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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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Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was arrested

Jonathan Salas Aviles was captured Saturday in Sinaloa for a federal forces operating in the receivership of Quilá, Culiacán

Jonathan Salas Aviles was captured Saturday in Sinaloa for a federal forces operating in the receivership of Quilá, Culiacán
Jonathan Salas Aviles was captured Saturday in Sinaloa for a federal forces operating in the receivership of Quilá, Culiacán

Jonhatan Salas Avilés, alleged leader of escorts of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was arrested by a special group of the Mexican army in an operation in the receivership of Quila, in the municipality of Culiacán.

The commander of the Third Military Region, Moises Melo Garcia, confirmed in an interview that the arrest of the suspect occurred early on Saturday February 9.

Revealed that Salas Aviles, who controls a group of suspected members of organized crime and alleged informant called “hawks”, was transferred to Mexico City, where it was available to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

The military chief announced that the coordinated action of the panel, both by land and by air, secured three firearms, a vehicle and a building with drugs.

 
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Posted by on 02/11/2013 in Crime!

 

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Sedena confirms death of M1, lieutenant of El Mayo

José Manuel Torres Felix, alias “The Waved” was killed during a clash in the town of Oso Viejo, receivership of Quilá, municipality Culiacan

 

Sedena confirms death of M1, lieutenant of El Mayo

CULIACAN, The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed the death of José Manuel Torres Felix, nicknamed “Waved” and / or “M-1”, considered one of the main operators in the Pacific Cartel and lieutenant of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

In a statement, the agency reported that military personnel that carried out work to locate this guy was attacked Thursday with firearms in the municipality Cosala, Sinaloa.

According to research, in the operation were captured Francisco Javier Acosta Franco aka “the Picho” Mauricio Mesa and Guadalupe Franco Azueta Angulo, Felix Torres alleged bodyguards.

A day after the search further work in the vicinity of the town of Oso Viejo, receivership of Quilá, municipality Culiacán, died “the Waved” after assaulting military personnel with gun shots, while trying to flee.

This guy was part of the Pacific cartel since 1990 and after the capture of his brother Javier Torres Felix “JT”, in January 2004, “El Mayo” Zambada was appointed his deputy.

The Department of Defense said that it is assumed that from 2008 took an active part in the violent actions that this criminal organization carried out against criminal organizations antagonistic.

“The Waved” with Ovidio Guzman Lopez, son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, allegedly coordinated the receipt and handling of drugs by sea in Chiapas and Oaxaca, from South America.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) offered a reward of three million dollars for information that would lead to the capture of Jose Manuel Torres Felix, since it had an arrest warrant on charges of organized crime and health.

The body of the deceased, the three detainees as well as weapons, drugs, cash and vehicles were secured and they were delivered to the appropriate authorities.

 
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Posted by on 10/14/2012 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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the body of a former judge of Sinaloa found in vacant lot

The Attorney General of the State, the body of Obese Rodriguez was found in a vacant lot, after he was deprived of his liberty, Kidnapped!

the body of former judge of Sinaloa found

the body of former judge of Sinaloa found

CULIACAN, The body of former Supreme Court of Administrative Government of Sinaloa, Mario Sergio Obeso Rodriguez, was found Tuesday morning in Colonia Real de Minas, south of Culiacan.

According to the Attorney General of the State, the body of Obese Rodriguez was found in a vacant lot, a few hours after he was deprived of his freedom (kidnapped) in the Colonia Las Quintas.

The deceased was retired as a judge of the Administrative Court to take charge of the Legal department of the City of Culiacan in 2008-2010 Jesus Vizcarra Calderon Mayor.

In other events, another unidentified body was also found in the vicinity of residential development La Primavera, while in Los Mochis, Ramona Galindo Camacho, 32, was shot dead.

 
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Posted by on 06/27/2012 in Crime!

 

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Narco laboratory found in Culiacan, report one dead

The incident occurred around 14:30 hours in a warehouse located behind a daycare center on Avenida Venustiano Carranza

Narco laboratory found in Culiacan, report one dead

Narco laboratory found in Culiacan, report one dead

CULIACAN, June 8. – An ammonia tank exploded this afternoon in a warehouse where they allegedly were processing synthetic drugs illegally, causing the death of one person and injuring three others, officials of Sinaloa.

The State Directorate for Civil Protection said the incident occurred around 14:30 hours in a warehouse located behind a daycare center on Avenida Venustiano Carranza and Benito Juarez street in this city.

