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  • Mexico OKs extradition of drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman to US

    05/20/2016 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 4:27 PM EDT | Mark Stevenson
    Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department ruled Friday that the extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States can go forward. The process can still be appealed, meaning it could be weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent to the U.S., where he is wanted in multiple jurisdictions on charges related to drug trafficking and organized crime. Guzman’s lawyers now have 30 days to appeal the decision, and they have said they will. …
  • Border Patrol Union Chief: Obama’s Policies Are Helping Bankroll Drug Cartels

    05/19/2016 12:24:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/19/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The president of the National Border Patrol Council testified in the Senate Thursday that the Obama administration’s loose immigration policy is the biggest factor driving illegal immigration into the United States, which in turn helps fund Mexican drug cartels. “Most illegal immigrants believe that they will either not be caught, or even if they are caught, they will not be deported back to their home country. Most believe that they will simply be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and will be released,” Brandon Judd said before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. “Candidly, they are not...
  • Alleged Mexican cartel leader is extruded to US [Yes, that's the headline]

    03/07/2016 6:47:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    An accused leader of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been extradited to the United States to face charges in San Diego. Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum made an initial court appearance Monday on conspiracy and money laundering charges. Prosecutors said he was extradited Friday, nearly four years after his arrest by Mexican authorities at a highway checkpoint near Guadalajara.
  • Terrific: Gun ATF Illegally Trafficked Through Operation Fast and Furious Found in El Chapo's Lair

    01/20/2016 10:22:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    It turns out at least one firearm trafficked into Mexico (and lost) through the Obama Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious made its way into the upper echelons of the Sinaloa Cartel. According to a report by Fox News' William La Jeunesse a .50-caliber rifle connected to the program was found inside the lair of notorious drug kingpin El Chapo Guzman. Bolding is mine: After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle,...
  • Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán Reportedly Threatens To Retaliate Against ISIS

    12/10/2015 10:53:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 10, 2015 | Dolia Estevez
    Fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has reportedly threatened to eliminate ISIS if it continues to destroy his drug shipments to unspecified Middle East countries that go through the terrorist group’s so called “caliphate,” a website called cartel.blog reported Thursday. In a harshly-worded encrypted email addressed to ISIS head Abu Bakd Badhdadi, the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel reportedly said: “My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a whore who tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and...
  • DOJ: Mexican Cartel Used Middle Eastern Honor System to Launder U.S. Currency

    10/04/2015 12:56:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Court documents filed in federal court claim that a suspected drug traffickers linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel used a Middle Eastern honor system to launder drug proceeds. Known as a Hawala, members of the conspiracy would be hired by cartel members in Canada and Mexico to move drug proceeds through the honor system that does not leave a paper trail as couriers move the money between countries. “Drug traffickers in Canada would generate drug proceeds from multi-kilogram and multi-pound sales and distribution of drugs provided by Mexican cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel,” court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. A...
  • Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO)

    07/27/2015 9:57:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    guns.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Chris Eger
    Inside El Chapo’s secret Mexican prison escape tunnel (VIDEO) 7/27/15 | by Chris Eger Vice News traveled south of the border and dropped down the most famous underground tunnel in the world– that used by a Mexican drug lord to vacate the premises. The figurehead of the Sinaloa cartel, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, released himself on his own recognizance on July 11, via a tunnel from Mexico’s only maximum-security prison in Mexico. It took him a year to arrange his self-parole and Vice went to Altiplano prison– where they found a different tale than what the local media...
  • Bounty Hunter ‘Dog’ Chapman: El Chapo is ‘out of my league’

    07/25/2015 2:44:38 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Sean Daly
    TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman knows there are some fugitives even he can’t bring to justice. The star of CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt” admits he probably would not be able to capture escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — and doesn’t even plan to try.
  • 7 officials charged with aiding escape of 'El Chapo'

    07/18/2015 8:38:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/18/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Mexican government announced that 7 officials have been charged in aiding and abetting the escape of cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The Mexican AG's office would not name the officials charged, but how surprised would you be if they didn't include any higher-ups? The director of the prison where El Chapo escaped has been fired, but no word if he was involved in the escape plot. Guzman's escape last Saturday from a maximum security prison through a mile-long tunnel built into his cell was a profound embarrassment for President Enrique Peńa Nieto, raising pressure on the government to...
  • Trump Asks FBI To Investigate Death Threat From Twitter Account Of Escaped Mexican Drug Lord

    07/13/2015 2:43:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 99 replies
    CBS SF ^ | 7/13/15 | Jan Mabry
    Trump Asks FBI To Investigate Death Threat From Twitter Account Of Escaped Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling on the FBI to investigate an apparent death threat on the Twitter account said to belong to escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. The unverified account with the Twitter handle @ElChap0Guzman is purportedly run by Guzman’s son. A tweet written in Spanish with obscene language says Trump will swallow his words and includes a homosexual slur referring to anal sex.
  • Escape of 'El Chapo': Frantic Hunt in Mexico Turns Up No Sign of Drug Kingpin

