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  • Mexico claims that world's most wanted drug lord injured while fleeing a raid on mountain hideout

    10/17/2015 7:54:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/17/2015 | Christopher Woody
    Four months after his brazen escape from a maximum-security prison in central Mexico, Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán may have been wounded while escaping a manhunt that has intensified in recent days. Mexican security forces, with assistance from US drug officials, tracked cellphone signals that indicated Guzmán was at a ranch near the town of Cosalá, in the mountains of Sinaloa state, according to NBC News. Mexican marines mounted a raid on the property, but they were forced to turn back when their helicopters reportedly came under fire from what are believed to be Guzmán's henchmen. The marines...
  • Ex-drug kingpin swindled D.C. for $300,000, jury finds; job center funds used for strip club

    06/25/2014 6:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Mike Debonis
    A former drug kingpin who received more than $300,000 from 2006 to 2008 to build a job-training center for people with HIV/AIDS instead used the funds to build a luxury strip club, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Monday. Cornell Jones and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit group Jones founded after serving nine years in prison on narcotics charges, falsified nine documents or statements to support grants worth $329,654, the jury decided after a four-day trial and seven hours of deliberation. Jones, once the king of the notorious Hanover Place NW open-air drug market, used much of those city funds for...
  • US angry over release of Mexican drug lord

    08/10/2013 7:59:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 10, 2013 10:41 AM EDT | Adriana Gomez Licon and Mark Stevenson
    U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique Camarena, but a Mexican federal court ordered his release this week, saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes. The 60-year-old walked out of a prison in the western state of Jalisco early Friday after serving...
  • Modern Day Ruins: Late Medellin Cartel Leader Pablo Escobar's Estates Abandoned, in Ruins (Photos)

    09/24/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s abandoned private island At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena, islands that have since been abandoned by their human occupants. Urban explorer and photographer Stefaan Beernaert, also known as Fotantje, has explored the islands off Catagena and photographed the so-called "Drug Islands."...
  • A User's Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama

    05/25/2012 1:02:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 5/25/2012 | Gavon Laessig
    Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot. A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."
  • Wife of Mexican Drug Lord Gives Birth in California, Then Returns to Mexico

    09/28/2011 9:51:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 27, 2011 | Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood,
    Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, gave birth Aug. 15 to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, according to birth records and a senior U.S. law enforcement official. ... Turns out Coronel, a 22-year-old former beauty queen, holds U.S. citizenship, which entitles her to travel freely to the United States. By being born in California, and to a mother who is an American citizen, her little girls also have U.S. citizenship. Guzman, 54, the multibillionaire fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel, married Coronel the day she turned 18 in a lavish wedding in the highlands of central Mexico...
  • Michoacan peace march turns into rally for La Familia drug lord

    12/13/2010 6:43:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | 13 Dec 2010 | Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City
    A peace march called by the government of a Mexican town that was the scene of a deadly gun battle between federal forces and the local cartel ended up as a rally in support of a slain drug lord. Saturday's marcha in Apatzingan, Michoacan, a stronghold of the drug-trafficking group La Familia, had been called as a demonstration for peace after a federal operation against the cartel left 12 people dead last week. Among them was purportedly one of the drug group's two top leaders, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, also known as "The Craziest" and "The Doctor," among other names. Photographs...
  • Army captures U.S. teen hitman in Mexico

    12/03/2010 11:32:37 AM PST · by jakerobins · 28 replies · 3+ views
    Mexican soldiers captured a 14-year-old U.S. citizen suspected of being a drug gang hitman as he attempted to travel to the United States. Edgar Jimenez, known as "El Ponchis," worked for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state, outside Mexico City, the army said Friday. The boy was caught late Thursday as he boarded a plane in the city of Cuernavaca in Morelos. He was travelling to the border city of Tijuana across from San Diego, California, with two of his sisters, one of whom is believed to be the lover of one of the cartel's bosses, the army...
  • Mexico says drug lord 'the Barbie' captured (Texas-born alleged drug kingpin)

    08/30/2010 6:45:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/10 | Alexandra Olson - ap
    MEXICO CITY – Federal police on Monday captured a Texas-born alleged drug kingpin who faces trafficking charges in the U.S. and has been blamed for a vicious turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges and shootouts in central Mexico. The arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "the Barbie," was the culmination of a yearlong intelligence operation, the Public Safety Department said in a statement. The department said Valdez was captured Monday in the state of Mexico, which borders the capital of Mexico City, but did not offer any other details. Valdez — the third major drug lord brought...
  • US, Mexican officials: Tijuana drug lord captured ("El Teo")

