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  • Dangerous Times: Obama the Betrayer (Hussein helping Sinaloa cartel with child smuggling?)

    07/05/2014 7:57:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/05/14 | James Lewis
    **SNIP** We can now see these toxic forces converging in the purposeful sabotage of our southern border. The Sinaloa cartel is the biggest drug cartel in Chicago, and it received weapons from our DOJ during the “Fast and Furious” smuggling program. Valerie Jarrett met with “immigration activists” (like La Raza) in the weeks before the assault on our border. Iran’s terrorist arm Hezb'allah has agents colluding with drug mafias and people smuggling all over South America. Breaking down our southern borders serves all three. **SNIP** But it took Obama to betray Egypt’s Mubarak, the single greatest pillar of peace in...
  • Report:Mexican Drug Cartel Hired MS-13 to Kidnap & Torture 2 Minnesota Teens

    05/08/2014 4:47:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | May 8, 2014 | Staff
    One of the roughest Mexican drug cartels has allegedly been hiring a ruthless American gang to kidnap and torture those who cross the cartel inside the United States. The Sinaloa cartel reportedly hired MS-13 gang members to fly from Los Angeles, Calif., to St. Paul, Minn., to find the people who stole 30 pounds of meth and $200,000 from a stash house. Police say three MS-13 gang members kidnapped two teens who they believed stole the meth and cash. Then they tied them up and tortured them, even cutting one victim’s pinky with a scissor. The teens were eventually let...
  • 'El Chapo' and El Banco: What You Haven’t Been Told

    02/28/2014 8:12:32 AM PST · by mgist · 7 replies
    City Watch ^ | 2/28/14 | Jackson
    'El Chapo' and El Banco: What You Haven’t Been Told CRIME POLITICS-US media are celebrating the arrest of alleged Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, whose Sinaloa Cartel is thought to be the most powerful trafficker in the world and "a main combatant in a spasm of violence that has left tens of thousands dead in Mexico" (New York Times, 2/22/14). US Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest a "landmark achievement": "The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption." But...
  • Sinaloa Cartel chief ‘El Chapo’ captured alive, says U.S. official

    02/22/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 14 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2/22/2014 | Alicia A. Caldwell And Katherine Corcoran
    MEXICO CITY—The head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, The Associated Press has learned. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested (Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

    02/22/2014 11:18:16 AM PST · by sean327 · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and KATHERINE CORCORAN
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who was the world's most powerful drug lord was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a condominium in Mazatlan, Mexico, The Associated Press learned Saturday, ending a bloody decades-long career that terrorized swaths of the country.A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken alive overnight by Mexican marines in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • World's Most Notorious Drug-Lord - Billionaire Mexican Cartel Boss "El Chapo" - Captured

    02/22/2014 4:05:29 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2.22.14 | Tyler Durden
    The world’s most notorious and powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, has reportedly been captured in Mexico. The head of the Sinoloa Cartel - nicknamed Chapo or "shorty" - was caught last night, according to the AP, at a hotel resort in Mazatlan in a joint US-Mexico operation. Forbes ranked Guzman 67 out of 72 on their list of the World’s Most Powerful People. With revenues believed to exceed $3bn, his Sinaloa cartel is easily the most powerful in Mexico, responsible for an estimated 25% of all illegal drugs that enter the U.S. via Mexico. While this may...
  • Mexican archaeologists pinpoint origin of Aztatlan

    01/11/2014 7:55:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | January 9, 2014 | EFE
    Archaeological finds in the southern part of the western state of Sinaloa suggest that the culture that developed in that region gave rise to the ceramics at the Aztatlan Complex, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said. More than 200 archaeological sites have been catalogued in the region that enable scientists to understand the dynamic of the human occupation of that region during the pre-Columbian epoch, said INAH in a communique. In contrast to the belief that only nomadic groups lived there, evidence has been found of various settlements dating back to about the year 250 A.D. On...
  • Rahm Emanuel condemns 'brazen' Chicago shooting

    09/20/2013 2:25:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 20, 2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned a Thursday night shooting on Chicago’s South Side that wounded 13 people, including a three-year-old boy. “Senseless and brazen acts of violence have no place in Chicago and betray all that we stand for,” said Obama’s former chief of staff in the first of a series of tweets Friday morning. “The perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Emanuel added. Witnesses said several gunmen fired at least 20 shots at a group on basketball courts, according to NBC News’s Chicago affiliate. The station said...
  • Narco Queen Sentenced To Time Served