He added that because of the explosion collapsed walls and metal structures of the winery.

He said that upon entering the place the authorities apparently found chemical reactors and implements that are used to make synthetic drugs.

According to the report of items of Civil Protection and Fire departments, the explosion was caused when performing welding and a spark apparently fell into one of the chemical precursors, which caused the outbreak.

It was mentioned that the nursery was evacuated and no child was affected.

The site was cordoned off by soldiers and the Mexican Federal Police

 
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Posted by on 06/09/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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CULIACAN, No truce in Sinaloa after third day of fighting 26 are dead!

Fight for the plaza between the Beltran Leyva group-Zetas against Chapo violence increases in northern Sinaloa, in the Golden Triangle

The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that 26 people dead, including three soldiers, and seven injured is the balance of fighting between the army and drug gangs in Sinaloa, from Saturday until yesterday.

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According to the military authorities, 23 people were killed allegedly belong to the organization of the Beltran Leyva brothers that associated with the group Los Zetas, the square to fight cartel of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

In the more recent, yesterday, a shootout between the army and members of organized crime led to the deaths of ten armed civilians and two soldiers in the town Bamoa station in the town of Guasave.

The Department of Defense said that the violence started last April 28 in the town of Choix, which killed one soldier and four assailants.

On Sunday, in the same town, another confrontation occurred when soldiers were conducting ground and aerial patrols in that fact killed nine armed civilians. Among the weapons confiscated 43 guns and stand more than five thousand cartridges.

The Zetas dispute bastion El Chapo

A total of 26 people dead and seven injured is the balance you have left four clashes between the army and suspected criminals in the state of Sinaloa since last Saturday until yesterday.

Of the 26 deaths officially, there are three elements of the Mexican Army, and 23 are suspected members of criminal organizations of the Beltran Leyva and Los Zetas, who in partnership try to dispute the square to the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo.

In a new act of violence occurred on Wednesday, a clash between members of organized crime and military elements caused the death of 12 people in the village known as Station Bamoa, Guasave, Sinaloa, where an armed group of suspected drug cartel members faced with the military.

According to data from the Ministry of National Defense, a group of alleged criminals clashed with army troops in Guasave, Sinaloa, after the Army to undertake a journey after hearing by an anonymous tip that there were armed persons.

In a recitation of facts, the National Defense Secretariat said that the clashes started last April 28 in the town of Choix, where elements of the Ninth Military Zone, in conducting aerial and ground surveys in the harbor The Tatemas faced a group of alleged criminals died in the first event five people, four suspected hit men and an element of the Army, in addition to two soldiers were injured.

In a second event on April 29, military elements to continue aerial and ground surveys to locate these offenders, upon arrival at Rancho El Carrizo, the same municipality, were attacked again by members of organized crime, died in the place nine aggressors. This made two military elements were injured.

The third event happened yesterday against elements of the Ninth Military Zone, died Bamoa Station, town of Guasave, 10 suspects and two officers, plus three other members of the Mexican army were injured.

The National Defense Secretariat stated that after these clashes has confiscated 31 rifles, 12 handguns, five thousand 291 cartridges, 121 magazines of different calibers, as well as grenades, pineapple type of calls, from handcrafted and Barrett rifles and grenade launchers, among others.

According to officials of the armed forces, violence in Sinaloa began to rebound in late 2010 after the association of the organization of the Beltran Leyva and Los Zetas cartel and three more against Pacific, who runs El Chapo Guzman to dispute control of territory, especially in western and central China.

According to the officials consulted, Sinaloa is a focal point for criminal organizations and emblematic as the bastion of the Pacific cartel or also known as Sinaloa.

The sources said that groups face in the area are The Mazatlecos , Chapos Isidro The North , The Young and the Zetas , led by Fausto Meza Flores Isidro El Chapo , against the group of assassins called Sinaloa cartel New People .

Another group that has been integrated into the Beltran Leyva partnership to combat the Sinaloa cartel is the group associated with the Juarez cartel led by José Luis Ledezma The JL, whom to dispute the territory to fight El Chapo Guzman routes with the criminal gang known as Los Aztecas.

The Mexican army clashes with these criminal groups due to constant crashes commands the fight criminals and land routes Sinaloa.

The armed forces have obtained information about the presence and confrontation of antagonistic groups, so that the military has gone to the shooting locations to carry out the arrest of the gunmen.

The Attorney General’s Office confirmed that 13 policemen were arrested Barmoa Station, Icesave, not to assist the military.

 
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Posted by on 05/04/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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