Abduction of Chapo’s Son May Signal War Between Mexico Cartels

08/16/16 InSight Crime

chapoA group of men that included a son of El Chapo Guzmán were abducted at gunpoint from an upscale restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in what appears to be a high-level attack in the war between two of the country’s most powerful drug cartels.

According to the Attorney General’s Office in the state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, six menwere kidnapped on the evening of August 15 from a local gourmet restaurant called La Leche. However, the exact number of victims remains unclear; the same office previously said between 10 and 12 had been kidnapped and some local media outlets were reporting 16 victims.

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Wife of Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ pleads case in DC

06/20/16 CNN

ElChapo(CNN)The wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman traveled to Washington earlier this month launching her efforts to seek an international investigation into her claim that Guzman’s human rights are being violated while he awaits extradition to the U.S.

Emma Coronel Aispura, a former beauty queen and a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico, spent several days in Washington, where she held a meeting at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization for American States.
A spokeswoman for the commission, Maria Isabel Rivero, confirmed the meeting with Aispuro but, citing privacy issues, would not discuss the purpose or details of the visit.

El Chapo: Mexico grants extradition of drug lord to US

5/20/2016 BBC

elchapoMexico’s foreign ministry has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the US to face drug smuggling charges.

His lawyers have 30 days to appeal against the decision and even if it proceeds it could be months before he is sent north.

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Mexico drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman moved to Juarez prison

5/7/2016 Associated Press 

elchapoMEXICO CITY (AP) — Convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who twice pulled off brazen jailbreaks and is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States, was abruptly transferred to a prison in northern Mexico near the Texas border early Saturday.

Lawyers for Guzman, who was recaptured in January, have filed multiple appeals against their client being sent to the U.S., and Mexican officials have said it could take as long as a year to reach a final ruling. There was no immediate indication that the transfer could be a sign that the process is nearing conclusion.

Mexican government officials said the Sinaloa cartel boss was moved from the maximum-security Altiplano lockup near Mexico City to the Cefereso No. 9 prison in Ciudad Juarez, which is across from El Paso, Texas. The Interior Department said the move was due to work being done to reinforce security at Altiplano.

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Mexican attorney on interrogating ‘El Chapo’: He ‘owned the prison’

4/12/16 CNN

José_Antonio_OrtegaMexico City (CNN) José Antonio Ortega arrived early to his 10 a.m. appointment.

The criminal attorney was ready. He had everything he would need, including his briefcase with all the documents pertaining to the case. He wasn’t nervous. He felt more than prepared, but he wondered.
Would the suspect cooperate? Would he provide any meaningful new details that would help him solve the case?
All of a sudden, he got a phone call. It was a prison official saying the inmate was not ready. Ortega would have to wait a while longer. The hours went by.
By the time he got a call from the same prison official saying the hearing could proceed, it was well past 10 at night. A full 12 hours had passed since the scheduled time.
Ortega’s first shock was that he and an associate weren’t taken to the room where hearings were normally conducted, but to a room right next to that of the prison’s director, where a clerk was already setting up his printer and computer for the hearing.
The door opened and the inmate finally appeared. It was Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. He cracked a smile as if he were attending a social gathering and greeted everybody in the room.

Actor Kate del Castillo accuses Mexico of ‘witch-hunt’ over El Chapo links

3/11/2016 The Guardian

elchapoKate del Castillo, the actor whose contact with cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán helped lead to his capture, authorities allege, has accused the Mexican government of carrying out a “witch-hunt” as it pursues her on accusations of money laundering.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Del Castillo also said that coverage of her involvement was tawdry and sexist after flirtatious text messages between Del Castillo and El Chapo were leaked to the Mexican media, along with intelligence files on her journey with the actor Sean Penn to meet the fugitive capo.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox: I Would Have Already Extradited El Chapo

03/08/2016 The Huffington Post

Vicente_Fox_2After Mexican troops recaptured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in early January, Mexican officials finally agreed to start the process to extradite the kingpin to the United States.

Mexican officials chose not to extradite Guzmán after he was captured in the city of Mazatlan in the spring of 2014, arguing he should serve out his Mexican prison sentences first. In the summer of 2015, Guzmán escaped from the maximum security prison where he was being held through a tunnel leaving from the shower in his cell. It was the drug lord’s second prison break.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox told HuffPost Live in a conversation last week that he would have acted much more quickly were he still in office.

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