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El Chapo Guzman’s prison escape update

A manhunt began immediately late Saturday for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, which has an international reach and is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Associated Press journalists near the Altiplano said the roads were being heavily patrolled by Federal Police with numerous checkpoints and a Blackhawk helicopter flying overhead. Flights were also suspended at Toluca airport near the penitentiary in the state of Mexico, and civil aviation hangars were being searched.

Guzman was last seen about 9 p.m. Saturday in the shower area of his cell, according to a statement from the National Security Commission issued early Sunday. After a time, he was lost by the prison’s security camera surveillance network. Upon checking his cell, authorities found it empty and a 20-by-20-inch (50-by-50 centimeter) hole near the shower.

Guzman’s escape is a major embarrassment to the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which had received plaudits for its aggressive approach to top drug lords. Since the government took office in late 2012, Mexican authorities have nabbed or killed six of them, including Guzman.

Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. as well as Mexico, and was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.

After Guzman was arrested on Feb. 22, 2014, the U.S. had said it would file an extradition request, though it’s not clear if that happened.

The Mexican government at the time vehemently denied the need to extradite Guzman, even as many expressed fears he would escape as he did in 2001 while serving a 20-year sentence in another maximum-security prison, Puente Grande, in the western state of Jalisco.

Former Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told The AP earlier this year that the U.S. would get Guzman in “about 300 or 400 years” after he served time for all his crimes in Mexico. Murillo Karam said sending Guzman to the United States would save Mexico a lot of money, but keeping him was a question of national sovereignty.

He dismissed concerns that Guzman could escape a second time. That risk “does not exist,” Murillo Karam said.

It Trafficking drugs mapwas difficult to believe that such an elaborate structure could have been built without the detection of authorities. According to Rubido, the tunnel terminated in a house under construction in a neighborhood near the prison. Guzman dropped by ladder into a hole 10 meters (yards) deep that connected with a tunnel about 1.7 meters (yards) high that was fully ventilated.

Guzman is known for the elaborate tunnels his cartel has built underneath the Mexico-U.S. border to transport cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana, with ventilation, lighting and even railcars to easily move products.

He was first caught by authorities in Guatemala in 1993, extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug-trafficking related charges. The lore says he escaped in a laundry cart, although there have been several versions of how he got away. What is clear is that he had help from prison guards, who were prosecuted and convicted.

Guzman was finally re-captured in February 2014 after eluding authorities for days across his home state of Sinaloa, for which the cartel is named. He was listed as 56 years old last year, though there are discrepancies in his birth date.

During his first stint as a fugitive, Guzman transformed himself from a middling Mexican capo into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His fortune grew to be estimated at more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the “World’s Most Powerful People” and ranked him above the presidents of France and Venezuela.

Guzman has long been known for his ability to pay off local residents and even authorities, who would tip him off to security operations launched for his capture. He finally was tracked down to a modest beachside high-rise in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlan on Feb. 22, 2014, where he had been hiding with his wife and twin daughters. He was taken in the early morning without a shot fired.

But before they reached him, security forces went on a several-day chase through Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state. They found houses where Guzman supposedly had been staying with steel-enforced doors and the same kind of lighted, ventilated tunnels that allowed him to escape from a bathroom to an outside drainage ditch.

Even with his 2014 capture, Guzman’s continues to stretch throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe and Australia. The cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last decade, taking at least an estimated 100,000 lives.

Altiplano, which is considered the main and most secure of Mexico’s federal prisons, also houses Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino, and Edgar Valdes Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

 
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Posted by on 07/12/2015 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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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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