    07/13/2015 2:30:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/13/2015 | by MARK POTTER and ERIN MCCLAM
    Mexican authorities searched frantically on Monday for the notorious drug kingpin known as "El Chapo" — but there was no sign of him more than 24 hours after his astonishing, elaborate escape from a maximum-security prison. In a devastating embarrassment for the Mexican government, the kingpin, Joaquin Guzman, slipped into a shaft through the shower floor of his prison cell and got away in a mile-long, ventilated tunnel outfitted with a motorbike. "This is like capturing Osama bin Laden, having him spend a year in prison, and then walking away from that prison only to re-engage in his terrorist activities,"...
  • Trump: 'Corrupt' Mexican Officials Let Drug Kingpin Escape

    07/13/2015 1:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12 Jul 2015 | Greg Richter
    Donald Trump on Sunday blasted "corrupt Mexican officials" for letting a notorious drug kingpin escape from a maximum security prison. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped the prison by riding a motorcycle through a mile-long tunnel that was connected to the shower area of Guzman's cell. It is his second escape, and prison employees are being questioned. Trump noted that the last time Guzman escaped he was free for 13 years. "He has been selling drugs in the U.S. big-time – a major kingpin," he said in a statement sent to the media. "He is possibly in the U.S. and his...
  • Why would “El Chapo” give a crap one way or the other about Trump?

    07/13/2015 12:52:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The guy has been locked up in Mexico for years. El Chapo is an escaped prisoner. What escaped prisoner on the run is MORE WORRIED about U.S. elections that are more than a year out... much less ever..., than disappearing off the radar? Attracting more attention would be counter to the counter to the escape plan. Furthermore, why would El Chapo announce it on social media which would attract A LOT of attention, and would attract even more people coming after him when he is still on the run? Something is not adding up here? Just saying..
  • Trump Facebook On "El Chapo" Cartel Drug Lord: Trump Would "Kick His Ass!"

    07/13/2015 12:37:51 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Stephen K. Bannon
    News of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Saturday night escape from a Mexican prison prompted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to take to his 2.2 million-person Facebook account with messages aimed at the fecklessness of his presidential rivals’ abilities to handle the world’s most notorious drug lord.
  • El Chapo Threatens Trump!

    07/13/2015 12:27:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 13 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: El Chopo. Or is it El Chapo? El Chapo. So El Chapo gets out of jail, a mile long tunnel, one and a half kilometers, ventilated, built right under the Mexicans in their Mexico City jail, nobody knows how. The Drive-Bys are marveling, folks, over what an engineering feat it is, just like they used to marvel how Bill Clinton lied to them. The Drive-Bys are just stunned and impressed beyond all measure at how El Chapo built his escape tunnel. El Chapo, the biggest drug lord ever. Greetings, my friends, and great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh...
  • Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Ordered Wife to Give Birth to Anchor Babies in California

    07/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/13/2015 | Katie McHugh
    Escaped Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman ordered his young wife, Emma Coronel, herself a U.S. citizen and daughter of another Mexican drug lord, to give birth in California to secure U.S. citizenship for his children. The Daily Mail reports that the feds didn’t thwart the Mexican drug cartel anchor baby scheme: “Federal agents wanted to stop her, but had no formal charges to file so had to let her go free.” Another immigration success story — despite the $5 million bounty placed on El Chapo’s head in Mexico, Coronel gave birth to twin daughters on August 15, 2012....
  • Docs: Gov't had intel on earlier escape plots by drug lord

    07/13/2015 11:10:25 AM PDT · by McGruff · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Jul. 13, 2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Government documents show the Drug Enforcement Administration had intelligence about at least two plots to help Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape from a maximum security prison. Internal DEA documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that drug agents first got information on escape plans in March 2014. That was about a month after Guzman was captured in Mazatlan, Mexico.
  • Donald Trump demands apology from his critics after escape of El Chapo...

    07/13/2015 11:42:39 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2015 | Kieran Corcoran
    Full Title: Donald Trump demands apology from his critics after escape of El Chapo claiming it is proof his attacks on Mexico are justified as he threatens to kick the drug lord's 'ass'...
  • REPORT: Head of Sinaloa Cartel ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Has California Driver’s License (Flashback 2013)

    07/13/2015 10:10:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Hispanically Speaking News ^ | 11/9/2013 | Latino Daily News
    Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman who has a $7.5 Million bounty on his head and runs the Sinaloa cartel reportedly has a U.S. driver’s license issued in California. According to the investigative report, “The Hunt for El Chapo Guzman, Mexico’s Most Elusive Drug Lord,” by the Univision network, Guzman obtained a driver’s license under the alias of Max Aragon in 1988. He obtained the license even though he was a wanted man by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a Mexican national. The driver’s license information is part of a confidential file the DEA keeps on El Chapo. The year-long investigative...
  • Should drug lord Guzman have been extradited to the US?

