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    Joseph Wilkinson | (TNS) New York Daily News A notorious Mexican drug lord has disappeared from the federal prison registry, and the Mexican government pressed for answers Wednesday. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” was sentenced to 49 years in U.S. prison for a variety of crimes. “We want to know where he is,” Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday. “The inquiry has been made and there is no clarity on the subject, but we will continue asking [the U.S.] to inform us.” Mexican news outlets said there was speculation that Villarreal cut a deal with U.S. authorities to testify as a protected witness against former cartel associates. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons told CNN that Villarreal, 49, was no longer in their custody. “Inmates who were previously in BOP custody and who have not completed their sentence may be outside BOP custody for a period of time for court hearings, medical treatment or for other reasons,” spokesman Benjamin O’Cone told the outlet, but he refused to specify if any of those things applied to Villarreal. The Texas-born Villarreal, who got his nickname for his light complexion and his...
    The wife of a suspected British money launderer arrested in Spain as part of a massive cocaine ring bust says he is 'totally innocent'. It was revealed on Monday that a drugs 'super-cartel' that controlled a third of Europe's cocaine trade was busted by police, with 49 arrests in countries including Spain, France and Dubai. Now, MailOnline can reveal the British man arrested in Spain is a married university graduate with a young daughter, now working in the real estate business after emigrating from the UK. He claimed before his shock arrest that he was 'fulfilling his dream' of living in sunnier climes. But the suspect, originally from the Home Counties, is now behind bars after being held at his expensive villa in a quiet cul-de-sac near Marbella. Pictures of the late-night raid showed the man wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, surrounded by heavily-armed masked police officers with his hands cuffed behind his back. The wife of the suspected money launderer arrested in Spain as part of a massive cocaine ring bust says he is 'totally innocent'. Pictured: The British suspect is...
    A BRITISH alleged drugs kingpin suspected of laundering money for a "super-cartel" said to be responsible for a third of Europe's cocaine trade lived a double life as a married university graduate. Spanish cops announced on Monday they had detained the British expat at his sprawling home near Marbella, one of two UK citizens seized under Operation Desert Light. 7Cops arrested 49 people as part of raids against a cocaine super-cartel including a BritCredit: Solarpix 7They also uncovered a haul of luxury cars and stashes of cashCredit: Solarpix 7Suspected cartel members amassed vast richesCredit: Solarpix 7 The operation, spearheaded by Europol, saw the arrests of 49 suspected cartel members in five different countries, with more than 30 tonnes of cocaine seized in a mammoth haul. Police said they had arrested a second British man in Dubai, described as a ringleader of the enormous drug operation. The Spain-based Brit detainee, who is from the Home Counties, is reported to have moved to the Costa del Sol after leaving his job with one of the UK's leading construction companies. A quantity surveyor...
    A BRITISH drugs kingpin reportedly at the head of a cartel responsible for a third of Europe's cocaine market has been arrested in a daring raid. The British national was seized by cops in Dubai after allegedly fleeing there from the Costa del Sol, his previous base of operations. 7Cops have seized an alleged British drugs kingpinCredit: Solarpix 7In a massive Europol operation, cops arrested 49 suspected cartel membersCredit: Solarpix 7The super-cartel is allegedly responsible for a third of all cocaine in EuropeCredit: Solarpix In a mammoth operation described as "historic", police arrested 49 different suspected cartel members in five different countries. Spain's Guardia Civil, one of the police forces involved in the Europol-conducted operation, revealed on Monday that separate raids had been carried out in Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, and the United Arab Emirates. They said they had successfully taken down the "European cocaine super cartel" controlled by Dubai-based drug lords. A spokesman for the force said: "Seven are considered High-Value Targets (HVTs) by Europol." READ MORE CRIME NEWSPRISON GUV TERROR Goon hired by jail drugs kingpin to attack...
