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Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka El Grande faces drug trafficking charges in U.S.

The Attorney General’s Office said the alleged drug trafficker will be prosecuted for committing conspiracy

Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka El Grande faces drug trafficking charges in U.S.

Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka El Grande faces drug trafficking charges in U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka El Grande, which was charged today in a Texas court after his extradition from Mexico, faces four charges of selling drugs and possible confiscation of up to $ 100 million.

Villarreal Barragán, an alleged operator of the Beltran Leyva cartel in the American union, was accused by the U.S. government of conspiring to distribute, import and possess more than five kilograms of cocaine between January 2006 and September 2010.

The fourth count corresponds to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in the Southern District of Texas during the same period, according to the document obtained by Notimex.

The indictment was originally presented on November 23, 2010 in Laredo Division of the Court in Texas, but remained under seal until this year.

Federal prosecutors also issued a notice of criminal forfeiture of the defendant properties from the first three charges.

U.S. calls for the forfeiture of any property purchased from the profits of their drug trafficking activities, or any property for up to $ 100 million.

In this framework, the Department of Justice upheld the legal custody of Villarreal Barragán, after the initial versions of the accused was held by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“He was extradited to the United States last night and made his initial appearance in the Southern District of Texas this morning,” said the spokeswoman Justice Department, Alisa Finelli.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said yesterday that the alleged drug trafficker will be prosecuted for committing conspiracy against health and money laundering.

According to research cited by the U.S. authorities PGR, the extradition was a member of a group dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering cartel Arturo Beltran Leyva between 2007 and 2010.

Villarreal Barragan participated in the transfer of millions of U.S. dollars, derived from the illegal sale of narcotics abroad, according to such investigations.

El Grande, ” remained in the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center 2 West, in Texas, since December 2011 when the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) had been met, the provisional arrest for extradition issued by a federal court.

The delivery operation took place on Tuesday at the International Airport of Mexico City, where the AFI gave Sergio Villarreal elements Marshals Service U.S..

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Posted by on 05/24/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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USA drugs on the rise-oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan

It triggers addiction to painkillers in the U.S.

Increases the use and abuse of these drugs has coincided with a wave of overdose deaths and robberies of pharmacies

oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan

oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan

NEW YORK, April 5. – The sale of the two most popular painkillers offered by prescription in the United States has soared to new areas of the country, according to an analysis.Experts, concerned, consider that the pressure to relieve patients’ pain is unleashing an addiction of epidemic proportions.

Figures from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English) show a dramatic increase between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. In some places, sales increased 16 times.

Meanwhile, the distribution of hydrocodone, the key ingredient in Vicodin, Lortab and Norco, is up in Appalachia, the original epicenter of the epidemic of painkillers in the U.S., as in the Midwest.

The increases have coincided with a wave of overdose deaths, pharmacy robberies and other problems in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Florida and other states. Opioids for pain relief, a category that includes oxycodone and hydrocodone 14800 deaths caused by overdose in 2008 alone, and the number of deaths is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All across America, pharmacies received and distributed the equivalent of 69 tons of oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone in 2010, according to available statistics. This is enough to give 40 Percocet pills 5 mg and 24 Vicodin 5 mg every person in America.

The DEA records the data from shipments to distributors, pharmacies, and hospitals, medical and educational institutions. Eventually analgesics are administered and sold to patients, but the DEA does not record how much you receive each patient individually.

The increase is partly due to the pains of aging population and a greater willingness of doctors to relieve pain, said Gregory Bunt, medical director at the chain of clinics for the treatment of addictions Daytop Village in New York.

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Posted by on 04/06/2012 in Crime!, Drug Abuse


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34 Sinaloa Cartel members Captured in Colombia

Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo
Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo

During the investigation ten tons of cocaine was seized and 16 aircraft immobilized, they account for 90% of the drugs trafficked in the country

BOGOTA, Feb. 25. – The Colombian authorities arrested 34 suspected drug traffickers sought by the United States, the largest mass arrest for extradition in the history of the war on drugs in the country, police spokesmen said Monday.

The National Police Director, General Oscar Naranjo, in speaking to the press in Cali. The detainees were part of an organization known as the Clan of the Galeano and linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

The catch is derived from an investigation of several months by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (Dijin) of the National Police, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

During the time of the investigation ten tons of cocaine was seized and 16 aircraft immobilized, said the official, who stressed that the trafficking group makes up about 90 percent of the drugs that occurs in the South East and all bound for Mexico and the United States.

It was the largest mass arrest for extradition in the history of the war on drugs in the country, “said Naranjo, who attended a meeting in Cali. The government led by President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. Most of the detainees, thirteen, were arrested in Villavicencio (center), another twelve in Bogota and the other in Ibague (southwest), Manizales (west), Florence (south) and Inirida (east).

Those captured are requested in extradition by a court in Miami.

