Official: Pilot who helped ‘El Chapo’ escape captured

10/8/2015 CNN México

19437624579_88eab701c8_b(CNN) – Three months later, “El Chapo” remains at large.

But a pilot accused of playing a role in the drug lord’s escape is in Mexican custody, Mexico’s attorney general said Thursday.

Attorney General Arely Gomez said at a Mexican Senate hearing that the pilot had been captured. But she didn’t offer details — including the name of the pilot and where, when or how he or she was caught.

Thursday was the first time Mexican authorities have said anything publicly about a pilot having a part in springing Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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U.S. Says Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Guzmán’s Prison Escape Could Trigger More Border Violence

9/16/2015 Forbes 

19437624579_88eab701c8_bTestifying before Congress  last week, Robert Harris, the man in charge of border security at the Department of Homeland Security, warned that the recent escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, “could potentially instigate further border violence similar to incidents following his first prison escape in 2001.”

On July 11, Guzmán, one of the world’s most famous and powerful drug criminals, fled an alleged maximum-security prison near Mexico City through a tunnel built under his cell. Four middle to low-level officials have been arrested in connection to his escape.

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Peña, Slim and ‘El Chapo’, among the most powerful: Forbes [in Spanish]

El Universal, 12/05/2012

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
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.

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‘General Tried to Bribe Defense Secretary on Sinaloa Cartel’s Behalf’

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.

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U.S. looks to Belize for alleged ties to Sinaloa drug cartel

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.

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Mexican detainee not drug lord’s son after all

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.

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Mexico cartel drops aerial leaflets against gov’t

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.