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    01/30/2015 12:18:29 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 25 replies ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sylvia Longmire
    Mexico’s drug war was completely rocked in February 2014 after news broke of the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the notorious long-time head of the Sinaloa cartel and arguably the most wanted man in the Western Hemisphere. But despite the U.S. government’s deep desire to prosecute and incarcerate Guzmán in the United States, Mexico’s attorney general announced the kingpin would not be extradited. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told the Associated Press, “I could accept extradition, but at the time that I choose. ‘El Chapo’ must stay here to complete his sentence, and then I will extradite him.”...
  • “El Chapo’s” Arrest Packaged for Media Consumption

    08/12/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    Narco News ^ | 3/1/2014 | Bill Conroy
    Narco-Villain “El Chapo’s” Arrest Packaged for Media Consumption Posted by Bill Conroy - March 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm Former DEA Supervisor Contends Guzman’s Capture Was An “Arranged” Event The recent capture of the notorious Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, longtime leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa narco-trafficking organization, was not what it appeared to be, according to a former DEA supervisory agent who still has a deep network of contacts in Mexico. Guzman’s takedown, despite the media script portraying it as a daring predawn raid, was, in fact, an “arranged thing,” claims the retired DEA agent, Hector Berrellez, who led the...
  • Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested (Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

    02/22/2014 11:18:16 AM PST · by sean327 · 9 replies
    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.
  • Border agent shot to death near Naco, partner wounded

    10/02/2012 7:26:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | October 2, 2012
    A truck drives on the Mexican-side of the border fence between Naco and the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation area in this 2007 file photo. Two agents assigned to the Border Patrol's Naco station were shot Tuesday morning. One agent died. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded early today in a shooting near the U.S.-Mexico border. The agents were on duty near Bisbee when the shooting occurred about 2 a.m., according to various wire reports. The wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital. He was reportedly shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Associated Press reported....
  • 2 US Border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona (at Brian Terry Station)

    10/02/2012 5:42:19 AM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    <p>The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about eight miles from the border.</p>
  • Texas Reporter Reportedly Missing in Nuevo Laredo

    06/25/2012 9:07:37 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KGNS ^ | Jun 23, 2012
    He's been missing for a month but just now reports are beginning to surface of another victim to the violence in our sister city. This time it's a Texas photojournalist gone missing in Nuevo Laredo. It's our top story. The news is all over south Texas newspapers, websites and social networks. With this picture of 30 year old Zane Plemmons. He is said to be a Texas based freelance photographer whose whereabouts have unknown for a month. According to unconfirmed reports he was staying at a hotel in Nuevo Laredo before covering a shooting and never returned. Reports say the...
  • 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 Zetas cartel denies role in killing of 49

    05/16/2012 7:04:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 16, 2012 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY — Banners have appeared in northern Mexico signed by the Zetas drug cartel saying the gang was not responsible for killing 49 people whose mutilated bodies were found on a highway in a neighboring state. An employee of the prosecutors' office in northern San Luis Potosi state says the banners were hung from overpasses in the city of Ciudad Valles. The banners were found early Tuesday. The employee was not authorized to speak on the record, and did not give the precise wording of the banners.
  • Cartel Hit Man Arrested on Canadian Border (Ohio)

    04/26/2012 10:08:44 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 25, 2012
    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents arrested a cartel hit man along the U.S.-Canadian border. The Border Patrol kept the story quiet until Edgar Campos Barraza, who's also known as "El Cholo," was in Mexican custody. The Mexican government wanted Barraza on kidnapping, conspiracy and murder charges. Barraza was arrested in January. He admitted to Border Patrol agents in Ohio that he worked for the Sinaloa drug cartel. We're told Barraza was living in Sandusky, Ohio. The city is between Toledo and Cleveland, two high-intensity drug trafficking areas. It's also connected to I-80 and several other major highways. According to a...
  • Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal

    02/07/2012 7:05:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
    Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed enforcer for the country's most powerful drug cartel -- a man also alleged to have amassed weapons from the U.S. government's failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation (link, in Spanish, includes video). Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, 33, is also wanted by U.S. officials on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso. Mexican and U.S. authorities say he served as a top lieutenant to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and was in charge of operations in the border state of...
  • Fast and Furious: Mystery of the White Guns

