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In search for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

MEXICO CITY –

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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seven people dead after a gunman opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico

640x480_347517At least seven people have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico, which has seen a resurgence in drug-related violence in recent weeks.
The man, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, killed four men on Friday night who were customers in the bar in Chihuahua state as well as three women who worked there, said a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.

“It has not been determined whether the attack is connected to drug trafficking, but by the type of weapon involved, it is to be assumed,” said the spokesman, Carlos Gonzalez.

The attack occurred in the city of Chihuahua, the capital of the state that is also home to Ciudad Juarez, considered one of the most violent cities in the world until recently.

The attacker entered the bar with his face covered by a bandana, said the spokesman.

Chihuahua has seen heavy fighting between the local Juarez cartel and the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, who is seeking to control the city that is one of the main routes for trafficking drugs into the United States.
In spite of a change of government in December and a new strategy that avoids direct confrontation with the powerful cartels, violence in Mexico has picked up in recent weeks with fighting along the border, in the western state of Michoacan and the tourist destination of Cancun.

Nearly 3,200 people have been killed in drug-related violence during the first three months of President Enrique Pena Nieto‘s government, according to Mexican government data.

During the government of his predecessor Felipe Calderon, almost 70,000 people died as a result of the drug trade and 27,000 disappeared in one of the most violent periods in Mexico’s history.

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2013 in Border, Crime!

 

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67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua,

Cops uncover psychopaths and Narcos in Chihuahua

The 67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by organized crime, mainly drug cartels

67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by Drug Cartels
67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by Drug Cartels

CHIHUAHUA, – and in some cases psychopaths have been un-covered, as police in Ciudad Juarez, accuse the State Commission of Human Rights (ECHRCH).

In most cases, the main problem is corruption, because it believes that it has been infiltrated by the cartels and, and in some cases, criminal gangs are naming the director of the police and preventive agents.

In other cases, such as Juarez and the state capital, they have created groups that dominate domestic corporations, where they work real psychopaths, who have come to torture and even kill innocent people to death, accused of being hit men.

They call themselves fraternities and meet weekly to share the profits illegally obtained by extortion, bribes, robberies and kidnappings, where leverage to organize and plan criminal acts to be perpetrated in his spare time.

For the ECHR, the case is very serious and critical, because in all municipal companies/corporations are vices that must be addressed immediately.

José Luis Armendáriz González, President of the Commission, explains what, from their point of view, is the root of the problem.

“Why not set-up legislation on electoral matters and eliminate individual contributions to campaigns, especially in small municipalities, where the situation will not change.”

The figures speak for themselves. From the first of January to November 28, 2012 came to this Commission thousand 233 complaints against 67 corporations equal number of municipalities.

The one with the most complaints and the most serious cases of police officers, who have killed innocent citizens to death, is Ciudad Juarez, with 262 cases.

We follow the state capital, with 87 complaints; Cuauhtémoc, with nine; Delicias, with six and striking Parral, much smaller population, but with ten complaints in total.

So, this year in the capital stopped two officers recently graduated from the academy, which settled fake checkpoints and assaulted citizens.

Of the 87 complaints to the ECHR, mostly are for abuse of office, theft, threats, torture and injuries.

Jose Luis Armendariz, ombudsman state, recalls a fact that he lived: in 2007, entering as Mayor Carlos Borruel, during the first month of his tenure there was not a complaint of police abuse, but then returned to normal. “What happened?, Is that the cops were measuring whether there would be a radical change in the new administration, but when he did not change anything, the officers continued with their illegal activities.

A hero murdered

A case in point, although not the only one, is given in Ciudad Juarez, when a man, Ismael Chavira Fierro, 26, saved a woman and her son in a shooting in the downtown area.

It was detailed in the record that Ishmael GR-132/2011 washing a car in the street when there was a chase and shootout between two gangs, a collision, a death and the gunmen fled on foot.

Ismael runs to safety, but he meets a woman and a child he tells the woman to run for help with the child in her arms to get them to safety in a neighbor’s house.

However, local police, thinking it was one of the gunmen, blows him out of the house until he was unconscious, and put him in the patrol.

The Human Rights complaint was laid by the mother of Ishmael, who learned because “I realized through local news that my son was presented to the prosecution and alleged hit man, which flatly refuse, because my son is oblivious to these facts and make it look like it belongs to the group of three gunmen also arrested.

“I could see that he was extremely beaten on his face and body, because he could not stand up,” he said in the document that gave rise to recommendation 11/22 of the 262 there against police municipal city.

Ismael’s story climaxed when submitted by the municipal police, displayed as a hit man and savagely beaten.