    Share this: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A new Mexican law allowed prosecutors in Brooklyn to seize real property located in and around Guadalajara, Mexico to divest a drug cartel leader of his ill-gotten gains. Rafael Caro Quintero, an accused drug cartel leader, is currently in custody in Mexico and extradition proceedings are ongoing, but while they wait, Eastern District prosecutors have been able to seize his real estate in Mexico using a new statute for the first time. “This forfeiture sends a powerful message to drug kingpins in Mexico and elsewhere that there are no boundaries to prosecuting bad actors and locating their ill-gotten assets wherever they are in the world,” stated U.S. Attorney Breon Peace. “This Office will continue working with our law enforcement partners to take the economic gain out of crime through all available resources, including asset forfeiture.”
    A Holyoke man pleaded guilty to helping a Mexican drug cartel distribute fentanyl throughout Massachusetts, federal authorities said. Police found drugs, money, body armor, and a stockpile of guns when they arrested him last year, officials added.  Josue Rivera Rodriguez, 45, who goes by the nickname Bori, confessed last week to charges of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and two counts of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and could serve a life sentence.  Federal officials said Rodriguez was working for Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, one of the most violent cartels in Mexico.  DEA agents recorded Rodriguez delivering $35,000 in cash to a cooperating witness for the gang. He also passed 750 grams of fentanyl to that witness throughout 2020 and 2021, officials said. For context, 2 milligrams of the synthetic opioid can be deadly, according to the DEA. Authorities arrested him in April 2021 and were shocked by what they found. ...
    The mayor of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's hometown is building a new museum that will have exhibitions that will pay homage to some of Mexico's most notorious drug traffickers. Badiraguato Mayor José Luis López Elenes said that while the goal of the museum is to spark interest the western Mexican city's tourism industry, it was impossible to exclude the troubled past of El Chapo and his old associates. 'We cannot deny our history,' López Elenes told local outlet Noticiero Altavoz on Tuesday. 'We have to recognize it and we are going to work on that basis. It is possible that we can have drug trafficking museum.' Groundbreaking for the new museum, which is part of an economic redevelopment plan, took place in May. The Mexican city of Badiraguato will be opening up a new museum that will host exhibits dedicated to the history of drug trafficking, including notorious cartel bosses Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero, Juan José 'El Azul' Esparragoza and Joaquín 'El Chapo, Guzmán Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is among a number of drug traffickers who were born...
    Michaella McCollum had just turned twenty when she was arrested in Lima, Peru, in August 2013 for trying—with accomplice Melissa Reid—to smuggle 11 kilos of cocaine out of the country. Since McCollum was Irish and Reid was Scottish, and given that the former had already made headlines for being reportedly missing, this immediately became front-page news in the U.K. Further stoking the tabloid fire was the fact that the duo, who’d soon come to be known as the “Peru Two,” claimed that they’d been forced at gunpoint by cartel villains to commit this crime. That, however, was a lie. McCollum and Reid had willingly become drug traffickers out of a combination of greed and stupidity (heavy emphasis on the latter). Currently available on Netflix, High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule is a four-part docuseries about the Peru Two’s ordeal that specifically focuses on McCollum, who’s both interviewed at length in—as well as provides narration for—this non-fiction affair. There’s a severe disconnect between McCollum’s natural and revealing off-the-cuff commentary during her on-camera segments and her laughably over-rehearsed scripted remarks, which...
    Authorities seized a record $33 million worth of methamphetamine during a recent bust in Norco, federal officials said. About 3,552 pounds of methamphetamine and 145 pounds of cocaine were seized during the bust in late September by the Los Angeles Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fontana Police Department, according to authorities. The meth haul was a record for federal drug enforcement officers based in Los Angeles. Officials said they had been tracking a drug trafficking ring believed to be part of Mexico’s Sinaloa crime cartel at the time of the bust. Investigators pinpointed a stash house in Norco, authorities said, and in a raid discovered the meth cache, with an estimated street value of $33 million, inside the garage. “Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine are highly addictive, dangerous and killing people at alarming rates,” said L.A. DEA Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner. “This massive seizure likely saved lives and prevented the Sinaloa cartel from doing business and profiting on the lives of people in our communities.” Authorities said Los Angeles is “a major transshipment...