    01/13/2012 11:57:10 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 12 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 13, 2012 | John Hayward
    The House Oversight committee is looking into yet another Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms operation in which, as a source told the L.A. Times, “apparently guns got away again.” Hopefully the Bureau doesn’t lose track of alcohol and tobacco as often as they let firearms “get away” from them, or we’ll be looking at the kind of public health crisis the White House actually cares about. The operation currently on the desks of “gun walking” investigators Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) was called Operation White Gun. Despite the odd code name, it had nothing to...
  • ‘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 ^ | 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...
  • Mexico, Bewildered and Contested

    11/30/2011 10:31:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Nacla ^ | November 29, 2011 | Fred Rosen
    The Mexican president in the Dock? Well, not yet, but charges of “crimes against humanity” were filed last Friday in the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands against President Felipe Calderón, the Secretaries of Mexico’s Army, Navy, and Public Safety, and notorious drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The International Criminal Court ( charges were filed by human rights lawyer Netzaí Sandoval, supported by 23,000 citizen signatures, and allege, among other things, that the Mexican state bears direct responsibility for crimes committed by federal agents in the context of the war against organized crime. The charges detail 470 cases of...
  • Fast and Furious weapons found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

    10/08/2011 8:42:23 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2011 | Richard A. Serrano
    High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars. In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad...
  • 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...
  • California Iraqi-Mexican crime ring busted, police say

    08/18/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Whats the Matter with Kansas? · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18,2011 | Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in southern California have arrested 60 people and broken up an Iraqi criminal ring accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs out of an immigrant social club, authorities said on Thursday. The swoop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police targeted a network operating out of El Cajon, which is near San Diego and close to the border with Mexico.
  • Possible development in Operation Gunwalker

    08/07/2011 5:08:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Of Arms & the Law ^ | 6 August 2011 | David Hardy
    The operation may have a link to a DEA operation that essentially recruited the Sinaloa Cartel as an ally against the other cartels, as part of which DEA turned a blind eye to its drug shipment. I say may have because the court pleading on which the story is based gives details about other cooperation with the cartel, but guesses as to whether the gunrunning was part of this. On the other hand, the Sinaloa Cartel does seem to have wound up with an enormous share of the walked guns. Sister Toldja has more.
  • What? Gov’t Let Cartel Smuggle Drugs in Exchange for Intel?

    08/06/2011 12:06:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 6, 2011 | Bob Owens
    Remember when things like this were just the realm of conspiracy theorists? A Sinaloa drug cartel member is claiming that the federal government allowed the cartel to smuggle cocaine into the United States in exchange for intelligence information about rival cartels.Attorneys for Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla claim that in addition to being the drug-trafficking son of a Sinaloa cartel kingpin, Zambada was a Drug Enforcement Administration informant who was assured he could continue smuggling drugs in exchange for information by his DEA handlers. Zambada’s defense team is claiming that because he was an informant and promised immunity, charges against their client...
  • 13 bodies found in house in northern Mexican state

    04/16/2011 2:20:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    AP ^ | April16, 2011
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Ten complete bodies, three headless bodies and four severed heads were found when authorities dug up a pit in a house in the Mexican state of Durango, authorities said Friday. Authorities are determining whether some of the heads belonged to the bodies. The badly decayed corpses — which have not yet been identified — were taken to a morgue for autopsies, the Durango state prosecutor's office said in a statement. Durango has been the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas gang. The grisly discovery comes as mass graves with...
  • 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...
  • U.S. and Mexico Collaboration Leads to Arrest of Cartel Leader

    09/29/2010 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies - 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...
  • Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden Speaks at Project Gunrunner Press Conference

    10/03/2009 8:39:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 461+ views
    US - Speech ^ | October 1, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home » Briefing Room » Justice News Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden Speaks at Project Gunrunner Press Conference HOUSTON ~ Thursday, October 1, 2009 Good morning. I am happy to be here today with ATF Acting Director Melson and our partners in state and local law enforcement to highlight the real successes of Project Gunrunner and announce our plans to build upon those accomplishments. This administration and this Justice Department have made protecting the integrity of our Southwest Border a top priority. That means stemming the tide of illegal drugs and illegal...
  • US Border czar warns cartels against targeting US forces

