brutal violence … in which the person is dehumanized,” said Barron. “It does not matter what you do or not do to another person.”

Saucedo Estrada (The Mateperros), allegedly ordered his followers set fire to a casino in Monterrey last year to punish the owners for refusing to pay extortion. 53 people died, and Saucedo Estrada was arrested in January. We do not know why he’s called like this: drug traffickers often branded as “dogs” enemies or police, and said to the young recruits are forced to dismember dogs and then practice it with humans.

Another mid-level boss of the Zetas, William de Jesus Solorzano Torres, aka (The wormeater), was allegedly in charge of the cartel’s finances. His nickname came from extreme training that criminals are subjected to, like the Guatemalan Kaibil commands, where the recruits have to eat insects to survive in the jungle.

The Sow (Manuel Fernandez Valencia) apparently was close to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his nickname is apparently due to the way “pig” that was killing his opponents. It was also known as The Animal.

The new style of nicknames reflects “a certain cynicism, as a joke,” said Pedro de la Cruz, a Professor of safety at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“These nicknames reflect the fact that they are not taken seriously”, as did previous bosses, who were subject to codes of conduct and belonged to mafia type family clans, with rules of complicity and obedience, said Cross.

The more chilling are the nicknames that no one dares to utter or so dangerous they are, said Barron.

Mauricio Guizar, an alleged capo of the Zetas in southern Mexico, who was arrested in July, was the yellow, apparently for his complexion. But the Mexican navy says many are simply called “The Color” because it was forbidden to pronounce his name.

In regions such as Tamaulipas, which borders with the United States, no one even talks about the Zetas. Obliquely referred to the group calling it “The Letter” or “The Last Letter”.

“In some parts of Tamaulipas, if you buy a newspaper that is worth seven dollars and they charge you ten, they say ‘the other three weights are for’ The Company ‘. Not even mention the sign,” said Barron.

Of course, there are some criminals who use nicknames just weird.

In June he was captured in Chihuahua Jose Guadalupe Rivas, the alleged kingpin of the cartel Line, which dominated the cities of Juarez and Chihuahua. Rivas, who allegedly oversaw drug distribution and communications network that band, had the name of Frosted Flakes.

In May in Texas, were arrested several gunmen cartel La Familia, including one who called himself “The Muffler” (Gerardo Fernandez Covarrubias) and one with the nickname of Yogurt .

Juan Abelardo Hernandez, an expert on cultural issues at the Universidad Panamericana, said the character “The Joker” in Batman movies may inspire a new generation of traffickers eager to have an ironic nickname. In fact one of the suspects in the killing of seven people in Morelos in 2011, Cesar Galindo, called himself The Joker.

Hernandez said that today’s thugs, usually young twenties, possibly be using the names they used when they were kids in internet games, instead of something to indicate his rank or his work in the criminal organization.

The idea is not so farfetched, considering that the cartels have proven to be experts in the electronic media, putting videos of their crimes on blogs, social sites and video sites.

“It’s a different generation,” said Hernandez, “one that seeks alternate personalities, network images, characters, or avatars.”

 
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Posted by on 08/10/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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