    The rise in cartel violence across tourist hotspots in Mexico should be a cause of concern for American tourists, security analysts have revealed. Top destinations throughout the Mexican Caribbean and Pacific coast have been marred by incidents that have put innocent victims in the middle of crossfire, but it has not been enough to dissuade U.S. travelers from visiting Mexico. Mexico received 10.26 million international arrivals from January to June 2022, eclipsing pre-pandemic levels, according to Mexico's Tourism Department. The totals included 6.6 million visitors by air from the United States, an increase of 19.1 percent than the same period of 2019. At least 3.4 million American citizens landed at Cancun International Airport during the first half of 2022 for visits to Cancún and the neighboring tourist towns of Playa del Carmen, Tulum, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. SEE VIDEO BELOW  Security cameras show how armed drug dealing gang wandered through Hyatt beach front hotel in Mexico before gunning down two rival dealers in November 2021 The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is said to have been...
    Steven Gerrard has been seen on a video partying with the Irish drug cartel boss whose son is allegedly  dating his daughter. The former Liverpool star and current Aston Villa manager, 42, can be viewed on the mobile phone footage speaking to a fan on a video call. In the video Gerrard kisses the screen and Liam Byrne - the head of a drug cartel's operations in Britain and Ireland - gives the thumbs up. The footballer's daughter Lilly-Ella, 18, is allegedly dating Byrne's son Lee, 23. In the video Byrne offers to organise a dinner between them and Gerard, while the legendary midfielder says he will get him to a game with the Reds. Byrne is a top target for Irish police investigating the alleged activities of the Kinahan cartel and a gang named in the High Court as the Byrne Organised Crime Group, of which he is at the head. Steven Gerard has no involvement in crime and there is no suggestion he has any knowledge of criminal activities. MailOnline did not get any response from his representative about the video in...
    A drug that's contributed to the deaths of tens-of-thousands of Americans last year has been found hidden in Skittles and Nerds packaging and could be peddled to young children via social media. During the period of May 23 to Sept 8 this year, 10.2 million fentanyl pills and about 980 pounds of fentanyl powder were seized by the the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative. Of the 390 cases investigated during this period, 51 cases have been linked to overdose poisonings and 35 cases link directly to one or both of the primary Mexican cartels responsible for the majority of fentanyl in the United States – the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).  In addition, 129 investigations are linked to social media platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and TikTok. The DEA have sent a stern warning to parents to educate themselves as children prepare for the spooky season, with a former DEA specialist warning that 'this is not a drug issue, it's a mass poisoning.' Parents are being urged...
    Rainbow Fentanyl / dea.gov The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States. As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law enforcement partners seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder during the period of May 23 through Sept. 8, 2022. The amount of fentanyl taken off the streets during this surge is equivalent to more than 36 million lethal doses removed from the illegal drug supply. Additionally, 338 weapons were seized, including rifles, shotguns, pistols, and hand grenades. Of the 390 cases investigated during this period, 51 cases are linked to overdose poisonings and 35 cases link directly to one or both of the primary Mexican cartels responsible for the majority of fentanyl in the United States – the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). In addition, 129 investigations are linked to...
    "Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)," the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration notes. "Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico," according to the DEA. Some GOP lawmakers have backed legislation that would allow the distribution of fentanyl that leads to someone's death to be punishable as a felony murder charge. "Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling the trigger of a gun," GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said, according to press releases. "If drug dealers and cartels push this deadly substance, they will face justice."
    Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted Wednesday he believes the U.S. should “bomb” the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico over an abundance of fentanyl coming across the border into the U.S. The Florida Republican spoke at length about the deadly drug as he addressed the House Judiciary Committee. “It irks me every time I hear someone talk about fentanyl overdoses because no one overdoses on fentanyl because I don’t think anybody really sets out to, like, score some fentanyl for a good time,” he said. Gaetz said drugs such as cocaine are harder to come by, as they are popular. “But since people don’t set out to use fentanyl, since it’s something we don’t want in our country, we should be totally capable of stopping it,” he argued. The Washington Examiner shared a portion of Gaetz’s comments on Twitter, and he retweeted it with a suggestion: bomb Mexico’s largest drug cartel. Bomb Sinaloa. Not kidding. https://t.co/xQnAsPeQQE — Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 21, 2022 Gaetz is not the first Republican to suggest using the U.S. military...
