ONE YEAR LATER: The rise and fall of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the world’s most ambitious drug lord

07/11/2016 Business Insider

chapoOne year ago, on the evening of July 11, 2015, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán got up from the bed in his prison cell, walked behind his cell’s shower divider, and slipped through a hole in the floor, beginning his second jailbreak and entrenching his reputation as one of Mexico’s most ambitious drug lords.

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U.S. transfers imprisoned drug lord Hector ‘El Guero’ Palma to Mexican custody

06/15/2016 Los Angeles Times

detentionHector “El Guero” Palma, once among Mexico’s most notorious drug lords, was returned to Mexico on Wednesday by U.S. authorities and immediately arrested on homicide charges, Mexican authorities said.

His prompt detention averted for now the prospect of Palma going free in Mexico, an outcome that Mexican authorities were keen to avoid.

Palma, a former accomplice of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, had served almost a decade in U.S. custody on drug-related charges after being extradited to the United States in 2007.

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US to turn drug cartel founder over to Mexico

6/9/2016  The Washington Post 

MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says Sinaloa cartel co-founder Hector “El Guero” Palma will be turned over to Mexican authorities after his release from a U.S. prison.

The U.S. bureau of prisons says Palma will be released Saturday. Palma served five years in a Mexican prison before being extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to 16 years for transporting 50 kilograms of cocaine.

It is unclear whether Palma still faces any charges in Mexico.

Attorney General Arely Gomez says prosecutors are looking through files for any remaining criminal cases. She said that in some cases the statute of limitations has expired.

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Judge in Mexico Says El Chapo Can Be Extradited to U.S.

5/9/2016 The New York Times

elchapoMEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge has ruled that the country’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, can be extradited to the United States, where he would face federal charges of drug trafficking and far slimmer chances of escaping prison, as he has done twice in his home country.

The ruling essentially creates the basis for the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Mexico to grant the final approval for the extradition of Mr. Guzmán, known as El Chapo, or Shorty, within the next 30 days.

“The ball is now in the Foreign Ministry’s court, and they have a month to execute the process or not,” said a spokesman for the judiciary in Mexico who could not be identified because of government policy. “They have been notified and received the file.”

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Drug-Smuggling Tunnel, Found in San Diego, Is Longest Yet

4/21/2016 The New York Times

For all the talk about a wall between the United States and Mexico, the problem with border security continues to be as much below ground as above. On Wednesday, officials in San Diego announced the discovery of another cross-border tunnel built by drug smugglers — the longest one found yet, at about half a mile.

The tunnel had rails, lighting, ventilation and even a large elevator leading to a closet in a modest house in Tijuana, United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy said. On the San Diego side, where the tunnel emerged in an industrial park in the Otay Mesa neighborhood, the authorities arrested and charged six people last week and confiscated more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana that they said had been smuggled through the passage — the largest drug seizure associated with a tunnel….

[…]“A package of cocaine or heroin is much easier to move and hide than a person, and the profit it represents is far greater,” said Christopher Wilson, deputy director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a policy research group. “Working with terrorists would bring a huge amount heat on the cartels, and that’s bad for business.”

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Fighting Mexico’s New Super Cartel

2/26/2016 The Daily Beast

federal police mexicoTIERRA CALIENTE, Mexico — This is what a cartel-besieged town looks like: shuttered storefronts, crumbling buildings, and streets that empty each day at dusk.

Welcome to Tepalcatepec, where the average local temperature is 95 degrees and the chief local export is crystal meth. According to the regional press, this ramshackle pueblo is the No. 1 drug distribution center for the entire state of Michoacán.

Like a growing number of other cities and towns across western Mexico, Tepalcatepec is in danger of succumbing to the nation’s newest mega-mafia: the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The CJNG isn’t just super-sized. It’s also ruthless and hyper-violent, even by Mexican cartel standards. Back in 2011 the group slaughtered 35 members of a rival gang, including 12 women, and dumped the bodies on an interstate highway at rush hour. And that was just a warm-up act.

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Mexico arrests ‘money launderer’ for drug lord Guzman

3/28/2016 BBC News


Mexican authorities say they have arrested the top money launderer for the Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo” or “Shorty”.

Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, nicknamed “King Midas”, was detained while on holiday in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Guzman, a former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is currently awaiting extradition to the United States.

He was recaptured in January after breaking out of a high-security prison.

Mr Inzunza is suspected of laundering $300m-$400m a year for the Sinaloa cartel through a network of companies and currency exchange centres.

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