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the capture of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

the capture of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

US authorities announced plans to seek the extradition of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord after his capture in a US-backed operation that included a drone, cellphone intercepts and elite Mexican marines.

As prosecutors in New York prepared their request, new details emerged Sunday from the manhunt that led to the capture of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose empire has smuggled drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia.

The US surveillance drone was used for two weeks between mid-January and mid-February to back up a massive operation in the northwestern city of Culiacan, a US government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Guzman eventually slipped out of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, after escaping through tunnels under one of his safe houses as the marines closed in on him, Mexican and US officials said.

Under pressure, the 56-year-old drug capo, who had been on the run since escaping from prison 13 years ago, fled further south to the beach resort city of Mazatlan.

It was there that the elite marine unit captured him on Saturday, in the fourth floor of a condominium, with a surprisingly small entourage that included one lookout, one bodyguard and a woman believed to be his beauty-queen wife, the US official said.

Guzman went down without a single shot.

“Cellular telephone intercepts were involved in the arrest,” the official said.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration had provided intelligence information to the marines.

The US official said the remote-controlled aircraft was not used in Mazatlan, but it had been deployed in Culiacan to corroborate other intelligence and that Mexico’s military had authorized its use.

One of the world’s most wanted man, Guzman had been spending most of his time in the bustling city of Culiacan, living in houses with escape tunnels, extra thick walls and steel-reinforced doors, officials said.

“It’s a big city where he has his contacts, his women, his houses,” the US official said.

Officials had hoped that Guzman would flee to a rural, more open space to capture him, and his decision to run to Mazatlan around three days before his arrest was a surprise, the official said.

His arrest capped a months-long operation that resulted in the arrests of a dozen Sinaloa cartel operatives, including alleged bodyguards of Guzman’s top associate, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Several cellphones were seized from the detainees and later used to establish wiretaps as part of the operation against the Sinaloa cartel, said an official from the Mexican attorney general’s office.

The official said authorities are still searching for Zambada, who is considered Guzman’s natural successor.

– US seeks extradition –

Nabbing Guzman, who is considered the world’s biggest drug trafficker, was a major victory in President Enrique Pena Nieto’s push to rein in drug violence in his country.

The Sinaloa cartel’s turf wars with rival gangs contributed to a wave of drug violence that left more than 77,000 people dead in the past seven years.

The United States had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture, with several indictments in cities from New York to San Diego.

Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, said prosecutors there “plan to seek his extradition.”

A senior Republican lawmaker called for Guzman’s extradition, warning that “the biggest fish ever” may try to flee again in a repeat of his legendary 2001 escape from prison in a laundry cart.

“I think that would be the best course for not only Mexico, but also the United States, in ensuring that what happened in 2001 does not happen again,” Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC television.

A Mexican foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment on the planned extradition request.

An official in the Mexican attorney general’s office said Guzman has to finish the 20-year sentence he avoided by fleeing eight years into his prison term.

But he is also facing new charges of drug trafficking, using illegal funds, organized crime and possession of weapons reserved for the military, the official said.

The captured kingpin is not facing murder charges

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Posted by on 02/24/2014 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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El Chapo, will follow the path of Osama, US reaffirms fight against cartels

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El Chapo, will follow the path of Osama, US reaffirms fight against cartels

Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and Alejandro Poire, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, the border closed to criminals, both countries will strengthen action against terrorism and drug trafficking

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 28. – The Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said her country will persist in the arrest of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, and against the Zetas.

In a joint press conference with Secretary of the Interior (Interior Ministry), Alejandro Poire, the U.S. official likened the Sinaloa drug dealer with terrorist Osama bin Laden, who was killed last year in Pakistan, saying that even if take years, criminals have to pay for their actions.

“It took ten years to find Osama bin Laden, and you know what happened there. I am not suggesting that the same will happen with (El Chapo) Guzman, I am suggesting that we are persistent when it comes to people who do evil, “she said.

At the headquarters of the Interior Ministry, two officials agreed on mechanisms to strengthen bilateral relations in order to exchange information on international terrorism.

It was reported that efforts against drug trafficking and women abuse, and the start of a pilot repatriation of Mexicans, among other the many safety issues.

US ensures that the drug war has not been a failure

The Obama administration does not consider the war against organized crime, launched by President Felipe Calderon a “Freudian slip”, however is a necessary effort that must continue, said Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States.

On a visit to our country and having been hosted by Secretary of the Interior, Alejandro Pore, the official stated that the Mexican government’s strategy to bring down crime must be an ongoing effort, not to be neglected.

“I do not think the fight against drugs is a failure. It is not! Is an ongoing effort and we will continue to help our people and avoid ingesting dangerous drugs, “the official emphasized the United States?

At the same time, Janet Napolitano likened the drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera, with the terrorist Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, who was killed last year in Pakistan, saying that even if take years, criminals must pay for their actions.