    07/27/2013 8:42:35 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/27/13 | Friends of Ours
    The pretty thing won't have to serve another day in a U.S. prison. A federal judge in Miami, FL has sentenced Sandra Avila Beltran to time served after pleading guilty to her role in the Sinaloa cartel which once was headed by boyfriend Juan Diego Espinosa Ramire, and the Queen of the Pacific soon will return to her native Mexico where she's known to indulge in a lavish lifestyle and cosmetic surgery as reported by Hannah Strange for The Telegraph: "the judge sentenced her to 70 months in prison but ruled that the penalty had been fulfilled by her five...
  • Mexican Prosecutor: Narco Scion Is Suspected Of Whacking Classmates Over Teasing

    07/07/2013 8:00:39 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/07/13 | Friends of Ours
    Apparently he was a sensitive boy. Mexican authorities say the teenage son of imprisoned Sinaloa boss Jose Carrasco Coronel is a suspect in the murder of two 15-year-old classmates after getting teased by the pair as reported by The Associated Press.
  • Fast and Furious gun found at Mexican crime scene (Beauty Queen Maria Gamez)

    12/18/2012 11:50:49 AM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    cbs ^ | December 18, 2012, 12:38 PM | Sharyl Attkinsson
    Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency's controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed. According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that...
  • Stratfor Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels

    10/07/2012 9:43:20 AM PDT · by robowombat · 44 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012 13:00 | Alex Newman
    Friday, 05 October 2012 13:00 Stratfor Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels Written by Alex Newman Federal authorities in the United States have been quietly supporting certain Mexican criminal empires, especially the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a bid to solidify the syndicates’ reign as dominant powerbrokers in particular territories, according to leaked e-mails from a U.S.-based Mexican diplomat to the private intelligence firm Stratfor. If cartel chiefs cooperate with authorities, “governments will allow controlled drug trades,” the diplomatic source wrote. Other information unearthed so far in the leak, much of it coming from a variety of sources,...
  • DEA Boss: Mexican Drug Cartels Deeply Embedded in Chicago, We Operate Like We‘re ’On the Border’

    09/27/2012 7:29:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    The city may be nearly 2,000 miles from Mexico, but the country’s drug cartels are so deeply embedded in Chicago that local and federal law enforcement are forced to operate as if they are “on the border,” according to Jack Riley, special agent in charge for the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Because of Chicago’s location in the heart of the United States, its large Mexican population and its abundance of street gang activity, drug cartels have designated the city as one of its main hubs of operation in America, Riley told TheBlaze in an exclusive...
  • 7 Dead, 24 Wounded in Weekend Chicago Shootings

    08/26/2012 4:45:00 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 52 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 26 Aug 2012
    The victims of another bloody weekend in the city were between 15 and 44 years old The city saw another bloody weekend as seven people — including a teenager — were killed and 24 others were wounded in separate shootings since Friday evening. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Saturday defended the department’s anti-violence strategy, which he believes is taking root. "We're not winning, we're not losing. We’re basically treading water," McCarthy said. He said that in the month of August, "we had some trouble because some of these retaliatory shootings are happening quicker than we can stop them." The...
  • 19 people shot Thursday afternoon, Friday morning (Chicago values)

    08/24/2012 5:43:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 24 aug 2012 | Peter Nickeas
    Nineteen people were shot in attacks across the South and West sides between about 5:20 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday - including 13 people during a single 30-minute period - according to the Chicago Police Department. The shootings peaked between about 9:15 and 9:45 p.m. Thursday when 13 people were shot, including eight in a single incident at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Police are still trying to sort out that shooting, the second of three incidents that left multiple people wounded since 8 p.m.
  • The Deadliest Global City

    07/30/2012 12:35:23 PM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | July 30, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    Chicago likes to compare itself to other world cities, so Ward Room thought it would find out how we rank in violence. It turns out no one can top us. Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate --higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo. Here’s how we rank in murders per 100,000 among cities we consider our peers, based on a projected murder total of 505 for this year....New York 6.0 Los Angeles 7.5 Mexico City 8.0 Moscow 9.6 Sao Paolo 15.6 Chicago 19.4
  • What’s Bam hiding?

