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Ten men with links with Mexican cartels and Los Zetas and the FARC, captured

Map of Mexican drug cartels based on a May 201...

Map of Mexican drug cartels based on a May 2010 Stratfor report. “Free Article for Non-Members”. Stratfor. 2010-05-17 . . Retrieved 2011-03-28 . Tijuana Cartel, red; Beltrán Leyva Cartel, orange; Sinaloa Cartel, yellow; Juárez Cartel, brown; La Familia Michoacana, green; Gulf Cartel, cyan; Los Zetas Cartel, blue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten men reported to have links with Pacific Mexican cartels and Los Zetas and the FARC, were captured after the United States requested his extradition for crimes related to drug trafficking.

Those arrested include two policemen and John Eduarth Monk Alvarado, mayor of Milan, Department of Caquetá and 395 miles southwest of Bogota, said the director of the Technical Investigation of the Attorney General, Maritza Escobar.

“According to the investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office with support from U.S. authorities, it was established that these people would be part of an international organization which exported 100 tons of cocaine a year, to Central America, United States, Spain and Australia,” the agency researcher in a statement.

The arrests took place in nine cities, including Bogota, Medellin and Cali

The report added that “it was determined that the structure would have ties to the Pacific Cartel and Los Zetas in Mexico as well as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the criminal gang Los Urabeños“.

The arrests took place in nine cities, including Bogota, Medellin and Cali.

Five of the 10 captured belong to the same family.

The Colombian authorities have said that Colombian drug gangs supplied the drug to groups of Mexico, who are responsible for the drug across EU, but ruled that Mexican cartels have direct presence in the country.

Other arrests

The Colombian authorities have conducted other operations in which they have detected the presence of the Mexican cartels. – On January 13, 2011 was captured Julio Enrique Ayala Muñoz, one of the men close to Joaquin El Chapo Guzman in the Colombian city of Cali. Ayala, era conocido como El Cóndor. Ayala, was known as the Condor.

– On January 20, 2011, Colombia’s judicial police caught Carlos Arturo Cordoba, The Claw, responsible for getting the aircraft traveling to EU.

– On October 30, 2012 was arrested Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño, My Blood “, considered the largest supplier of cocaine to Los Zetas.

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Posted by on 08/24/2013 in Latin America Drug kingpins, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Has the Vatican Bank cleaned up its Scandel? Watch-out JP!

European watchdogs are today due to present a report on the Vatican Bank which assesses whether the Pope’s troubled financial institution has cleaned up its act or is still a carriage for money laundering and other questionable transactions.

The preliminary report to the Council of Europe by money-laundering experts is reported to contain serious misgivings about whether the bank has put sufficient precautions in place to end its reputation as a channel for Mafia profits of crime, arms deals and even the financing of terrorism.


Milan (Photo credit: DavidMartynHunt)

The secretive bank, whose official name is the Institute for Works of Religion (its Italian acronym is IOR), has come under scrutiny as Pope Benedict XVI attempts to counter its awful reputation and history by opening it up – somewhat – for inspection.An impetus for the IOR to get itself on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “white list” of banks not involved in money laundering or the financing of terrorism was the Vatican’s adoption of the euro as its currency in 2000.

But it was only three years ago that the Pope made serious moves to clean up the bank. This was after evidence emerged that the head of the IOR since 1990, Monsignor Angelo Caloia, had expanded money laundering and keeping secret accounts for favoured politicians for which the bank became notorious in the 1970s and 1980s.

But it appears that not everyone in the Vatican Curia, the Roman Catholic Church’s offices in the Italian capital which form an independent nation state, supports the Pope’s policy of transparency for the IOR.

Some of the resistance among senior Vatican officials to the Pope’s policy of bank transparency is based on defending the sovereignty of the Holy See, which is under almost constant pressure from Italian authorities.

But others appear to have less principled reasons for wanting to defend the secrecy of the IOR’s 35,000 accounts, $7.5 billion in assets and the $55 million a year the banking business produces for the church.

