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El Chapo/Sinaloa Cartel 2014 Updates - Page 1


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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04/08/2014 -- Colombian pleads to trafficking with ‘El Chapo’

"A Colombian man has pleaded guilty to his role in a decade-long international drug trafficking conspiracy that authorities say is connected to the recently arrested Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.”

Fifty-five-year-old Jairo Cardona of Medellin, Colombia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring to import cocaine. Authorities say that over a 10-year span, Cardona helped ship hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S., often through Mexico."

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04/05/2014 -- El Paso lawyer seeks to withdraw from case of alleged drug cartel bodyguard

"The lawyer of a man accused of being a bodyguard for a reputed Sinaloa drug cartel boss wants to quit the case, stating in court documents that he and his client no longer have a "viable" attorney/client relationship.

Rigoberto Ruiz Alatorre 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.

According to a request filed by Ruiz's attorney Randolph Ortega on Wednesday, Ortega has asked U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo to allow him to withdraw from representing Ruiz, who is scheduled to go to trial next month. Montalvo has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to discuss Ortega's request."

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04/02/2014 -- 'El Chapo' Guzmán’s Extradition To US Demanded By Chairman Of US Security Commitee Michael McCaul


"The United States Government is still deeply considering the extradition of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman from Mexico, despite the Mexican Government's insistence that the Sinaloa Cartel boss would be brought to justice in Mexico. 'This issue is currently under discussion by my colleagues in the Department of Justice,' said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Buereau of Western Hemisphere Affairs John Feely. The comments came as a response to calls from Chairman Of the US Security Commitee Michael McCaul to instigate Guzman's extradition."

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04/02/2014 --
US government praises cooperation with Mexico in arrest of purported drug kingpin 'El Chapo'

"The relationship between U.S. law enforcement and their counterparts in Mexico has never been stronger, and the arrest of Mexico's most wanted drug cartel leader earlier this year is proof of that, a senior Homeland Security Department official told Congress on Wednesday.

James Dinkins, executive associate director for homeland security at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the House Homeland Security Committee that while ICE, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshal Service and other U.S. agencies helped end the decade-long manhunt for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the operation was led by Mexico and should be a considered a win for that country. It's a victory that shows the strength of the relationship between law enforcement in the two countries, he said."

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04/01/2014 -- Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán's Fairy Tale: I'm Innocent And Just A Farmer

"As recently as two years ago, Forbes estimated Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s net worth at $1 billion. Now the jailed CEO of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel has told Mexican prosecutors that he is 'just a farmer' who earns 20,000 pesos a year ($1,500 dollars), according to a transcript of his preliminary interrogation obtained by the Mexican daily Excelsior."

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03/30/2014 -- 'El Chapo' Guzman News: Sinaloa Cartel Leader's Capture Began With Covert U.S.-Spain Operation

"Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was captured just over a month ago, however, the process that led to the incarceration of Mexico's greatest druglord began over five years ago and far across the Atlantic. Spanish newspaper 'ABC' has published a report detailing a covert operation between undercover agents from the United States and Spain which led to the capture of four members of the Sinaloa Cartel, among them one of 'El Chapo's first cousins. The operation was the first step in Guzman's capture."

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03/26/2014 -- Co-defendant of drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads guilty

"A co-defendant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Chicago to distributing vast amounts of cocaine and heroin here on behalf of the notorious Sinaloa cartel.

Tomas Arevalo-Renteria, who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute, did not agree to cooperate against Guzman. He faces 10 years to life in prison at sentencing."

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