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Posted by on 02/26/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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US anti-drug cooperation will continue with whoever wins elections in Mexico

English: Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico....

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US anti-drug cooperation will continue with whoever wins elections in Mexico

The U.S. government said he did not foresee changes in military strategy against organized crime adopted by Felipe Calderon

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22. – The U.S. government said today that cooperation with Mexico will remain unchanged in the war on drugs, whoever wins the presidential elections in July in that country, while drug violence has been the focus of several congressional leaders.

The fight against drugs in Mexico, since December 2006, has claimed the lives of some 50,000 people in that country, and is a key part of bilateral relations, but has also been a source of friction between the two countries.

However, neither human rights organizations, nor the Washington government and analysts expect changes in military strategy adopted by President Felipe Calderon.

“Since late 1990, Mexico has undergone a major political developments after seventy years of being ruled by a single party. It is a profound change and that we have welcomed,” said William Ostick, a spokesman for the Department of State.

“The interests and American values are the same as in Mexico: a free and fair election decided by the Mexican people. Look forward to working closely with the Mexican government, led by the political party chosen by the Mexicans,” he said Ostick.

For lack of better options on the table, none of the presidential candidates in Mexico has explained what changes would you make in the current strategy, nor have they indicated whether long-term would, for example, more room for maneuver for the agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Mexican soil.

The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, who leads polls ahead of elections next July 1, leans in favor of a gradual withdrawal of the military displaced in 14 of the 31 states, but has not offered a timetable for achieving it.

“Whoever is elected in Mexico will largely continue the current strategy, but the next president may seek a greater focus on strengthening institutions and prosecuting the most violent groups,” said Andrew Selee Efe, director of Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

“The general policy will not change, but may change the way it is applied there,” said the expert.

During a hearing last week, Arizona Sen. John McCain, questioned the commitment of “at least one candidate” to continue the fight against drug traffickers, but declined to say whether he was referring to Peña Nieto.

Through the Merida Initiative, a regional security initiative, 400 million, U.S. aid to Mexico to fight the drug cartels to prevent a “contagion” of drug violence in its territory.

Last Thursday, during a ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso (Texas), Calderón again requested U.S. assistance to curb the flow of arms to his country, which nourishes “the terrible violence” afflicting the country.

“No more weapons to Mexico (No more weapons to Mexico),” Calderon cried in English, after a ceremony where he witnessed the destruction of nearly seven thousand weapons, including assault rifles and grenades, seized organized crime.

The Spanish group President of Congress, Charlie A. Gonzalez said today that in the next two weeks will review with representatives of the various proposals Mexican presidential candidates in the drug war in Mexico.

“They asked us to submit proposals and recommendations. I do not know how different can be a focus (of the war on drugs) than it has been doing the government of Felipe Calderon … whoever is in front of the next government will have to get the full support of the Mexican people, their commitment, their participation, “he said.

In these ideas Mexicans “are those who risk their personal safety. The task is not easy. The United States must be a partner, an ally and we have to find how we can help the Mexican people to engage in their own future, “stressed the Texas legislature.

Without giving details, Gonzalez said the meetings will be held in Texas.

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Posted by on 02/23/2012 in Crime!, Politics


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Denver; 80 people arrested drug trafficking

80 people involved in drug trafficking arrested in Denver

80 people involved in drug trafficking arrested in Denver

More than 500 federal agents and local police participated in an operation today in the Denver metropolitan area which culminated in the arrest of 80 people suspected of bringing large quantities of drugs from Mexico to Colorado via California, reported federal prosecutors.

According to Attorney John Walsh, the operation was “the largest in the history of Denver” and allowed to seize 26 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of cocaine, “crack”, almost half a kilo of methamphetamine, over 400 thousand dollars in cash and 12 firearms, including two assault rifles.

Walsh said that in the operation involved agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and officers from several jurisdictions that are part of the Denver Metro Drug Enforcement Group and effective police departments Aurora and Denver.

“These combined actions allowed dismantle four distinct groups, but related,” Walsh said during a press conference in Aurora.

He said that investigations into this case began in December 2009 and ended recently when a special jury ruled seven counts of drug trafficking and other crimes against 97 people, of which 17 have not yet been arrested.

Most arrests were made in dozens of homes in Denver and surrounding areas, with no reported clashes or injuries. As a result of the arrests, 12 were under the care of child protective services.

The prosecutor reported that the drug entered from Mexico to California and then was transferred to Colorado. Although not revealed amounts, Walsh referred to “very substantial amounts” and “many kilos for the streets of Colorado.”

These drug trafficking activities were connected with a group of 25 gang members over the past two years committed at least 16 local bank robberies. The investigation of these assaults resulted in identification of many of those arrested today.

Because they face federal charges, the suspects could receive sentences of up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $ 10 million.

The official report does not provide names or nationalities of the detainees.

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Posted by on 02/10/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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