Mexico captures six suspects in cartel boss’ escape from prison

10/22/2015 LA Times 

prisonMexico’s government on Wednesday announced the capture of six people believed responsible for the July prison break by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the elusive drug lord’s brother-in-law and the suspected mastermind of the escape.

Atty. Gen. Arely Gomez said the alleged mastermind of the operation is a member of Guzman’s legal team who had access to the Altiplano prison near Mexico City and was able to notify the capo of the operation’s progress and receive instructions. The person also purportedly relayed orders and payments to others involved in the escape.

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Mexico claims that the world’s most wanted drug lord was injured while fleeing a raid on his mountain hideout

10/17/2015 Business Insider 

19437624579_88eab701c8_bFour months after his brazen escape from a maximum-security prison in central Mexico, Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán may have been wounded while escaping a manhunt that has intensified in recent days.

Mexican security forces, with assistance from US drug officials, tracked cellphone signals that indicated Guzmán was at a ranch near the town of Cosalá, in the mountains of Sinaloa state, according to NBC News.

Mexican marines mounted a raid on the property, but they were forced to turn back when their helicopters reportedly came under fire from what are believed to be Guzmán’s henchmen.

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13 arrested in prison break of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in Mexico

9/19/2015 CNN

120px-Blurry_PrisonMexican authorities have arrested 13 more suspects in connection with the prison break of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the country’s attorney general’s office said.

Guzman, sometimes branded as the world’s biggest drug lord and who is also wanted in the United States, made a well-planned, elaborate escape on July 11. He dropped through a hole in a shower into a mile-long tunnel equipped with a modified motorcycle, lighting and ventilation, and has not been officially spotted since.

It was his second escape from a maximum security prison. After his first escape in 2001, it took Mexican law enforcement 13 years to catch up with him.

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Mexico captures drug kingpin’s father-in-law

hands in handcuffsLos Angeles Times, 4/30/13

On the eve of President Obama’s trip to Mexico, Mexican authorities on Tuesday announced the capture of a key drug cartel operative, the father-in-law and associate of one of the world’s most-wanted fugitive kingpins. The major arrest — the first under new President Enrique Peña Nieto — comes as the extraordinarily close U.S.-Mexican cooperation in the drug war is undergoing significant changes.

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that officials of the 5-month-old Mexican administration were alarmed to discover how deeply involved U.S. advisors were in sensitive areas of security and law enforcement during the six-year government of former President Felipe Calderon. As a consequence, the new government plans to narrow American participation in its agencies and activities, confining U.S. contacts to more limited channels. The development is unnerving U.S. officials, who have overseen a program of nearly $2 billion in support to Mexico’s drug war, including the training of police and judicial institutions.

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Mexican Billionaires Have Strong Year, With 18.4% Increase In Wealth

Mexican pesoForbes, 3/7/2013

The combined net worth of Mexico’s billionaires reached $148.5 billion, an increase of 18.4% from the previous year’s total of  $125.1 billion.  Based on the new Forbes Billionaire ranking’s data,  these gains slightly outpaced the growth in the amount of wealth held by the entire 2013 billionaire list, which after adding 210 new billionaires,  grew by 17.4% from $4.6 to $5.4 trillion.

The largest contributing factor to the leap in total wealth held by the super-rich in Mexico  is the addition of five new-comers and two comebacks to the rankings. The new billionaires are Eva Gonda Rivera (Femsa) ,  Rufino Vigil Gonzalez (Industrias CH), Jose and Francisco Calderon Rojas (Coca-Cola Femsa), Max Michel Suberville (Coca-Cola Femsa) and Juan Gallardo Thurlow (Cultiba). After having fallen bellow the 1 billion benchmark a few years ago,  Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala (Grupo Modelo) and Alfredo Harp Helu (Banamex) are back in the rankings. The removal of drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman from this year’s list and the 2012 death of Roberto Gonzalez Barrera brings the total of Mexican billionaires to 15, up from 10 the previous year.

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Forbes drops drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from billionaires list

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

CNN, 3/4/2013

Fortunes forever rise and fall, but perhaps none so fast as those of drug lords. On Monday, Forbes magazine released its annual list of the world’s richest people, and for the first time since 2009, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman did not make the cut.

Guzman is the boss of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking operations. His nickname, which means “shorty,” matches his 5-foot-6-inch frame, though he has climbed to great heights in the drug business. Forbes had previously estimated his net worth at $1 billion.

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How the Sinaloa cartel won Mexico’s drug war

drug_war_02Global Post, 2/28/2013

Neat, freshly painted buildings and a renovated church line the central square. Shiny SUVs rest curbside. Some lack license plates, as if the law doesn’t apply. Mansions crown the surrounding hills. Badiraguato, a town of 7,000 in Sinaloa state, shouldn’t have such wealth. It’s among the poorest municipalities in Mexico. But you’re better off not asking questions here.

This is a secretive place, hot and quiet in the Sierra Madre foothills. There’s an army barracks, but soldiers mostly stay inside. It’s the heart of drug country, home to Mexico’s most powerful criminal syndicate: the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

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