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El Chapo/Sinaloa Cartel 2014 Updates - Page 1

04/23/2014 -- Trapping El Chapo: Chicago's public enemy number one

"For Latin American drug kingpins, there are few fates as terrible as extradition to the United States. 'They can't bribe their way out, they can't build their own jails, they can't have their girlfriends come in,' says Jack Riley, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago. 'And they're 1,800 miles away from what they know as life.'

El Chapo Guzman had absolute rule over the maximum-security prison in Mexico where he was held for years. He escaped in 2001, after the winds in his case shifted in favor of extradition."

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04/17/2014 -- Upset About A Controversial Narco Deal, Mexico Reaffirms It Will Not Extradite Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán To The U.S.

"After a top Sinaloa Cartel 'narco junior”'secretly pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court and is now cooperating with U.S. authorities, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam reaffirmed that Mexico has 'no intention' of extraditing drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán to the U.S., where he faces multiple criminal charges in several states.

According to the Mexican press, Murillo Karam said he disapproves of U.S. prosecutors 'reaching deals with criminals,' as they secretly did last year with Jesús Vicente 'El Vicentillo' Zambada Niebla. Vicentillo is the 39-year old son of Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada, long considered No. 2 in the Sinaloa Cartel and now believed to be the new King after Guzmán’s arrest in February."

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04/17/2014 -- Analyst: Sinaloa cartel losing power in Juarez

"The Carrillo Fuentes drug-trafficking organization, with its enforcement arm La Línea, is moving to regain the El Paso-Juárez corridor from the Sinaloa cartel, whose power in Juarez is eroding quickly, according to a terrorism and security analyst from the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor.

'We began seeing the weakening of the Sinaloa cartel and the strengthening of the VCF (Vicente Carrillo Fuentes) cartel and La Línea in Juárez because of the help of Los Zetas cartel since the end of last year,' Stratfor's vice president of Tactical Intelligence, Scott Stewart, said.

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04/16/2014 -- Sinaloa cartel associate brought to Chicago to face charges

"Another alleged associate of captured Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been brought to Chicago to face charges as part of what has been described as the biggest drug case ever brought here.

In a flurry of legal maneuvering, Edgar Manuel Valencia Ortega, nicknamed 'the Fox,' was whisked to a police lockup in west suburban Oak Park following his arrest in January in Las Vegas to determine if he would agree to secretly cooperate with the U.S. government in the Sinaloa case."

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04/17/2014 -- Life after 'Chapo': 'El Mayo' heads Sinaloa cartel

"A veteran drug baron has taken over Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel, apparently averting a war of succession after the capture of kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, US security officials told AFP."

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04/14/2014 -- Cartel violence ramps up in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

"In the troubled state of Tamaulipas, authorities are bracing for widening conflict that in recent days has left more than 30 people dead and, in this city bordering Texas, led to a spate of kidnappings and extortion.

Many of the killings have been reported in the coastal city of Tampico, where brazen shootouts began about a week ago. The gunfights are a sign of battles within the Gulf cartel, resulting in part from the capture of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. His Sinaloa cartel had been providing financial backing for the Gulf cartel, which long dominated the state of Tamaulipas, U.S. law enforcement authorities said, speaking on condition of anonymity."

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04/11/2014 -- Will US Plea Deal With 'El Mayo's' Son Impact Sinaloa Leadership?

"A US federal court has made public a controversial plea deal with the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada that reveals details of the organization's operations and raises the question: who may the extradited narco give up in exchange for a reduced sentence?"

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04/10/2014 -- Blog del Narco: Three of El Chapo’s Top Aides Found Murdered

"Sinaloa Police found three bodies in a commercial establishment in Elota Township, including Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gomez, El Bravo.

Three Members of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel Military Elite whom the federal government identifies as security chief of Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo, have been found murdered."

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04/10/2014 -- High-Level Sinaloa Cartel Member’s Guilty Plea Unsealed; Zambada-Niebla’s Cooperation with U.S. Revealed

"A high-level member of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico pleaded guilty a year ago to participating in a vast narcotics trafficking conspiracy and is cooperating with the United States, federal law enforcement officials announced.  A written plea agreement with the defendant, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, was made public today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Zambada-Niebla, 39, pleaded guilty on April 3, 2013, before U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo.  Zambada-Niebla was arrested in Mexico in 2009, and he was extradited to the United States in February 2010."

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04/09/2014 -- US sanctions suspected Honduran drug trafficker

"The U.S. Treasury Department is levying sanctions against suspected maritime drug trafficker Carlos Arnoldo Lobo for moving multi-ton loads of cocaine for Mexican, Guatemalan and Honduran drug kingpins and their organizations."

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04/09/2014 -- Judge: El Paso lawyer must remain on case of alleged drug lord bodyguard

"The lawyer of a man accused of being a bodyguard for a reputed Sinaloa drug cartel boss is not allowed to withdraw from the case, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Attorney Randolph Ortega had asked U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo to allow him to quit from representing Rigoberto Ruiz Alatorre, who faces various drug-related charges, including conspiracy charges on allegations of drug smuggling, along with firearms possession charges and a murder charge in the shooting death of Fermin Rodriguez-Gonzalez on July 16, 2006."

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