    06/22/2012 6:36:12 AM PDT · by opentalk · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 21, 2012
    Executive privilege, conceptually speaking, is a lot like the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution: Assert it, and folks assume that there’s a coverup under way....In recent weeks, Justice officials have “retracted” earlier sworn statements —including one this week that the operation began under the Bush administration. All in all, it stinks on ice.
  • Mexico’s two major crime cartels now at war

    05/24/2012 3:48:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/24/2012 | William Booth
    The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view — the victims most likely innocents. No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel is now fighting the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the...
  • Final Implementation of Obama Dictatorship in Progress on all levels

    01/08/2012 10:45:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CFO ^ | 1/8/12 | Sher Zieve
    I have warned and written about this particular subject for over three years—since before Obama was elected—aka “coronated.“ It is only now that many others finally seem to be getting the message. However, this is not something to be criticized. It is to be applauded, as it means they are finally and inexorably awakening to the truth. They are to be applauded and not insulted. I noticed this morning that—after a few of the latest Obama assaults on the US Constitution and liberties of We-the-People—some in the media
  • How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

    On 10 April 2006, a DC-9 jet landed in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico, as the sun was setting. Mexican soldiers, waiting to intercept it, found 128 cases packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100m. But something else – more important and far-reaching – was discovered in the paper trail behind the purchase of the plane by the Sinaloa narco-trafficking cartel. During a 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others, it emerged that the cocaine smugglers had bought the plane with money...
  • Happy New Year: Mexican Drug Cartels Resolve To Increase Meth Supply For U.S. Drug Addicts

    01/01/2012 5:51:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 25 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/01/12 | Friends of Ours
    Degenerate meth heads in the United States have good reason to celebrate the new year. 2012 promises to be a banner year in meth supply as the powerful Sinalo cartel headed by Forbes-listed billinoaire Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is ramping up production in Guatemala as reported by The Associated Press: "Guzman is taking advantage of Guatemala's remote, isolated mountains and an alliance with a key Guatemalan trafficker to make the Central American nation a new international meth production base." China is a principal supplier to the Sinaloa cartel of the precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, and within the last...
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant...

    12/29/2011 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 171 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    ‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court PapersA Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from "Operation Fast and Furious" under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs.The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to "continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs" into the United...
  • Report: Hizbullah Laundered Drug Money in US Banks

    12/29/2011 7:47:39 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/11 | Chana Yaar
    The Hizbullah terrorist organization is in hot water over a scheme to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in multi-national drug trafficking revenues. According to a report published by the World News Tribune, the Lebanon-based terrorist organization is using American banks and other financial institutions to process money earned from trafficking in South America. The complaint filed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice, charges Hizbullah with using the money to buy used cars in the U.S. for transport to West Africa, where they are then sold, mostly in Benin. U.S. Attorney Preet Bhara noted, "It...
  • Hizballah Fundraising and Operations in the US and Latin America

    12/28/2011 4:03:06 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 12-27-11 | IPT News
    A series of recent law enforcement actions indicates the depth of Iranian-tied criminal activity in Mexico may be greater than previously known. In October, a Texas-car salesman was arrested in connection with an Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. Prosecutors say officials in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps believed they were dealing with a "large and sophisticated" Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit. A $100,000 down payment on the hit shows the Iranians were comfortable dealing with the cartel representative, who in fact was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant. Earlier this month, prosecutors in Virginia...
  • Mexican Army Says It Has Arrested Head of Security for Drug Cartel Chief 'El Chapo'

    12/26/2011 10:11:53 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/26/11 | AP
    MEXICO CITY – The Mexican army says it has dealt a significant blow to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel with the arrest of the cartel leader's security chief. The army says special military forces seized computer files and other data when they detained Felipe Cabrera Sarabia. But Chief Army spokesman Gen. Ricardo Trevillo offered few details about the hunt for cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Trevillo told a news conference Monday that Cabrera was captured without a shot being fired Friday in the capital of Sinaloa state, headquarters of the cartel allegedly run by
  • Ariz. authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug cell

    12/20/2011 12:36:38 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 20, 2011 1:01 PM
    Arizona authorities have arrested some 200 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 pounds of drugs following an investigation they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday. Authorities announcing the 15-month-long investigation said that although the Sinaloa cartel almost immediately regenerates after one of its cells have been taken down, their investigation certainly struck a blow. "Arresting a drug dealer is one thing but if we can actually follow that backwards and take out the head of the snake of this organization, we...
  • Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Violated US Laws Beyond Those Being Investigated

