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

December 12, 2012

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’

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.

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

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.

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Mexican detainee not drug lord’s son after all

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.

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Mexico cartel drops aerial leaflets against gov’t

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.

US: Mexico kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is ‘world’s most powerful drug trafficker’

January 11, 2012


MSNBC, 1/11/2012

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.

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El Chapo Lieutenent Captured (In Spanish)

December 27, 2011

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

Reforma, 12/26/11

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.

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