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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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Six of the eight cartels have Command networks in Texas!

The Mexican drug cartels are the biggest threat of organized crime in Texas, according to an intelligence report, released today which highlights the main risks to public safety entity.

Human trafficking at the Border“Six of the eight cartels currently have command and control networks operating in the state and move drugs and people into the United States while carrying cash, weapons and stolen vehicles into Mexico,” said the report.

The “Summary of Threats to Public Safety Texas 2013″, released by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), said to be a “top priority” in severely obstruct the scope and power of Mexican drug organizations.

“The impact of crime cartels is painfully obvious when we look at our neighbors in Mexico, with about 60,000 deaths since 2006 and continuing cases of brutal torture,” he said during the presentation of the report, DPS director Steve McCraw.

The report was based on information and perspectives of law enforcement, gathered from multiple national security agencies.

The report noted that state prison gangs are the second greatest threat of organized crime in Texas.

“Many gangs are now working directly with Mexican cartels, who earn substantial profits from drug trafficking,” he said.

“The prison gangs operating inside and outside the prison system, and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime,” he added.

The report said that “criminal aliens” who may not be affiliated with cartels or gangs, also pose a threat.

He said that “from October 2008 to December 2012, Texas has identified a total of 141,982 foreign nationals held in prisons throughout Texas.

“These individuals are responsible for at least 447,844 criminal offenses, including 32 murders and two to five thousand sexual assaults.

The report also warned that “criminal organizations and individuals are involved in the exploitation and trafficking of children for profit”, including extortion, forced labor, sexual assault and prostitution.

Topped that currently takes into Texas 76,272 registered sex offenders and at least 60,871 of these were as a child victim or child.

 
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Posted by on 03/28/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels, Smuggling

 

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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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Seven bodies found dismembered in Torreon

The remains were found in plastic bags inside an abandoned farm in the colony Bishopric

The dismembered bodies of seven men were found today in the city of Torreón, Coahuila, authorities said.

The commander of the investigative division of the state police reported that at 02:00 local time (08:00 GMT) the remains were found inside an abandoned farm.

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Early reports indicate that after an anonymous report, investigators discovered the bodies in the colony Bishopric.

“There were seven male trunks and different body parts like hands, arms, legs and feet and heads, six black plastic bags,” the source said.

The bodies were taken to the forensic facilities of the corporation to carry out the surveys of law, the authority said.

Two other bodies were located in different areas of the city streets; two men dead, ages about 22 and 30, allegedly killed by firearms, according to the command.

The city of Torreon has been controlled in recent years by the organized crime group Los Zetas, but the dispute over the territory by the Sinaloa cartel has unleashed multiple clashes between the two bands.

The creation of a national program for the prevention of crime in order to combat the wave of insecurity with comprehensive measures, was placed first in a series of immediate actions announced yesterday the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, in his first address to the nation shortly after taking over as head of state.

 
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Posted by on 12/03/2012 in Crime!, Latin America Drug kingpins

 

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More than a Hundred bodies dissolved in acid, located on the property of The Pozolero

Tijuana – The deputy against Organized Crime in Baja California, Abel Galván Gallardo said he found a second narcofosa

more than 100 dead bodies located that had been dissolved in acid

The deputy against Organized Crime in Baja California, Abel Galván Gallardo, confirmed the discovery of what could be more than a hundred bodies dissolved in acid, on a property owned by Santiago Meza “The Pozolero” where experts from The Attorney General’s Office (PGR), conducted excavations on Thursday located a second narcofosa on the grounds.

Whole bodies were not spotted until, the elements of the PGR and the Attorney General of Baja California found organic mass, but still digs for bones and teeth, as these tend to be placed at the bottom of the points excavated, said Fernando Ocegueda, representative of the United Association for the Disappeared.

Ocegueda Flores, said that this is the third piece of land owned by “The Pozolero” where human remains are discovered: the first was called ‘Ojo de Agua’ where in 2009, after the arrest of Santiago Meza, several bodies were discovered, the second , called Loma Bonita, and the third called La Gallera, located in the ejido Maclovio Rojas of this city.

Meanwhile, Abel Galvan found that “there may be more than one hundred bodies and diluted (are to) expected to find any particles or bone that has comparative and junction with existing genetic information in the databases of dependency” .

In this third field, experts sent by the PGR located a room with artifacts and drums that could have been used for the dissolution of bodies and a canal that opens into the pit where the bodies were going to stop in liquid, mainly of his chief rivals, the kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental, alias “El Teo”.

Meanwhile, the human rights activist Victor Clark, said that the practice of dissolving the bodies to hide them, was very handy in the middle of this decade, but in recent years, was changed to the bodies being placed in water in order to intimidate the rival organized crime gangs

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2012 in Crime!

 

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Miss Sinaloa 2012 found dead with an assault rifle!

Miss Sinaloa was traveling with members of organized crime: PGJE

Miss Sinaloa found dead with an assault rifle next to her!

The attorney of Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera said in a news conference that Maria Susana Flores Gamez riding gunmen in a vehicle before being found dead

The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera, said at a press conference that Maria Susana Flores Gamez, Miss Sinaloa 2012 was traveling in one of the vehicles of suspected gunmen clashed Saturday with soldiers.

The body of the 20 year old was found with an assault rifle.

“She walked into the group of criminals, but we cannot say who was involved in the shooting, right now we have to investigate the scene and background of the action,” said the attorney.

Flores, a young brunette, was elected in February as Miss Sinaloa 2012, a contest that is confined to the state.

The prosecutor said there was a first meeting and then a persecution by the military. Two of the alleged gunmen were also killed and four more were arrested.

Higuera said only that they were members of organized crime, but now federal authorities shall determine which group.

Another winner of beauty contest, the Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Elena Zúñiga, was arrested in December of that year in the western state of Jalisco while traveling with suspected drug traffickers in a vehicle in which weapons were located, cartridges and thousands of dollars.

In early 2009 she was acquitted of drug charges.

The title of Miss Sinaloa, Sinaloa different from woman, allows the winners to participate in the national beauty pageant to represent Mexico in Miss Universe.

 
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Posted by on 11/27/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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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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