A few days later he was released for lack of evidence, but a month later he died from the savage beating.

In documents of the ECHR, with pages 202-252, 2012, can be read complaints against municipal police injury, illegal detention, torture, threats, sexual harassment, forced disappearance, murder, burglary, theft and so on.

The Commission found that, in the case of Ciudad Juarez, the facts are systematic and outlines cases of psychopaths in Preventive Corporation.

“Chiefs impose controls”

In the 21 municipalities of the Sierra Tarahumara and other rural area, corporations are also controlled by drug cartels, state Human Rights reported.

For the Ombudsman, José Luis Armendariz, accuses it is very common that local warlords and drug traffickers to finance the campaigns of candidates for mayor, because in the end they ask in return that the police chief is appointed by them.

In refusing the mayor, criminals kill the first commander appointed without his consent, until such time as his.

Guachochi recently, considered the capital of the Tarahumara, revealed a video where police fired on a civilian city and, in droves, beat him.

Among the agents are civilians armed with AK-47.

For people in the rural and mountainous area, this is a common thing, because “the police can do what they please,” as comments posted to this video posted online.

What certification?

The National System of Public Security revealed that Chihuahua is one of the most backward states in the certification of the police forces.

For the president of the Human Rights Commission is urgent that the government of César Duarte work urgently the situation, it is critical, in Ciudad Juarez, for example, the ECHR receives almost daily complaint against the municipal police. Throughout the added entity thousand 233 complaints against officers.

 
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Posted by on 12/17/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Armed Commandos terrorize town killing 11 people

Homicides be related to the struggle for territory facing Juarez and Sinaloa cartels in Chihuahua

Eleven people killed by armed commandos in struggle for drug turf

Eleven people killed by armed commandos in struggle for drug turf

Chihuahua, Chih. A heavily armed commando band riding aboard several trucks, took the town of Guadalupe Calvo, in the Sierra Tarahumara, and terrorized the town shooting to death 11 men of the community.

The homicides are related to the struggle for territory facing Juarez and Sinaloa cartels in this mountainous area conducive for growing marijuana, opium and synthetic drugs in clandestine laboratories.

Testimonials inhabitants of this town, located eight hours south of the state capital of Chihuahua, communicated via telephone and internet to report the facts, since by its remoteness is impossible to do otherwise promptly.

One of them, a resident of Parral and owner of a medium of electronic information, revealed that “eight people were found dead in Guadalupe y Calvo after an armed population will enter and victimara”.

He added that until Friday night, the balance was six people dead, “however, this Saturday morning, two people were executed” by the same armed group.

He said the incident was reported to the communication system of the South Area Office about 20:00 pm on Friday.

“There it was stated that a group of heavily armed men arrived in private vans Guadalupe y Calvo, streets closed to traffic and executed several people. At the edge of the night it was determined that the six were victimized. “

He added that, “in Guadalupe y Calvo climate of insecurity manifests with intensity.”

The State Attorney’s Office issued an informative part which states that the number of men executed amounted to 11. The last five were executed in the early hours of Saturday and six on Friday.

First two bodies were reported dead male on the main road of the town of Santa Rosalia, identified as the brothers Samuel and Arnoldo Flores Esparza, 30 and 26 years old.

The report said three other men, Lazaro Mata Pereda, Montañez Estanislao Ramos and Rolando Ramos Silva, were shot on board a van.

Friday saw the first settling of scores that began with a triple execution. In the neighborhood of the Minita were found the bodies of Esteban Mireles, 39 and Ezekiel Bautista, 22, along with another unidentified man, approximately 17 years old.

In the neighborhood of Santo Niño, bodies were located Nery Felipe Molina, 35, and Arturo Molina 40. In the neighborhood of Coronado is located the body of Alejandro Santos Robledo, 20 years old, which he burned the house, which his family managed to escape after the command spared them.

 
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Posted by on 12/09/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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El Chapo Guzman’s Lieutenant arrested in Chihuahua

The Ministry of National Defense and the Attorney General’s Office reported that on October 29, in an operation “Che” was arrested

José Salgueiro Nevarez, alias Che,

The National Defense Secretariat reported the arrest in the city of Parral, Chihuahua, José Salgueiro Nevarez, alias Che, who appears as a lieutenant of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

Along with Salgueiro Nevarez was arrested five others in a Army exclusive action developed in the city of Parral, on the 29th of this month, but it was not until today that the detainee was presented to the media Information.

Military personnel from the Military Zone 42 performed an operation which also apprehended Victor Javier Hernandez Marquez, David Ruiz Rubio, Salgueiro Efren Gonzalez, Brian and Erick Salgueiro Salgueiro Zepeda Peña.