    01/12/2010 12:09:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/10 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    TIJUANA, Mexico – Mexico has captured a kingpin accused of terrorizing his way to the top of a gang fighting for control of key U.S. drug routes — even ordering rivals dissolved in acid. Tuesday's arrest, announced by U.S. and Mexican officials, capped a series of victories in Mexico's U.S.-backed war on narcotics. Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as "El Teo," was arrested at 5 a.m. (8 a.m. EST; 1300 GMT), said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, California. She said she had no other details. A U.S. official and a Mexican law enforcement...
  • Mexico announces capture of alleged drug lord (WARNING - Graphic photos)

    01/02/2010 8:06:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 2,841+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/10 | Alexandra Olson - ap
    MEXICO CITY – Mexican police have captured alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva, just two week after his even more powerful brother was killed in a shootout with troops — back-to-back victories in President Felipe Calderon's drug war. The Public Safety office said in a statement Saturday night that Carlos Beltran Leyva was arrested in Culiacan, the capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, where he and several of his brothers were born and allegedly started their gang. Two weeks ago, his brother Arturo, reputed chief of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines...
  • Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar 'burned £1.2million in cash to keep his daughter warm...

    11/03/2009 3:14:12 AM PST · by bogusname · 11 replies · 971+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 3. 2009 | Gerard Couzens
    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar burnt more than £1million to keep his daughter warm during a single night on the run, it has emerged. The infamous cocaine baron lit a bonfire using wads of U.S. dollars at a mountain hideout while he was being hunted by authorities, his son has claimed. Sebastian Marroqumn, who has changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar, said his father burnt the notes when he realized daughter Manuela was suffering from hypothermia...
  • CIA pays Afghan leader's brother: report

    10/28/2009 1:46:12 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Nine News ^ | October 28, 2009
    Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the embattled Afghan president and a suspected drug trafficker, has been on the CIA payroll for most of the past eight years, The New York Times says. The US spy agency pays Karzai for a variety of services, the newspaper said on Tuesday, such as fielding recruits for an Afghan paramilitary force operating at the CIA's direction in and around his home city of Kandahar, a Taliban stronghold. He also helps the CIA contact and sometimes meet Taliban followers. Karzai, who is said to have ties to Afghanistan's lucrative illegal opium trade, has a...
  • Mexican drugs kingpin Vicente Carillo Leyva arrested - jogging in park

    04/03/2009 9:49:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 833+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 04/03/09 | Philippe Naughton
    Mexican drugs kingpin Vicente Carillo Leyva arrested - jogging in park Philippe Naughton Mexican police are celebrating the arrest of one of the country's most wanted drugs barons, picked up while jogging in a park in Mexico City. Vicente Carillo Leyva, the 32-year-old heir to the Juarez cartel, was still wearing his white Abercrombie & Fitch tracksuit when he was paraded before the media in the Mexican capital yesterday. The arrest was seen as a major coup for the security forces, who are often accused of letting drugs barons operate with impunity. By a happy coincidence, however, Carrillo Leyva was...
  • Death Toll Rises to 40 this week in Tijuana (Graphic Photos)

    10/03/2008 5:51:55 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 53 replies · 5,157+ views
    NBC ^ | 10/3/2008 | NBC
    Some 40 people have been killed in drug-related violence in the past week in Tijuana, bringing the total so far this year to more than 400. On Monday, 12 bodies were found outside an elementary school and an additional four victims were discovered in another section of the city. Nine more bodies were discovered near a day care on Thursday and two other bodies were found elsewhere.
  • CA: Mexican drug lord Arellano Felix sentenced to life in prison

    11/05/2007 1:25:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 156+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/05/07 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    Asking forgiveness in two nations, Mexican drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano Felix was sentenced Monday to life in prison for running a criminal enterprise and conspiring to launder money. In a letter, translated in English and read by his lawyer, Arrellano Felix asked people on both sides of the border to forgive his "wrongful decisions and criminal conduct."
  • A Taste of Justice for Arellano

    12/21/2006 5:41:18 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 496+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 21 Dec 2006 | Editorial staff
    The Law: We doubt anyone's facing worse charges in U.S. courts than drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano Felix. So why is the Justice Department hesitating to suggest the death penalty? To put it delicately, this guy's a monster. Apprehended in August by the Drug Enforcement Administration in international waters off Baja California, Arellano was charged in U.S. federal court in San Diego on Wednesday in a string of grotesque crimes on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. The seven-count indictment covers crimes mostly connected to operating a continuing criminal enterprise. He's also charged with murder. But that seems only to...
  • Lawyers for Arellano (Drug Cartel) gang hit jail treatment

    09/02/2006 6:10:00 AM PDT · by radar101 · 6 replies · 645+ views
    San Diego UNION ^ | 2 SEPT 2006 | Onell Soto
    Since their arrival in San Diego aboard a Coast Guard cutter two weeks ago, the accused head of the Arellano Félix drug cartel and six other men have been held in small cells on the fifth floor of a downtown jail. They can't use the phone, they can't exercise and they've only been allowed out of their cells for lawyer visits, court and a 15-minute shower once every three days, their lawyers said. “They're being treated more harshly than some of the worst convicted criminals we've had in this country,” said David Bartick, lawyer for Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, accused...
  • Collaborator of Mexico Drug Lord Sentenced (44 years)