Napolitano added that the eyes are placed on groups of terrorists, and “we will be persistent, consistent and robust when confronted.”

On the possibility of comparing the drug trade to terrorism, she said “I think that terrorism is a global threat, all countries are fighting it, the information exchange agreements and collaboration is important.”

In Juarez Salon Interior Ministry, Napolitano said that “the community of nations working together which increases the chances of preventing a terrorist act.”

She stressed that “drug trafficking is a threat, but must be addressed differently, it is a different type of crime, so it is important that we act not only on a bi-national, but regionally to combat drug supply illegal. “

Joint effort

Poire and Napolitano agreed to strengthen cooperation to combat terrorist infiltration in the region and orderly repatriation of Mexican migrants.

Both governments will work to prevent international terrorism in Mexico avoiding the entry of any person belonging to a criminal organization or persons threatening the security of both countries, for it will speed up and expand the exchange of information with opportunity to take the preventive measures and appropriate operational.

To drive traffic and combat human trafficking, “crime that respects no geographic boundaries,” said Interior Minister, agreed to launch a project with the Central American countries which will work collaboratively to dismantle the networks and lead to justice the criminals who commit “crimes as despicable.”

He also noted that Mexico and the United States will begin as soon as a pilot program of repatriation of Mexican nationals takes the lessons and progress that has been carried out in the frame, cited an example, the Voluntary Repatriation Program to Interior, to improve border security and that of its own nationals to facilitate their return to their home communities with full respect for their human rights.

Assessed progress in implementing various programs to facilitate the movement of nationals between Mexico and the United States, among which is the Global Entry, through which the user can enter the territory of another country with much more ease and speed.

He said this mechanism will start soon at airports in Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos for U.S. citizens who visit our country as tourists or business, may come more quickly and make their immigration with certainty and efficiency. This will encourage more tourism and trade between the two nations.

The cheapest

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel is one of the world’s most wanted criminals and the magazine Forbes considered one of the 100 most powerful men on earth.

His criminal organization with tentacles in 48 countries was strengthened after his escape from prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, in 2001 in a laundry.

The Sinaloa cartel has a bloody dispute with other criminal organizations, particularly with Los Zetas, and with the Armed Forces.

Controversial Error

Major newspapers and news agencies circulated that Secretary of Homeland Security of the American Union, Janet Napolitano, said: “It took 10 years to catch Osama, you know what happened and the same will happen with Guzman.”


Stenographic version released by the Interior Ministry said the following:

“Well, I tell you something, it took 10 years to catch Osama Bin Laden, we find it and you know what happened. I believe that the same will happen to Guzman; the only thing I am suggesting is that we are persistent when we are close of evil and damaging to countries, yours and ours. So this theme is continued in a comprehensive manner. “

The original

But Napolitano said: “Let me just say, it took us 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden, and you know what Happened there. I’m not suggesting the Same thing would happen with Guzman , but I’m suggesting That We are persistent when it comes to wrong doers and Those who do harm, in Both of our countries. So that issue continues. “

Translated into Spanish, she said, “Let me say, it took ten years to find Osama Bin Laden, and you know what happened there. I am not suggesting that the same will happen to Guzman, but suggesting that we are persistent when they get bad actors and those who do harm, in both countries. So the issue remains. “

The clarification

However, hours later, the Interior Ministry said that there was an error of translation in the press conference that provided the head of the agency, Alejandro  Poire and Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

The blunder was attributed to an interpreter for the Government, that Napolitano would have suggested that Joaquin Guzman Loera would have the same fate as Osama Bin Laden, who was killed by an elite squad of United States last year.

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Posted by on 02/29/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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MORELOS- Govt denies Narco traffickers in control!

MORELOS controlled by Narco gangs

The Government denies that 97 percent of Morelos is controlled by the narco traffickers

Government Secretary of Morelos, Sergio Hernandez Oscar Benitez responded to CIGRAS revealed by the PGR

MORELOS, February 27. – The Secretary of Government of Morelos, Sergio Hernandez Oscar Benitez, denied that 97 percent of the territory of Morelos under the control of drug trafficking gangs, after figures released by the PGR, which is the state indicated by the Republic where criminal groups have gained greater national presence.

The state official said, “these figures should be reviewed, based on that issue do not have any official communication to the state to bring any of the information in this regard, this data is offered through a communication medium we will be reviewing, input of course not share it. “

However, said he would review the figures thrown in the study published in a national newspaper, which did not match the data you have security institutions in Morelos.

According to a newspaper of national circulation, provides that Morelos has been homicides linked to organized crime, almost 97 percent of the municipalities, unlike other entities, where criminal activities are mainly concentrated in urban centers.

This morning the security cabinet met in Morelos house, where they say the government secretary, the key issues were the follow up and continuity to the presentation of the police creditable.

The other two issues are related to safety in the state, are monitoring and proceed to the tests of control and confidence, as well as indicators of the National Security Council prior to this meeting to be held next Wednesday.

