‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is not getting enough sleep, his attorney says

07/09/16 The Washington Post 

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the world’s most notorious drug lord, has been having trouble sleeping.

The lights in his prison cell are on around the clock. The surveillance video and prison staff watch him 24/7. If a dozing Guzmán even inadvertently covers his face or crosses his arms, prison guards rouse him, according to his lead defense attorney, José Refugio Rodríguez.

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Mexico arrests suspected associate of drug boss ‘El Mayo’ Zambada

07/07/16 Reuters

prisonOne of the top suspected associates of Mexican drug kingpin Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada has been arrested in Mexico City, prosecutors said on Thursday, in a new blow to the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel.

Heriberto Zazueta, alias “El Capi Beto,” was detained on Wednesday by federal agents in coordination with Interpol. There was a warrant for his arrest in Mexico and an order for his extradition to the United States.

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Famed Mexico Drug Lord Challenging Sinaloa Cartel: Official

Insight Crime 07/06/16 

chihuahua-mapIntelligence reports suggest legendary drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero is seeking to expel the Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico‘s Chihuahua state, raising fears the city of Ciudad Juárez may experience yet another drug-fueled murder spike.

Chihuahua’s attorney general, Jorge Enrique González Nicolás, said on July 5 that military intelligence indicates Caro Quintero “hopes to dispute and occupy the Sinaloa Cartel‘s territory” in the state, reported Reforma. This includes the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez, once considered the murder capital of the world in part due to violence between warring drug cartels.

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Mexico’s Kingpin Strategy Against the Drug Cartels

2/16/16 New York Times 

mexico-statesPope Francis’ visit to the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán brought new attention to the government’s decade-long effort to break up drug cartels by targeting their leaders. The recent recapture of “El Chapo” — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, perhaps the most notorious cartel king — has been the signature achievement of the strategy, but it has also had other consequences.

A Spike in Violence

Felipe Calderón began the “decapitation” strategy when he became president of Mexico in 2006, and violence shot upward soon after. The tumult was widely viewed as evidence of disruption: a signal that more deadly and unpredictable gangs were competing to fill a vacuum. Kidnapping and extortion became more frequent as smaller gangs looked for profits.

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24 Sinaloa cartel members arrested in U.S.-Mexico border raid

1/31/2016 CNN International

federal police mexico(CNN)A cross-border raid by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials resulted in the arrest of 24 Sinaloa cartel members, authorities said.

The sting occurred Friday around the Arizona border with Mexico, local media reported.

It also netted “assault-type weapons” and hundreds of pounds of narcotics, said spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The raid, dubbed Mexican Operation Diablo Express, targeted “high-level” Sinaloa cartel members who operate in the United States and the Mexican state of Sonora.

“The operation targets criminal elements and organizations operating in and around Sonoyta, Mexico,” a statement from Christensen said.

Mexican federal officers were brought in to the United States to ensure safety during the operation.

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Did ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s son tweet fugitive’s location?

9/7/2015 CNN

ElChapoA social media faux pas or diversionary tactic?

The son of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquín Archivaldo Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” may have tweeted a clue to the fugitive’s whereabouts.

A post to an account believed to belong to El Chapo’s son, Alfredo Guzman, includes a photo of the 29-year-old flanked by two unidentified men whose faces are obscured by emoticons. The mustachioed man sitting to Alfredo’s right at a restaurant resembles the kingpin.

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Cousin of drug kingpin sentenced to 16 years in prison

8/29/15 Boston Globe

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A cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison.

Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, 54, cousin of Joaquin ‘‘El Chapo’’ Guzman — who led the Sinaloa drug cartel and escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico in July — was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in October to his role in a conspiracy to expand the reach of his cousin’s drug empire into New England by distributing 1,000 or more kilograms of cocaine and other drugs.

He was arrested in Spain in 2012.

Authorities said the investigation began in 2009 when a link to the cartel was discovered in Massachusetts. Undercover FBI agents posed as members of a European drug-trafficking organization and met with Gutierrez-Guzman and others in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, including in Portsmouth and New Castle, N.H.

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