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El Chapo/Sinaloa Cartel 2014 Updates - Page 1


12/13/2014 -- Atlantic County authorities bust up alleged drug-trafficking ring with ties to Mexican cartel

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ATLANTIC CITY —  A five-month investigation culminated in the arrest this week of 16 individuals involved in a drug-trafficking organization with ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities said.

Thursday morning, local, state and federal authorities executed 13 simultaneous arrest warrants in Atlantic City, Hamilton Township and Somers Point as part of the crackdown, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said in a news release. Arrests were also made in Pennsylvania and California, he said."

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12/03/2014 -- DEA: Cartels Are Now Smuggling US Weed Into Mexico

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Legalized marijuana might help cut down on drug dealing in the US, but cartels are now smuggling the high-quality weed into Mexico for illegal sale there, Steven Nelson of U.S. News reports.

DEA spokesman Lawrence Payne told U.S News that traffickers working in the U.S. are stealing marijuana that's much higher quality and more expensive than pot that isn't grown legally."

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11/24/2014 -- US judge sentences 'El Chapo' Guzman associate to 22 years in prison for drug crimes

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A US judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to 22 years in prison on Monday for his role in a $1b conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities.

In sentencing Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, Chief US District Judge in Chicago Ruben Castillo said he wanted to send a stern message to Hernandez and other Mexican traffickers. Hernandez, 58, is one of 11 alleged traffickers indicted in Chicago, including Guzman himself. Hernandez was the first to be sentenced."

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11/21/2014 -- U.S. Marshals disguise themselves as Mexican Marines to combat drug cartels, report says


"An investigation by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that United States Marshals are secretly disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico — a move that not only puts the lives of U.S. personnel at risk but also shows the country’s growing presence in combating Mexico’s drug cartels on its southern neighbor’s turf."

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11/17/2014 -- Alleged drug cartel kingpin extradited to U.S.

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WASHINGTON -— An alleged leader of a major Mexican drug cartel, charged with smuggling tons of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S., made his first appearance in a U.S. courtroom Monday following his weekend extradition from Mexico.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said Alfredo Beltran Leyva and the Beltran Leyva Cartel distributed massive amounts of dangerous narcotics and "engaged in a campaign of violence that sparked drug wars and jeopardized public safety across North America.''

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11/15/2014 -- Mexico Drug, Gang, and Crime News: Son of Sinaloa Cartel's Boss Captured in Mexico

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The son of alleged Sinaloa drug cartel boss, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was captured on Thursday, a Mexican official announced, according to The Associated Press.

Ismael Zambada Imperial, also known as "El Mayito Gordo," has allegedly assumed a more prominent role in the cartel this year."

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11/11/2014 -- Chicago brothers detail how Mexican cartel moved cocaine by jets


"The twin brothers from Chicago have been in witness protection for more than five years, providing federal authorities with details of how Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel network allegedly supplied them with thousands of pounds of narcotics to distribute on city streets."

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11/04/2014 -- Sinaloa Cartel member sentenced to 5 years in N.H.


"A federal judge in New Hampshire has sentenced a man prosecutors said was member of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to plotting a major cocaine distribution network. New Hampshire prosecutors said Alvaro Rivera-Pedrego — who lived in Arizona and Mexico — helped set up meetings between undercover FBI agents posing as drug lords and cartel members working to set up a cocaine distribution network in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Two of those meetings took place in New Hampshire. The conspirators ultimately delivered a cargo container laden with 346 kilograms of cocaine to the FBI agents at a port in Algeciras, Spain, on July 27, 2012."

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