They also reviewed the operations of the Ministry of Security and the Office of Morelos, in order to establish the strengthening of these corporations on preventive measures, which have applied since the year began in the state.

Italian SHOT

Meanwhile, at 11: 20 am, just after the meeting between members of the Security Cabinet, in the same colony Vista Hermosa, where the official residence of the government of Morelos, a guy came in and shot five times a diner.

According to early data released by the authorities, an Italian citizen was shot three times in once in the leg, and twice in the abdomen, by a person inside a cafe on the Avenida Rio Mayo, in a mall.

The victim was identified as Anielo Seguino, 52, who was transferred to a private clinic a few blocks from the mall, where it was reported that the victim was in serious condition but stable.

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Posted by on 02/28/2012 in Crime!


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Los Angeles and Culver City- PCP worth nearly $ 100 million seized

Los Angeles PCP worth nearly $ 100 million was seized in Los Angeles and Culver City and two suspects were arrested this week in what authorities categorized as an important seizure of drug traffickingorganization operating throughout the country.

$387 Thousand dollars seized

$387 Thousand dollars seized

The suspects, Darryl Dwayne Burton and La Gina Huckaby, were arrested Wednesday after an investigation that lasted a month, as announced Lt. Scott Fairfield Apprehension Unit of the Interagency Metropolitan Police of Los Angeles, known as THE IMPACT.

The officers found packages containing gallons of PCP in the hands of suspects and then obtained search warrants to inspect various locations where they believed the drug gang operated. Authorities discovered a total of nearly 130 gallons of PCP, which is the chemical name for PCP, homes and warehouses where they made the search, along with $ 389,000 in cash, two assault rifles and enough chemicals to produce about 500 additional gallons of PCP.

The 130 gallons of “finished product” seized by investigators are sufficient to produce 10 million individual doses sold at more than $ 10, said Fairfield. It is believed that this business of drug trafficking operations in Texas, New York and Washington, DC, as well as in other cities throughout the country.


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Posted by on 02/18/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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Daniel Barrera, the most wanted drug lord in Colombia extradicted!

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MEXICO CITY, 12 Feb. The Police of Colombia in an extradition process with Ecuador, transferred /deported, Heriberto Fernandez Ramirez, aka “Beto” to Bogotá narcotics base, who served as liaison for illegal drugs business between Daniel Barrera Loco and Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo Guzman .

The capture of the Colombian confirmed the alliance between Daniel Barrera, the most wanted drug lord in Colombia, and the organization that leads El Chapo Guzman.

“It is noteworthy that Heriberto Fernandez Ramirez, whose extradition is also requested by the District Court of Virginia in the United States for drug trafficking and related crimes,” said Director of Narcotics, General Luis Alberto Perez Alvarán.

Fernandez Ramirez, “Beto,” was intercepted on Tuesday as he walked through the streets by police in Ecuador, and confirmed that he had entered the neighboring country illegally.

Intelligence from the neighboring country confirmed the identity of the Colombian drug trafficker, and immediately reported his arrest to the Colombian Anti-Narcotics Directorate to facilitate delivery. The detainee was transferred at the border of both countries in the night to the Colombian police in the town of Ipiales, Nariño. From there, he was taken to the base of the National Police Narcotics in Bogota.

The “Beto” started his criminal history in the service of Maximilian criminal organization Bonilla, alias Valenciano, coordinating the transportation of large quantities of drugs.

The Narcotics Division said that in his criminal actions, Beto coordinated the transportation and shipment of at least 7 tons of cocaine to the outside, using pollution Containers as the main mode of transport.

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Posted by on 02/13/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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‘Operation Hammer ‘, a multinational effort against drug trafficking

MIAMI, Feb. 9. – The United States Southern Command confirmed today the participation of troops in ‘Operation Hammer ‘, a multinational effort against drug trafficking and organized crime off the coast of Central America.

In the operation the combined forces of the Southern Command and 12 other countries in the hemisphere

Trafficking routes into USA
Trafficking routes into USA

and Europe. Unity in Miami said that “the U.S. contribution to the multinational operation detection, surveillance and interdiction includes Navy ships and Coast Guard, as well federal and corporate aircraft security units.

The mission of Operation Hammer is to detect and intercept the routes used by drug traffickers, both in parallel drug trade and weapons and money laundering. “Over 80 percent of the cocaine is destined for the United States is transported by sea, using coastal routes through Central America, “said General Douglas Fraser, commander of the Air Force Southern Command in a statement.”

By working with our partner nations, we intend to terminate its operations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone, “he explained.” The illicit trade threatens the safety and welfare of the citizens of each country and has a negative influence on regional and national security, “said Fraser.

According to the statement, Operation Hammer is a critical component of the U.S. government’s strategy for coordinated security between regional agencies to support the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime. addition United States, participating in Operation Hammer military Belize, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the UK.

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


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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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