    12/05/2011 6:52:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | December 5, 2011 | James K. Stinebower
    As we continue to watch the general uproar over the Operation Fast and Furious program, and specifically what Attorney General Holder knew and when he knew it, it needs to be noted that perjury is not the only apparent violation of law to have occurred. I refer to the apparent violation of at least one (probably two) major U.S. laws by the Holder Justice Department. A few years ago, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, the follow-on to the Trading with the Enemy Act) was expanded in order to criminalize any transactions between U.S. entities — to...
  • Latest drug tunnel, pot seizures may reflect rise of Sinaloa cartel

    12/01/2011 2:08:41 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | Richard Marosi
    Elaborate tunnel and discovery of more than 32 tons of marijuana are the latest in recent record busts as a new group boosts production after the decline of the Arellano Felix cartel. Reporting from San Diego— Smugglers stacked the bundles of dope on a freight elevator that descended to an underground staging area, where electric carts whisked the marijuana down a tunnel into California. The passageway linked a warehouse in Tijuana with another nondescript building in San Diego, and just like several other drug tunnels, its discovery this week yielded another jackpot seizure.
  • Online Hackers Threaten to Expose Cartel's Secrets

    10/29/2011 1:03:13 PM PDT · by wildbill · 44 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/28/2011 | Dane Shiller
    An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal the syndicates' businesses. The vow is a bizarre cyber twist to Mexico's ongoing drug war, as a group that has no guns is squaring off against the Zetas, a cartel blamed for thousands of deaths as well as introducing beheadings and other frightening brutality. "You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release...
  • U. S. Government May Be Primary Suppliers of Mexican Drug Cartel Guns

    11/22/2011 9:56:00 AM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Big Government ^ | November 21, 2011 | Tom Stilson
    With Operation Fast and Furious headlining the news, there is no doubt civilian arms have been trafficked into Mexico. However, many of the arms used by Mexican cartels are NOT supplied by civilian gun outlets in the United States. Based upon the statistics I have compiled, our State and Defense Departments may be the premier suppliers of weaponry to Mexican drug cartels — not the US civilian.From 2003-2009, over 150,000 Mexican soldiers deserted from their ranks. Drug cartels became so confident in their recruitment of military personnel that they posted help wanted ads for hit men, traffickers, and guards. When...
  • Feds: Mexican Cartel Plotted Attack on U.S. to 'Send the Gringos a Message'

    11/13/2011 2:49:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | November 11, 2011 | KAREN HAWKINS
    Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The leaders of a powerful Mexican cartel, frustrated that U.S. law enforcement was interfering with their lucrative drug business, plotted a military-style attack on a U.S. or Mexican government building to "send the gringos a message," federal prosecutors allege in documents filed this week. Leaders of the Sinaloa cartel sought dozens of American-made weapons for an attack in Mexico City on possible targets that included government buildings, an embassy or consulate or media outlet, according to documents in the case against Vicente Zambada, an alleged top lieutenant in the cartel. Zambada is in jail in...
  • Obama and the Sinaloa Cartel

    10/22/2011 2:35:55 PM PDT · by helpfulresearcher · 37 replies · 1+ views
    To the Point News (with permission) ^ | 21 October 2011 | Dagny D' Anconia
    The evidence is mounting that the Fast and Furious gun giveaway was orchestrated and/or initiated from the top of the Obama administration. Forbes Magazine is calling it “Obama’s Watergate.” Are we to believe that they gave away enough guns to equip a small army of narcoterrorists out of a simple error? We would have to be pretty gullible to believe that. We have to ask just what they intended to achieve by doing this. It was a truly extravagant gift to the Sinaloa Federation Cartel. It was not just expensive in tax dollars; it was expensive in political capital, and...
  • DPS (Texas) Warns Parents that Cartels Recruiting High School Students

    10/15/2011 12:15:04 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    KRGV-TVCHANNEL 5 NEWS (TX) ^ | October 14, 2011 | KRGV
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning parents about drug cartels recruiting Texas high school students. DPS officials say they caught a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen pickup truck containing more than 800 pounds of marijuana last week. Last month, two Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, ransomed and released in a remote area along the Rio Grande River. In one Texas border county, more than 25 juveniles were arrested for drug trafficking within the past year. “Mexican cartels have corrupted nearly an entire generation of youth living in Northern Mexico and...
  • U.S. Admits Mexican (Drug) Cartels Control Parts Of Border