    Republican lawmakers introduced legislation that would designate several Mexican drug cartels operating in the United States as foreign terrorist organizations. Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rick Scott (R-FL) announced the introduction of the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act, which would designate several leading Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, expanding the ways in which the U.S. could combat them. “The illicit drugs and other deadly activities being carried out by cartels are killing Americans at record rates. Since Joe Biden and the Democrats continue to turn a blind eye, we are going to do something about it by designating the drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” Marshall said in a press release on Wednesday. “As these cartels continue to invade our porous southern border in an increasingly militarized approach, this designation is needed to ramp up our efforts to combat them. We will not rest in our fight to stop fentanyl’s terrible scourge wreaking havoc in Kansas and across the U.S.” INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS ILLEGALLY DRAINING WATER SUPPLIES TO GROW PLANTS, STATE SENATOR CLAIMS “Fentanyl is...
    A Mexican court has granted home confinement to Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the notorious former drug lord whose cartel was responsible for the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Kiki Camarena. Félix Gallardo, who is known as 'The Boss of the Bosses' and 'The Godfather,' has been in prison since 1989 for the kidnapping and killing of Camarena. A court sentenced the 76-year-old to 40 years in prison in 1989 for crimes that included racketeering, firearms possession and bribery. However, it wasn't until 2017 that a court found him guilty of the special agent's murder and handed him a 37-year sentence. Last Wednesday, a judge with the Seventh District of Federal Criminal Proceedings court approved Félix Gallardo's remaining sentence to be served in the confines of his residence because of his poor health.  While the sentence for racketeering, firearms possession and bribery ends in 2029, he will still have to serve the sentence for Camarena's killing. DailyMail.com reached out to the DEA for comment. Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (pictured in a 2021 interview with Telemundo) was granted home confinement...
    A NEWLY-APPOINTED police chief has been killed in a brutal cartel execution in Mexico. Chilling pictures of a beheaded corpse emerged after Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado was gunned down on August 6. 1Newly-appointed police chief Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado was gunned down in an alleged cartel attack in MexicoCredit: Foro TV Alvarado was patrolling bars in Culiacán when the horror attack unfolded near the Sinoloa State Prosecutor’s Office. He was ambushed while being escorted by two patrol cars, El Financiero reported. He was shot several times by alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel, according to Mexican media outlets. The Sinaloa group was formed in the late 80s and is believed to be the primary supplier of heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA, and fentanyl into the US. read more on cartelsDRENCHED IN BLOOD Eleven murdered in 24hr cartel spree as drug gangs dump severed headsMR BIG I was one of the world's biggest drug smugglers - until my huge secret was revealed The cartel pioneered the use of tunnels dug underneath the US-Mexico border to send drugs into America. Horror pictures, which...
    CARTEL gangsters have murdered at least 11 people in just 24 hours amid a horror killing spree in Mexico. In just one day, drug gangs dumped severed heads and shot women - with one body found alongside a chilling note. 2The city of Tijuana has seen a spree of cartel gang murdersCredit: Zeta Tijuana 2Cops have discovered decapitated heads and chilling notesCredit: Zeta Tijuana The city of Tijuana has seen a shocking surge in cartel violence - with 188 murders last month, bringing the total for 2022 to a staggering 1,098. In just one day, 11 deaths were recorded - including a triple murder. Three men - Cristian Alexis Luna, 27, Ricardo Aguirre Rodríguez, 25, and Gary Michael, 31 - were shot dead on Sunday. Cops found more than 30 shell cases, many of which were from a 9mm calibre pistols, and two cars damaged from gunfire at the scene, reports Zeta. Read more from MexicoHORROR PLUNGE Moment Uber Eats driver, 26, is THROWN off bridge by driver in shocking rowMONKEY ATTACK Girl almost gets scalped teasing spider monkey in...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was hailed by U.S. authorities as an example of cooperation with Mexico in the fight against drugs. But in fact Caro Quintero had been the source of 37 years of tension between the two countries. Caro Quintero was one of the primary suppliers of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Mexican marines captured him in the mountains of northwest Mexico Friday. Mexico had been slow in going after the former leader of the Guadalajara cartel for killing U.S. DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, as well as several other U.S. citizens around the same time. The U.S. had to nearly shut down border traffic to pressure Mexico to go after Caro Quintero in the 1980s, but even then the Mexican legal system wasn’t able to hold him in jail: in 2013 he walked out of prison on an erroneous decision by a Mexican appeals court, and had returned to his drug trafficking operations. This time, Mexico...