    05/11/2006 9:27:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 163+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/06 | AP
    MEXICO CITY - An alleged cohort of imprisoned drug lord Osiel Cardenas was sentenced Thursday to 44 years in prison on drug-related charges, authorities said. Adan Javier Medrano was convicted of smuggling drug money from the United States into Mexico and distributing cocaine north of the border, the federal Attorney General's Office said in a news release. Medrano served as a gunman for Cardenas' Gulf Cartel, which moved tons of cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., and was in charge of drug-related activites in Chiapas state and Guatemala, the release said. Investigators believe Cardenas has continued to run much of...
  • Mexican authorities capture drug lord sought in U.S. (one of World's most-wanted Top 40 fugitives)

    02/03/2006 12:14:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 643+ views
    Mexican authorities on Friday announced the capture of a top Mexican drug smuggler wanted in the United States for cocaine trafficking and money laundering and who was included among the 40 most-wanted fugitives in the world. Oscar Arriola Marquez, leader of the Arriola Marquez cartel, was arrested on Thursday in the northern state of Coahuila, one of three states where the organization is based, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said. “He is one of the drug traffickers most sought after in the United States” and among the 40 most-wanted fugitives in the world, Cabeza de Vaca said. Mexican authorities...

    05/27/2005 5:42:16 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies · 3,229+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 May 2005 | WILL WEISSERT
    MEXICO CITY — Reputed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has launched a bloody offensive to control drug smuggling along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said today. Mexico's top law enforcement official said Guzman was behind a wave of violence that has killed hundreds of suspected smugglers, hit men, police, soldiers and civilians along the 2,000-mile border. "Definitely, he is the most active man in his group. He is trying to fight for the border corridors, trying to control places like Culiacan just like the rest of the communities of Sinaloa (state), and the border...
  • Tehran's Terror Master

    05/26/2005 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Mr.Clark · 37 replies · 2,275+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 5/26/2005 | Patrick Devenny
    Early on the morning of March 16th, 1984, William Buckley left for work at the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Officially, Mr. Buckley, a decorated veteran of the Special Forces, served as the political officer at the embassy. In reality, however, Mr. Buckley was the embassy’s CIA station chief. On his way to the compound, Buckley’s car was stopped by a group of masked men, who forced him from his car at gunpoint. His assailants would later be identified as terrorists from the group Islamic Jihad, which served as an alias for the real perpetrators, Hezbollah. The circumstances surrounding the...
  • Cali cartel leader, brother reportedly offer deal to feds

    01/10/2005 10:16:59 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 315+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Jan. 10, 2005 | Elaine de la Valle and Jay Weaver
    A Cali cartel leader in detention in Miami and his brother -- who is awaiting extradition to the United States -- are offering federal prosecutors a deal: Leave our relatives alone and we'll plead guilty. In exchange they are also offering new information they claim to have about unsolved murders in Colombia and corrupt judges, lawyers and government officials. The offer was published Sunday in the Colombian magazine Semana. The article -- online at -- cited a five-page letter sent Dec. 7 to U.S. Attorney Marcos Jiménez in Miami by an attorney for drug lord Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, who...

    11/19/2004 8:28:02 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 9 replies · 481+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 19, 2004 | Susana Hayward
    TIJUANA, Mexico -Long accused of crimes including murder, Tijuana Mayor-elect Jorge Hank Rhon is one of the most closely watched politicians in Mexico as he prepares to assume his new job Dec. 1. Jorge Hank Rhon remembers the political advice his late father gave him. ''He taught me that if you're committed to a party and it calls on you and needs you, you answer,'' Hank said. Now Hank, who became a millionaire by running a dog track in this city of 1.5 million people on the border with the Unites States, is about to answer that call. On Dec....
  • Ex-Mexican police leader slain - Man gunned down in Rio Grande Valley had been accused of corruption

    02/06/2003 3:11:50 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 5 replies · 639+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 6, 2003 | By BRENDA RODRIGUEZ and ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News
    Ex-Mexican police leader slain Man gunned down in Valley had been accused of corruption 02/06/2003 By BRENDA RODRIGUEZ and ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News McALLEN, Texas - A former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement official was fatally shot in the head Wednesday morning outside a lawyer's office in McAllen. Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni, 54, was shot once in the left side of his face shortly before 11 a.m. as he sat in his car outside the office of McAllen lawyer Robert Yzaguirre, McAllen police said. Mr. Gonzalez was once a powerful Mexican federal police commander who fled to this...