The Washington Post desmintió versión de AMLO: grupo secreto de la DEA llevó a la captura de Caro Quintero


Fuente: Infobae

The Washington Post (TWP) reveló este sábado 23 de julio que un grupo secreto de la Agencia Antidrogas Estadounidense (DEA) persiguió durante varios años al narcotraficante mexicano, Rafael Caro Quintero por la Sierra Madre Occidental, e incluso, los agentes llegaron a conocer todos los caminos de terracería por los que se desplazaba el capo, quien constantemente salía a visitar a sus novias.

De acuerdo con las fuentes de este medio, entre 2013 y 2022, Estados Unidos y México realizaron 12 operativos fallidos para atrapar a Caro Quintero. Muchas de esas operaciones no fueron reportadas de manera pública.


Mexico minimizes U.S. role in drug kingpin’s capture


Source: Reuters

Mexico’s president on Monday downplayed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s role in last week’s capture of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, exposing tensions over security cooperation despite the major cross-border win.

The head of the DEA had hailed the arrest as the product of joint cooperation, but President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador repeatedly sought to paint a different picture.


U.S. senators seek DEA answers on Mexico operations following Reuters reports


Source: Reuters

Two senior U.S. senators have written to the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the agency’s foreign operations, especially in Mexico, following news reports about the Mexican government slashing cooperation.

In April, Reuters reported Mexico had shuttered an elite unit that had worked for decades with the DEA, and earlier this month published another report detailing how the DEA had withdrawn its plane used for high-profile operations from Mexico after officials rescinded its parking spot.


EXCLUSIVE Mexico shuts elite investigations unit in blow to U.S. drugs cooperation

MEXICO CITY, April 19 (Reuters) – Mexico has disbanded a select anti-narcotics unit that for a quarter of a century worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to tackle organized crime, two sources said, in a major blow to bilateral security cooperation.

Date: April 19th, 2022

Source: Reuters

The group was one of the Sensitive Investigative Units (SIU) operating in about 15 countries which U.S. officials tout as invaluable in dismantling powerful smuggling rings and busting countless drug lords around the globe. The units are trained by the DEA but under the control of national governments.

In Mexico, the over 50 officers in the SIU police unit were considered many of the country’s best and worked on the biggest cases such as the 2016 capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, then the boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

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DEA points finger at Mexican cartels, social media apps after seizing record amount of fentanyl in 2021

Source: NBC News

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday that agents have seized an unprecedented amount of fentanyl and fake prescription pills containing dangerous levels of the deadly opioid.

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said the agency seized more than 15,000 pounds of fentanyl this year alone — enough, she said, to kill every American. Agents have also seized more than 20 million fake pills, made to look like such drugs as Xanax, Adderall and Oxycontin.


Bloodbath predicted if 73-year-old Sinaloa Cartel boss detained or killed

Source: Mexico News Daily

The arrest or death of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada will trigger a full-blown war for control of the powerful criminal organization, according to federal officials and a former high-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official.

Unnamed officials cited by the newspaper Milenio predicted that a bloodbath will occur in the absence of Zambada, 73, at the helm of the cartel.


US officials say Mexico is once again providing visas to drug enforcement agents

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government is once again issuing visas that allow United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to work in Mexico, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Broadcaster CNN reported almost two months ago that Mexico had not processed visa applications for 24 DEA agents this year.


US deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him


Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers was deported from the United States back to Mexico after serving most of a 15-year prison sentence, but he was promptly re-arrested when he arrived in his homeland Monday.

Prosecutors in Mexico said Eduardo Arellano Felix was handed over to Mexican federal authorities at a border crossing in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. He faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in Mexico.


One of the DEA’s most-wanted men wants to be mayor of some of Mexico’s most violent territory


Source: Business Insider

MEXICO – Mexico’s midterm elections on June 6 will be the largest in the country’s history, with voters choosing candidates for more than 21,000 offices.

One of those candidates is already well known by some in the US: Rogelio Portillo Jaramillo, 41, who the DEA describes as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive.


U.S.-Mexico Efforts Targeting Drug Cartels Have Unraveled, Top DEA Official Says


Source: NPR

A senior Drug Enforcement Administration official told NPR efforts to target drug cartels operating inside Mexico have unraveled because of a breakdown in cooperation between law enforcement agencies and militaries in the two countries.

“We’re willing to share [intelligence] with our counterparts in Mexico, but they themselves are too afraid to even engage with us because of repercussions from their own government if they get caught working with DEA,” said Matthew Donahue, the DEA’s deputy chief of operations.