    10/01/2011 2:40:57 PM PDT · by opentalk · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 29, 2011 | Judicial Watch
    Janet Napolitano spent much of the spring sounding like a broken record ensuring that the U.S.-Mexico border is safe when the reality is that stretches are controlled by drug-trafficking organizations. A new federal report exposing the ugly truth about the southern border has left President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary with egg on her face. Published by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, the document contradicts much of what Napolitano has preached in the last few months during highly publicized jaunts to the crime-infested region. Remember this? The Mexican border “is as secure as it has ever been.” Or what...
  • Wife of Mexican Drug Lord Gives Birth in California, Then Returns to Mexico

    09/28/2011 9:51:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 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...
  • Holder’s hell week - More Fast & Furious fallout

    09/22/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 21, 2011 | Michael A. Walsh
    The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious. Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels. The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90...
  • Obama's DOJ Let Cartel Bombmaker Walk

    09/06/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | September 6, 2011 | Bob Owens
    Jean Baptiste Kingery seems to be yet another thug that took advantage of the Obama Administration's criminal stimulus package for the southwest, building grenades and IEDs for the Sinaloa cartel. So what did the Department of Justice do when they caught him. They released him free as a bird within hours.Federal authorities are probing why the U.S. in 2010 let go an Arizona man accused of supplying grenades to a Mexican drug cartel, a case that played a role in the ouster last week of the nation's top firearms regulator and the U.S. attorney in Phoenix. U.S. officials said missteps...
  • Key members of Mexican cartel arrested in Utah (Sinaloa Cartel Utah-based crime ring 'decimated')

    08/31/2011 8:34:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/30/11 | AP
    Officials with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration say they took down several bosses from the Sinaloa Cartel in a move they say "decimated" a Utah-based cell of the Mexican crime ring. At least seven arrests came Tuesday .. part of an 18-month investigation that has yielded more than 30 arrests in Utah, California and Nevada. Authorities have also seized more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, 200 pounds of marijuana, a kilogram of heroin and a kilogram of cocaine, as well as more than $322,000 and guns.
  • 5 decapitated bodies found in popular Acapulco spots; 9 bodies found in other Mexican state

    08/20/2011 5:07:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    AP ^ | August 20, 2011 | SERGIO FLORES
    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Two decapitated bodies and scalped heads were dumped outside a Sam's Club store in Acapulco while three headless corpses were found nearby on the resort city's main tourist strip, authorities in Mexico said Saturday. The bodies discovered outside the Sam's Club were cut into more than 20 pieces, Guerrero state's Public Security Department said in a statement.
  • America's Third War: The U.S. Cut a Deal With the Sinaloa Cartel

    08/07/2011 2:12:34 AM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 05, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court. Click here to view the Sinaloa Cartel case document.
  • Cold snap hits Mexico maize crop

    02/11/2011 9:02:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/11/11 | BBC News
    A spell of unusually cold weather in northern Mexico has severely damaged the maize crop in the state of Sinaloa. Officials estimate the losses could amount to four million tonnes of corn - 16% of Mexico's annual harvest. President Felipe Calderon said everything possible must be done to re-sow the fields over the next two weeks. There are fears the losses could force up the price of the corn tortillas that most Mexicans eat with every meal. Officials say up to 600,000 hectares (1.5m acres) of maize have been lost to frost in Sinaloa, which is home to some of...
  • Mexico's Sinaloa gang grows empire, defies crackdown

    01/20/2011 1:58:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2011 | Anahi Rama, Reuters
    Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, 53, is arguably the world's most infamous drug trafficker, and has extended his empire from Colombia to China since he broke out of prison in a laundry van on January 19, 2001....... PACT WITH THE DEVIL? Amid the mayhem of severed heads and blood-stained streets, Guzman and his right-hand man Ismael Zambada have adeptly taken territory from gangs weakened by army operations while bringing in raw materials from China to make meth, using Africa as a route for cocaine into Europe, and growing their business in Colombia and across Central America. "In the past five years, the...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • U.S. and Mexico Collaboration Leads to Arrest of Cartel Leader

