Conviction of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ should be thrown out, lawyer argues

10/27/2021

Source: Reuters

A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to overturn the Mexican drug kingpin’s conviction, citing juror misconduct and the jail conditions that Guzman experienced.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan appeared receptive to the argument that Guzman’s trial judge in Brooklyn should have inquired into whether jurors improperly followed the case in the media during the blockbuster trial.

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The Next Generation of Criminal Groups Driving Violence in Mexico

08/13/2021

Source: InSight Crime

Mexico’s process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country’s mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united due to internal strife, incursions from rivals or the arrests and killings of key leaders.

But while some powerhouses like the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) remain intact, smaller, hyper-violent and localized groups have become real national security threats. Many are splinters of old cartel structures, maintaining previous allegiances, while others were once dedicated oil thieves or drug transporters who gradually leveled up.

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Bodies of six men found hanging from a bridge in Mexico

08/13/2021

Source: Reuters

The bodies of six men were found hanging off a bridge in the city of Zacatecas in north-central Mexico on Thursday, an official said, in a region where some of the country’s biggest drug cartels are fighting over lucrative trafficking routes.

The half-naked bodies were discovered in the early hours of the morning, said the source at the local prosecutor’s office, requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak publicly to the media. Mexican newspapers also reported the grisly find.

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Fishing Cooperatives Used to Mask Drug Shipments into Mexico

07/29/2021

Source: InSight Crime

Mexico’s largest criminal groups are outsourcing the retrieval of cocaine shipments to smaller groups posing as fishing cooperatives, providing another example of how maritime infrastructure is subverted by the drug trade.

Groups such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) are contracting local gangs in Mexico’s southern states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero to fetch large shipments of cocaine out at sea, according to a report from Mexico’s Naval Secretariat (Secretaría de Marina – SEMAR) accessed by El Universal.

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Former top police official in Mexico is arrested for torture

07/06/2021

Source: NBC News

Mexico said Monday it has arrested a former leading police official on charges of torture from nearly a decade ago. Former Federal Police commander Luis Cárdenas Palomino was considered the right-hand man of former security secretary Genaro García Luna. García Luna is now being held on drug trafficking charges in the United States.

U.S. prosecutors have also accused Cárdenas Palomino of accepting millions in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, once run by imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. It was not clear if Mexico would consider extraditing Cárdenas Palomino.

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Prison releases signal the return of Mexico’s drug lords from the 1990s

06/01/2021

Source: El País

In the early 1990s, Mexico lived through the bloody rivalry between the Sinaloa cartel and the Tijuana cartel, in the country’s first major narco war. The fallout would leave a nation strewn with corpses and lay a path for every other conflict that has come since. Until then, drugs in Mexico had been controlled by a tight group of allied criminal organizations, which split into factions following the arrest of drug boss Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. His nephews would go on to lead the Tijuana cartel, also known as the Arellano Félix cartel, while infamous Mexican narco trafficker Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada led the Sinaloa cartel. The intense rivalry between these criminal organizations would change Mexico forever.

This year, the United States will release Vicente Zambada, the first-born son of El Mayo, along with Eduardo Arellano Félix, one of the seven siblings who took over from their uncle in the rival group. The collaboration agreements with US justice, particularly concerning the cartels dealings with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), mean that the pair will not spend the rest of their lives in jail. Zambada betrayed his own father in 2019, revealing everything he knew about the cartel at Joaquín “El Chapo” Gúzman’s trial in New York, even after being groomed to serve in it since birth. Vicente had been extradited in 2010 and cooperated with the authorities since then; although the latter have not confirmed a date, he either has been already released or will soon be at some point this year. Although Eduardo Arellano Félix played a smaller role in the Tijuana cartel, he acted as informant and his sentence is due to expire in August.

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El Güero Palma will remain in detention for “unclear” complaint: AMLO

05/04/2021

Source: The Yucatan Times

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) found an “unclear” complaint against the drug trafficker Héctor El Güero Palma Salazar and requested his detention to define the legal situation.

In the morning conference, the head of the federal Executive clarified that the accused left the Altiplano prison to be transferred to the FGR detention center where he remains deprived of his liberty.

In this regard, he said that the period of detention granted by a federal judge to the FGR will allow authorities from other countries to report if there is an extradition process and discard pending investigation files against one of the founders of the Sinaloa cartel.

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Mexico: US interested in Sinaloa cartel’s fentanyl business

 

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10/31/19 – AP News

By Christopher Sherman

What really interested United States authorities in a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán last month was his fentanyl business, Mexican security officials said Friday.

Ovidio Guzmán López was indicted in a U.S. federal court on charges of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. There was no mention in that indictment of the synthetic opioid ravaging U.S. communities.

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Jury Chosen for U.S. Trial of Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’

11/7/2018 – New York Times

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NEW YORK — Twelve New Yorkers were chosen Wednesday to sit on the jury that will decide the fate of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose trial on U.S. drug trafficking charges begins next week.

 

Among the seven women and five men are at least three immigrants, three Spanish speakers and several people with ties to law enforcement. Almost all had heard of Guzman, but said they could be impartial.

“We are satisfied with the jury that has been selected,” Eduardo Balarezo, one of Guzman’s lawyers, told reporters.

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Mexico Says Major Drug Lab Busted With 50 Tons of Synthetics

08/17/18 New York Times

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Mexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs.

A navy statement says the raid took place Thursday in the mountains near the town of Alcoyonqui, east of the state capital of Culiacan. Besides the lab, marines found two underground storage areas.

The navy said Friday that the raid yielded “approximately 50 tons of processed solid and liquid Crystal drugs, stored in containers and drums of different capacities.”

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