    06/09/2009 1:04:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies · 1,778+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 9, 2009 | Andrew Beatty
    US border czar Alan Bersin warned Mexico's brutal drug cartels Tuesday that threats to target law enforcement officials on both sides of the border would be met by a "significant response." Bersin said a recent call by one cartel kingpin to ramp up violence against US and Mexican law enforcement agents was potentially of "grave significance" and was being "taken seriously" by the administration. "Should law enforcement, border patrol agents, customs officers or local and state law enforcement officers be targeted that would be considered a major departure from existing practice of the cartels, and a threat that called for...
  • Mexico blasts Forbes for putting drug lord on list

    03/12/2009 9:11:00 PM PDT · by Califreak · 25 replies · 1,476+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/12/09 | unnamed
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico is decrying Forbes Magazine's decision to include the reputed leader of one of the country's most violent drug cartels on its list of billionaires. Forbes ranks Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, with an estimated $1 billion fortune, at No. 701 — between a Swiss oil-trading tycoon and an American chemical heir. Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, is believed to head the Sinaloa cartel. President Felipe Calderon said Thursday that "magazines are not only attacking and lying about the situation in Mexico but are also praising criminals." Mexico's Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said Forbes is defending crime by...
  • Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in ...

    02/25/2009 4:45:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,715+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | February 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in Nationwide Takedown of Mexican Drug Traffickers “Operation Xcellerator” Takes 23 Tons of Narcotics Off America’s Streets and Seizes More Than $59 Million in Drug Money WASHINGTON – Today Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., announced the arrest of more than 750 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 23 tons of narcotics as part of a 21-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as "Operation Xcellerator." The Attorney General was joined in announcing the current results of Operation Xcellerator by...
  • In Mexico's Drug War, Bad Cops Are a Mounting Problem

    11/22/2008 9:36:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,089+ views
    Time ^ | 11/22/08 | Tim Padgett with Dolly Mascarenas
    Few rituals are more futile than the "housecleaning" of Mexico's police forces. So deep, broad and brazen is cop corruption south of the border that removing it makes eradicating rats from landfills look easy. Mexico stages quasi-annual purges of officers high and low — last year it was 284 federal police commanders — and yet every year it seems to find itself with an even more criminal constabulary. This year's scandals, however, are especially appalling. Over the summer, President Felipe Calderon's anti-drug czar, Noe Ramirez, resigned abruptly. This week, the likely reason became apparent after Ramirez was detained and accused...
  • Mexican Border City Drug Dead Hits 800

    08/18/2008 6:36:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | August 18, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    A massacre at a drug rehab center last week helped push the number of homicides in the Mexican border city of Juarez to more than 800 this year as rival drug gangs battle for turf. On Wednesday a commando-style group fired a barrage of more than 60 rounds during a religious service at the drug rehab center, killing eight and wounding five. Five other people were killed elsewhere in the city on that day. More than 100 people have been killed so far in August in the war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels, which broke out in January,...
  • Shootout rocks a ritzy part of Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    09/26/2006 4:44:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 1,529+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 09/23/2006 | Mariano Castillo
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A wild, 30-minute shootout reportedly involving bazookas and a grenade invaded the streets of an upscale neighborhood here, though details were few. Mexican and U.S. sources familiar with the incident Friday night said three people were killed and four injured, but neither local nor federal officials would give an official version of events. No newspaper in Nuevo Laredo printed an article about the incident, which according to sources involved a bazooka, a grenade and assault rifles. News of it was published only in the newspaper El Norte of Monterrey and the Web site El Norte...
  • 'El Chapo' is Mexico's most wanted man

    06/19/2005 11:38:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 71,559+ views
    BADIRAGUATO, Mexico — Gunmen battling to control the drug trade in Nuevo Laredo and other border cities get their orders from a short, middle-aged man hundreds of miles away — a fugitive hiding in his native mountains, where people love and fear him as a ruthless Robin Hood. Notorious cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera has been Mexico's most-wanted man since he escaped from a high-security prison in 2001 and began fighting rival gangs for control of lucrative smuggling routes. Authorities say Guzmán's push to cut down competitors on the South Texas-Mexico border is populating morgues and creating the...