    09/29/2010 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 27, 2010 | n/a
    September 27, 2010 US and Mexico collaboration leads to arrest of cartel leader MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led Mexico City Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST), consisting of Mexico's Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), along with Mexico's Office of the Attorney General (PGR) Specialized Investigative Unit for Organized Crime (SIEDO), executed an enforcement operation in Jalisco, Mexico, on Saturday which resulted in the arrest of cartel members associated with the leadership of the Sinaloa Federation's methamphetamine production operation. This organization is responsible for smuggling narcotics from Mexico to the United States and bulk currency from the...
  • 25 slain in Mexican city; deadliest day in 2 years

    09/10/2010 4:54:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | OLIVIA TORRES
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen killed 25 people in a series of drug-gang attacks in Ciudad Juarez, marking the deadliest day in more than two years for the Mexican border city, authorities said Friday. Thursday's toll included 15 people killed when attackers stormed four homes in three hours, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office of Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located. In the worst of those attacks, gunmen burst into a house and killed two young men — then killed four others for being witnesses. Sandoval said it was the highest single-day murder toll in...
  • Armed Mexican Drug Cartels Control Parts Of Arizona

    06/24/2010 5:39:51 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies · 1+ views
    A Mexican drug cartel has issued an ominous death threat against police officers in Nogales, AZ who seize their illicit product as reported by Sean Alfano for the Daily News: Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham said his officers received threats a couple weeks ago after off-duty police busted a pot smuggling ring. * * * Just which cartel made the threat remains unclear. Violent warnings toward American police are not new, but the Nogales incident marked the first time U.S. officials confirmed a threat. The Sinaloa cartel controls the smuggling routes along the Arizona-Sonora border, and in early 2009 its boss...
  • Cancun police find 12 decomposing inside caverns

    06/18/2010 10:29:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies · 517+ views
    AP ^ | 6/19/10 | Gabe Alocer
    CANCUN, Mexico — Police in Cancun found 12 decomposing bodies in four caverns and were searching for more cadavers in violence blamed on drug gangs in the popular resort city, officials said Friday. Earlier this month, police discovered six other bodies, three of them cut open and their hearts removed, in a similar cavern near the Mexican resort. Three of the bodies had the letter "Z" carved on their abdomens — a possible reference to the Zeta drug gang.
  • Cartel boss may resort to force north of border

    05/06/2009 11:47:24 AM PDT · by An Old Man · 24 replies · 1,686+ views
    The Spoksman Review ^ | Josh Meyer | Josh Meyer
    SELLS, Ariz. – The reputed head of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is threatening a more aggressive stance against U.S. law enforcement, instructing associates to use deadly force, if needed, to protect increasingly contested trafficking operations, authorities said. Such a move by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted man, would mark a turn from the cartel’s previous position of largely avoiding violent confrontations north of the border – either with American law enforcement officers or fellow traffickers. Local police and federal agents in Arizona said they recently have received at least two law enforcement alerts focused on Guzman’s reported orders that...
  • Clash of the cartels: a guide

    04/01/2009 6:27:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 2,173+ views
    globalpost.com ^ | March 28, 2009 | Ioan Grillo
    MEXICO CITY — As Mexico suffers from an onslaught of massacres, decapitations and execution-style hits, six major drug cartels have carved up the country into fiefdoms. Like the armies of authentic warlords, the cartels attempt to completely dominate their territories, controlling trafficking routes, local drug sales and other criminal enterprises. Clashing over disputed turf, the cartels all have carried out murders on an epic scale. Sinaloa Cartel City base: Culiacan (northwestern Mexico) Kingpins: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Juan Jose Esparragoza (El Azul) States in sphere of influence: Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Morelos, Chihuahua, Baja California, Mexico City,...
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: Afghanistan South (Mexico)

    03/06/2009 6:27:54 AM PST · by kellynla · 57 replies · 1,835+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/06/2009 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Heeding the advice of Gen. David Petraeus, Barack Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and will keep 50,000 in Iraq after U.S. combat operations end in August 2010. But are U.S. vital interests more threatened by what happens in Anbar or Helmand than in the war raging along our southern border? Prediction: After all U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea have come home, there will be a U.S. army on the Mexican border. For this is where the fate of our republic will be decided, as the fate of Europe will be decided by the millions streaming...