    “There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “Today’s arrest is the culmination of tireless work by DEA and their Mexican partners to bring Caro Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the torture and execution of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena. We will be seeking his immediate extradition to the United States so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending.” Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. However, he walked free after 28 years when an appeals court shortened his sentence. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence, but Caro Quintero sped off in a vehicle waiting for him. The U.S. requested his extradition in 2013 when he was released from prison, but he had already been set free. He was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, and a $20 million bounty...
    Cartel drug lord on FBI's most wanted list arrested in Mexico
    One of the two illegal aliens accused of plotting a mass shooting on the Fourth of July is allegedly linked to a Mexican drug cartel, court records reveal. As Breitbart News reported, 52-year-old illegal alien Julio Alvardo Dubon and 38-year-old illegal alien Rolman Balacarcel Ac, both Guatemalan nationals, were arrested by the Richmond Police Department for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at the city’s July 4th celebration in the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater in Richmond, Virginia. The mass shooting plot was thwarted thanks to an American “hero citizen” who called in a tip, according to police. Court records and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency confirmed that Dubon and Ac are illegal aliens with detainers. Now, the Associated Press (AP) reports that a search warrant affidavit alleges that Ac is linked to Los Zetas Cartel which operates much of the drug trafficking and human smuggling along the Texas-Mexico border. When the search warrant was executed at his residence, Ac allegedly provided detectives with two Colorado driver’s licenses, identification from Guatemala, and identification from Mexico. Dubon arrived years ago on a nonimmigrant visa but overstayed...
    New York’s “No Bail” law, approved by statewide Democrats in 2019, has helped free from jail two Mexican drug cartel smugglers arrested with about $1.2 million worth of crystal meth. This week, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York announced the arrests of 19-year-old Luis Estrada and 34-year-old Carlos Santos — both from southern California — for charges related to smuggling crystal meth. According to investigators, Estrada was arrested on July 5 with more than 40 pounds of crystal meth in his possession. Estrada also had two cellphones and a room key to a lower Manhattan hotel. Then, on July 8, Santos was arrested with more than 100 pounds of crystal meth in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. Like Estrada, Santos was carrying two cellphones and, in addition, had cocaine on his person. Santos, investigators allege, drove a rental car across the United States to smuggle the drugs to New York. Both Estrada and Santos’s shipments of crystal meth are suspected to have originated in Mexico where the Mexican drug cartels produce illicit drugs...
    THE WORLD'S most dangerous cartel Clan del Golfo has transformed the world of cocaine - unleashing a "tsunami" of the dangerous drug into Europe and America. Working with the mafia, the clan is linking up with criminals across the world and is now churning out more of the drug than the infamous narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar. 9Darío Úsuga was the head of Clan Del Golfo - known as Otoniel 9Otoniel's wife Blanca Madrid and her sister Martha - both of whom he is said to have paid to have plastic surgery 9A handgun covered with gold and money seized from a member of the Clan Del GolfoCredit: AFP The Clan del Golfo is thought to smuggle 180 to 200 tonnes of cocaine out of Colombia every year - more than at the height of the Colombian kingpin's power. It commands an army of 1,800 foot soldiers, mainly recruited from paramilitary groups. Until recently, it was run by Dario Antonio Úsuga David - known as Otoniel. Among his long list of alleged crimes is forcing girls as young as 12...