    07/13/2015 10:14:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/13/2015 | Vanessa Buschschluter
    The escape on Saturday of Joaquin Guzman, one of the world's most wanted drug lords, from a maximum-security jail in Mexico, has reignited the discussion about whether he should have been extradited to the United States. US prosecutors had been expressing their wish to put him on trial in a US court since his arrest in February 2014.
  • El Chapo Warns Trump

    07/13/2015 9:03:20 AM PDT · by Mariner · 220 replies
    Mail Online ^ | July 13th, 2015 | By Alasdair Baverstock and Ollie Gillman
    Mexico's billion dollar drugs lord known as 'El Chapo' has gloated on Twitter about his escape from a maximum security jail by taunting authorities and threatening US-presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Joaquin Guzman, billionaire head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, made his jail break on Saturday morning and is on the run from Altiplano jail, 50 miles outside of Mexico City, security officials said. His audacious escape saw him dash through the mile-long tunnel system, which led to a building under construction next to the prison - from where he collected clothes left for him by his conspirators.
  • Trump: ‘Corrupt’ Mexican officials let ‘El Chapo’ go

    07/12/2015 5:17:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/12/15 | Anna Brand
    <p>Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that the escape of a Mexican drug lord by “corrupt Mexican officials” just raised fears in America. But he was quickly shot down by Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media baron whose blessings could make or break a GOP hopeful.</p>
  • Donald Trump jumps on escape of 'El Chapo' Mexican drug lord as proof of nation's 'corruption'

    07/12/2015 4:37:46 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 12 2015 | Kieran Corcoran
    Donald Trump has weighed in on the audacious prison escape of one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, claiming it as proof of the country's 'corruption'. The presidential candidate, who has made attacking Mexico the central plank of his White House run, claimed that the United States 'is paying the price' for Joaquin Guzman, known as 'El Chapo' fleeing a prison 50 miles west of Mexico City. Posting from Twitter, he wrote: 'Mexico's biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!'
  • New Details Emerge in Prison Escape of Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman; Manhunt Underway

    07/12/2015 7:52:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Mexican authorities have launched a manhunt to find drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, who has broken out of prison again, the country’s National Security Commission said Sunday. Guards at the Altiplano Federal Prison discovered during a routine check on Saturday that Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” was missing, a statement from the commission said. Guzman escaped through a hole in his cell that led to a tunnel nearly a mile long, Mexico National Security spokesman Monte Alejandro Rubido García confirmed Sunday morning at a press conference in Mexico City. The hole led to a tunnel that was lighted and ventilated, the...
  • Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman used tunnel for prison break

    07/12/2015 6:19:13 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/12/2015 | BBC
    Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo or "Shorty" escaped from a maximum security prison through long tunnel, officials say. He used a tunnel more than 1km long to break free from Altiplano jail. Eighteen guards are being questioned.....
  • Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes through tunnel

    07/12/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 7/12/2015 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and KATHERINE CORCORAN
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, according to the country's top security official. The elaborate underground escape route, built allegedly without the detection of authorities, allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country's most secure penitentiaries for the second time. If Guzman is not captured immediately,...
  • '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.
  • 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...
  • Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman, Public Enemy Number One?

    02/15/2013 1:49:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Tarm
    A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 — the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. The Chicago Crime Commission announced the move Thursday, saying it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed...
  • 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...
  • Mexico Gunmen Kill (8) Youths, Take Hostages

    07/14/2008 1:46:33 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 10 replies · 273+ views
    Sighn On San Diego ^ | 07.13.2008 | REUTERS
    MEXICO CITY – Gunmen killed eight youths and a police chief and took dozens of restaurant patrons hostage for hours in two attacks in the drug gang-ridden state of Sinaloa, officials saidSunday. A group of hitmen sprayed four cars with bullets on a busy street in the city of Guamuchil in the early hours of Sunday, killing five young men and three female minors, a police source told Reuters. Advertisement In an earlier attack on Saturday, six other armed men caused pandemonium in the Pacific port city of Mazatlan by taking refuge in a shopping mall to escape security forces...
  • MEXICAN DRUG LORD SEEKS CONTROL OF THE BORDER

    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...
  • MEXICO REFUSES TO EXTRADITE INFAMOUS DRUG LORD ‘EL CHAPO’ TO THE U.S.

    01/30/2015 12:18:29 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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
    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.
  • 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
    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...
  • 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 (denhaag.nl)The 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 · 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...
  • 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.