December 12, 2012
El Universal, 12/05/2012
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán
In Forbes newest ‘World’s Most Powerful People’ list released this year the drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once again appeared in the list, which is headed by the U.S. President, Barack Obama. “El Chapo,” according to Forbes, is the 63rd most powerful individual in the world.
September 25, 2012
InSight Crime, 9/21/12
A retired Mexican general allegedly offered to serve as the Sinaloa Cartel’s main contact with the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), a glimpse at how security officials are sometimes co-opted by “Chapo” Guzman.
The retired brigadier general, Juan Manuel Barragan, reportedly met with two representatives sent by Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” in December 2011, reported Mexico newspaper Reforma. He allegedly offered to help set up meetings between the cartel and Mexico’s top security officials, including the secretary of defense, the attorney general, and the head of the joint chiefs of staff, in exchange for $10,000…
According to Reforma, the two Sinaloa Cartel representatives asked to meet with Barragan in a Mexico City restaurant, Bros Oyster Bar, on December 21, but ended up meeting with him in his office in the SEDENA headquarters on December 24. The cartel emissaries taped the meeting. During the recording, Barragan reportedly said that he was attempting to set up a meeting with Defense Secretary Guillermo Galvan, but that the date kept getting postponed. Reforma reported that the video ended up in the hands of the military Attorney General’s Office two days later, perhaps suggesting that the meeting was a sting operation.
Barragan also supposedly said that he would give Galvan a $13,000 Rolex watch as a gift, engraved with Galvan’s name on the back, as a “token of appreciation” from El Chapo.
August 8, 2012
The Los Angeles Times, 8/7/12
On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced it was freezing the assets of three Belize residents alleged to be drug traffickers and “key associates” of the Mexican drug trafficking group. The Treasury Department has also prohibited U.S. citizens from doing business with the suspects or their companies…
Belize, along with El Salvador, was added to that U.S. “blacklist” of 22 nations in September in a presidential memorandum that noted numerous recent drug and weapons seizures on the Mexican side of the Mexico-Belize border, as well as the presence of Mexican cartels including the Zeta gang, the ruthless rival to the Sinaloa cartel.
The three suspects targeted Tuesday are John Zabaneh, described by U.S. officials as a “critical figure” with ties to Colombian suppliers and Mexican buyers; his nephew Dion Zabaneh, and a “close associate” named Daniel Moreno.
June 25, 2012
Los Angeles Times, 06/23/2012
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán
Mexican authorities have acknowledged that they made a mistake when they claimed to have arrested the son of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman earlier in the week.
The man captured by Mexican marines Thursday and initially identified as Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar is in fact Felix Beltran, a 23-year-old car dealer, the federal attorney general’s office said in a brief statement late Friday.
May 31, 2012
Associated Press, 5/31/2012
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán
Drug traffickers took the unusual step of using an airplane to drop thousands of leaflets on the northern city of Culiacan accusing the governor of Sinaloa state of taking orders from drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, authorities said Wednesday.
The single-page, computer-printed leaflets were unsigned, but expressed anger at the in-custody killing of a suspect who was recently arrested and sent to a prison allegedly dominated by the Sinaloa cartel.
January 11, 2012
The U.S. Treasury Department called Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker” on Tuesday.
The fugitive Sinaloa cartel leader also got a boost from Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, who said she believed in Guzman more than in the government.
It was the latest in an odd series of accolades for Guzman, who was included this year on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people, with an estimated fortune of $1 billion.
December 27, 2011
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, “El Inge”, quien presuntamente era lugarteniente de Joaquín Guzmán Loera, “El Chapo Guzmán”, fue presentado este lunes en las instalaciones de la Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada (SIEDO).
El presunto criminal, informó el General Ricardo Trevilla Trejo, director de Comunicación Social de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena), era el principal operador de la organización de “El Chapo Guzmán” en Durango y en la zona sur de Chihuahua.
El funcionario afirmó que el detenido también estaba a cargo de la seguridad de Guzmán Loera durante las estancias del capo sinaloense en Durango.
October 5, 2011
CNN Mexico, 10/5/11
Noel Salgueiro Nevarez, fundador del grupo delictivo Gente Nueva, y acusado de secuestro, extorsión, tortura y asesinato fue detenido este martes en Culiacán, Sinaloa, por elementos del Ejército Mexicano, informó este miércoles la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena).
La Sedena comparó en importancia la captura de Salgueiro con la muerte de Ignacio Nacho Coronel, uno de los cabecillas del cártel de Sinaloa, liderado por Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.
Además Salgueiro es responsable de la muerte de varios funcionarios y empresarios de acuerdo con el vocero de la Sedena, Ricardo Trevilla, quien no dio más detalles al respecto. Salgueiro Nevarez fundó el grupo Gente Nueva en Veracruz en 2007, y luego extendió sus actividades a Guerrero, Durango, Sinaloa y Chihuahua, según Trevilla.
November 4, 2010
El Norte, 11/4/2010
Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been ranked in 60th place, out of 68, in Forbes’ 2010 “Most Powerful People” list.
One more Mexican made the list: businessman Carlos Slim Helú was ranked at 21st place.
November 12, 2009
Washington Post, 11/12/09
Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord escaped prison by hiding in a laundry truck nearly a decade ago, and his legend and fortune seem to grow with each passing day he eludes capture.
Now he has reached a new level of fame – or infamy – by making Forbes magazine’s list of the 67 “World’s Most Powerful People.”
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is even considered more powerful than Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – No. 67 – and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy – No. 56 – according to Forbes magazine’s list of the 67 “World’s Most Powerful People.” At No. 41, Guzman was just below Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.