The arrest came after a chase between the army and criminals who took refuge in an auto shop, which used as a showcase to hide their illegal activities, and where are located six rifles, three handguns, 13 magazines for different guns, 414 cartridges of various calibers, seven vehicles (one armored) and various media.

 
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Posted by on 11/01/2012 in Border, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Los Zetas, behind the death of Marisela Escobedo Social Activist

According to statements presented by evidence material, the murder was because his social activism was followed by the media

Coria Carlos Rivas / correspondent

Los Zetas, behind the death of Marisela Escobedo

CHIHUAHUA, The murder of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz Chihuahua, was ordered by criminal groups from Los Zetas and La line , armed organizations of two powerful drug cartels in Mexico, who wanted to silence their protests echoing in the media.

According to statements by murder material, the murder of Marisela Escobedo was because his social activism was followed very strongly by the media, to whom he revealed that the murderer of his daughter, Sergio Barraza, working for Los Zetas , which bothered this criminal group.

Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte, released a day before the arrest of Jose Enrique Jimenez Zavala, aka The Wicked, who in 2010 had killed the social activist Marisela Escobedo Ortiz.

According to the DPP, the detainee confessed that among the multiple murders he committed in Chihuahua, is that of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, “which was perpetrated in commitment of an agreement between the criminal organization of The Line with the Zetas “.

The same activist Escobedo Ortiz made police investigations, and had heard that the murderer of his daughter was in the state of Zacatecas, therefore requested to state support of state police, which led to the hiding place Barraza but were repelled by gunfire and fled, to Chihuahua.

Human rights groups doubt the arrest

The Center for women’s human rights, questioned the guilt of the alleged perpetrator of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, since the same Chihuahua State Prosecutor filed last year another alleged perpetrator of the same murder.

In a press release stated that “the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of the murder of human rights defender Marisela Escobedo is two perpetrators belonging to two different criminal organizations.”

The December 15, 2011 just three days before the first anniversary of the activist femnicidio, the Chihuahua State Attorney reported that Hector Miguel Flores Moran, aka Clown , belonging to the criminal organization known as the wrist band, was the perpetrator of the assassination of Marisela, according to “scientific evidence obtained as to point the prosecution alleged murderer was the sketch that drew family and found the murder weapon.”

The defense attorney for the rights of women, Luz Estela Castro, said “it is important to clarify how the prosecution has presented two alleged perpetrators on the same facts, as this creates confusion.”

He added that it is the responsibility of the Attorney transparent processes that allowed scientists to arrive at these conclusions, whether spontaneous statements of offenders.

“It is striking, the language used by the detainee and that is not for the common lexicon, because the expressions suggest induction or briefing in statements such as: deprive of life, did escape, take responsibility for my own actions , repentance for damages to third parties, terminology used in legal parlance “he added.

In response, it was requested for “total transparency in the investigation of the case and the answer to the questions of citizenship, why there are two different perpetrators of criminal gangs?

 Why were two murder weapons used? And who is the new suspect? “.

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Crime!

 

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Violence explodes in Chihuahua, seven dead and counting

The bodies of three men and a woman shot and executed, were found in the cargo bed of a trailer

Carlos Coria

Violence explodes in Chihuahua, seven dead

The bodies of three men and a woman shot and executed, were found in the cargo bed of a trailer, which was abandoned at the side of the road leading from Ciudad Juarez to Namiquipa.

The preliminary report of the facts indicates that the cargo vehicle was stolen by gunmen on Tuesday night, at the exit of Ciudad Juarez.

Around noon on Wednesday, the unit was located abandoned at kilometer 60 of the highway from Ciudad Juarez to Namiquipa.

Arriving ministerial officials reported that the body of a man was lying under the trailer of a Freightliner brand of a local transport company based in Ciudad Juarez, and inside the trailer were the bodies of two men and the a woman.

None of the bodies have been identified.

In other developments, a man was killed in Ciudad Juarez, which was pursued by two vehicles, from where he was shot several times.

The man was killed aboard a van on the streets of Tamaulipas and Yucatan Airport Expansion colony.

Before, first thing, a woman was shot dead and his body found inside his vehicle at the intersection of the Milky Way and Nozzle street in Granada fractionation.

Finally, the DPP informed of the location of the body of a man shot to death, which was wrapped in a blanket in the dirt gap peripheral that connects the North with the area known as “The preson” Heroes of the colony of the Revolution, in the city of Parral.

 
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Posted by on 09/06/2012 in Crime!

 

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