That is indicated by the fate of the professional banker, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who was brought in after Caloia’s departure.

Amid reports of disputes with the Vatican’s foreign minister, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Tedeschi was fired in May by the IOR’s lay board of financiers, saying he had become an obstacle to transparency.

That does not seem to be the view of Italy’s national police, the Carabinieri, who detained Tedeschi in June as part of a corruption investigation, but who discovered when they searched the banker’s home and office a dossier comprising many files and ring binders of information about the Vatican Bank.

The trove of information gathered by Tedeschi is said to refer to anonymous numbered accounts and messages indicating how IOR officials got around European regulations aimed at combating money laundering.

The professed purpose of the IOR, which was set up in 1942, is to finance works of charity among the church’s 1.2 billion followers worldwide. But it is not a bank in the traditional sense and relies on commercial banks in Italy and in other countries to handle its transactions.

Thus in 2009 IOR set up an account with the Milan branch of the American bank JPMorgan Chase. Tens of millions of euros are reported to have flowed through the Milan account to another IOR account set up at the JPMorgan branch in Frankfurt, Germany.

When Italian investigators, working on another case, stumbled on the Milan account and started asking questions, JPMorgan, which had done business with IOR for 35 years, became nervous.

JPMorgan executives asked Vatican officials for information about where the money going through the Milan account originated. When the American bank didn’t get satisfactory answers it closed the IOR Milan account, saying anti-money laundering regulations did not permit its continued operation.

From its founding in 1942 the activities of the bank were controversial and the target of allegations of questionable movements of money and gold during and after the Second World War.

But the Vatican Bank’s culture as a criminal enterprise took off in 1969 when lawyer, banker and Mafia don Michele “The Shark” Sindona was given the job of running it by his old friend Pope Paul VI.

Sindona used the bank to launder the Gambino Mafia family’s profits from heroin trafficking. By the late 1970s Sindona and his banks were the subject of investigations by Italian judges, prosecutors and politicians, several of whom were murdered.

In 1986 Sindona, serving a 25-year sentence for murder, was poisoned in his cell by cyanide in his coffee.

The culture of illegality at the IOR was well established when Archbishop Paul Marcinkus took over its running. In 1982 he was indicted as an accessory in the $3.5-billion collapse of the IOR’s associated Banco Ambrosiano, which was used to launder Mafia drug money. Marcinkus avoided trial because of diplomatic immunity.

But the head of the Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi, was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982.


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Posted by on 07/09/2012 in Crime!, Politics


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technical problems, cause hearing cancellation for Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla The Vicentillo

Federal Judge Ruben Castillo set a new preliminary hearing for June 28 in the case of Mexican drug

Due to technical problems, hearing canceled for Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla The Vicentillo
Due to technical problems, hearing canceled for Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla The Vicentillo










CHICAGO, April 18. – Federal Judge Ruben Castillo set a new preliminary hearing for June 28 in the case of Mexican drug trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla The Vicentillo , after stopping the hearing today.

Wednesday’s hearing lasted less than five minutes due to technical glitches that prevented the remote link with Zambada Niebla, held in a Michigan prison, judicial sources said.

The hearing-second of this year, began without the virtual presence of the Vicentillo , as the monitor of the courtroom did not work, so only attended Thomas Arevalo, co-accused on charges of introducing tons of drugs into the U.S. .

The judge received several requests from attorneys Zambada Fog to continue the preparatory process and took two months to enable the defense to conclude its evidence gathering process, before the new preliminary hearing to trial.

On January 25, less than a month after the original date to start the process against Zambada Niebla (February 13, 2012), Judge Castillo decided to postpone eight months, until October 9, who argued for delays lawyers.

By that time the judge had already rejected the claim that U.S. agents in Mexico guaranteed him immunity from arrest.

Zambada Niebla was arrested in Mexico in 2009 and extradited to Chicago in 2010.

Since last year is being held in prison in Milan from Michigan, because in the preventive detention of Chicago was a lack of security required to fulfill your request for leave to exercise outdoors.

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Posted by on 04/19/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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