    One of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels posted a social media video where they asked other cartels in the country to keep the violence amongst themselves and to avoid hurting innocents, especially priests and pastors. The video comes just two weeks after a cell of the Sinaloa Cartel murdered two Catholic priests inside a church sparking international outrage. In a video released this week on social media, gunmen from Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) delivered a message on behalf of their leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. In the video, they claim that they do not bother any religion and leave pastors and priests alone. The video shows a group of gunmen in tactical gear with the men in the back carrying .50 caliber rifles while a group in the front carry what appear to be belt-fed light machine guns. In the message, an unknown man speaking on behalf of the cartel calls on other criminal organizations to avoid targeting church figures. “They deserve a special respect. They are persons who only dedicate themselves to deliver the word of God...
    A BRIT who spent 15 years with Colombia's most deadly drug cartels has described a world of blood, cocaine and a strange mix of black magic & "holy" hitmen. He also described the moment a narcos gunman threatened to kill him as he covered the country's bloody drug wars. 10Brit journalist Toby Muse spent 15 years covering Colombia's drug gangsCredit: Instagram/@tobysmuse 10Members of Colombia's deadly Clan del Golfo drugs cartelCredit: AFP 10Soldiers from the Clan del Golfo - one of Colombia's largest drug cartels Investigate journalist Toby Muse gained the trust of key cartel members, offering him unparalleled access to the bloodthirsty gangs who run Colombia's cocaine trade with military-like efficiency and brutal violence. Toby, whose book Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels was published in 2020, told The Sun Online how he got close to the men and women at every level of the drugs gangs, from the lowest coca farmers to the cocaine kingpins, and the cold-blooded assassins who carry out their hits. In the process, he also gained an insight into the "tsunami" of cocaine flooding the world,...
    A Mexican border state prosecutor faces drug trafficking charges after U.S. authorities reportedly found more than 66 pounds of meth in his vehicle when he tried to drive into California. Last week, Octavio Andree Espino Torres tried to drive a 2016 Nissan Versa through the international port of entry in San Ysidro, a criminal complaint filed in federal court revealed. During the crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had his vehicle scanned with an X-ray device and a police dog. In the rear of the vehicle, authorities reportedly found 45 bricks consisting of 66 pounds of methamphetamine. Since then, a magistrate judge in California has ordered Espino be held without bond. Prior to his arrest, Espino was a high-ranking prosecutor with the Baja California Attorney General’s Office (FGE). The FGE revealed that Espino originally worked on juvenile crimes but was later moved to administrative duties as a top assistant to leadership. However, he did not have an official title as secretary to the AG. The statement came after news outlets in Mexico claimed Espino was the personal assistant to...
    A MEXICAN cartel has slaughtered two priests inside a church after they allegedly prevented the drug traffickers from killing a man in their sanctuary. Mexican authorities said on Tuesday June 26 that they are searching for the bodies of the three people slain in the church in Cerocahui in Chihuahua state - a remote mountainous area of northern Mexico. 5Joaquín César Mora Salazar was killed in a church 5Jesuit priest Javier Campos Morales was also killed 5Two priests and a tour guide were shot dead in the church in the Tarahumara mountains in the province of Chihuahua, MexicoCredit: Getty Jesuit Catholic priests Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, 80, were shot dead as they tried to help a man, identified as a "tour guide" Pedro Eliodoro Palma. The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua, along the United States border confirmed Palma had taken refuge in the church to protect himself from an attack from a drug gang. "They entered the church, chased a person and murdered him. Apparently the priests came out and they were also killed," President Andres...
    A monkey in a small camouflage jacket and a diaper was among the dead following a cartel-related shootout Tuesday that left 11 people dead in Mexico. The shooting took place in the city of Texcaltitlan in the state of Mexico during a confrontation between members of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel and the Mexican National Guard with members of the Attorney General's Office, according to the Mexico Daily Post. AT CARTEL EXTERMINATION SITE, MEXICO NEARS 100,000 MISSING The report said 10 men died on the scene, while one man died later in the hospital, in addition to 10 people being detained by authorities. The owner of the pet monkey was reportedly a member of the La Familia Michoacana cartel in his 20s. The monkey died on top of the body of its owner, although it is unknown whether gunshots killed the monkey itself. The monkey, seen in photos confirmed by state of Mexico authorities, was wearing a camouflage jacket, a bulletproof vest, and a diaper at the time of its death. POLICE IN...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican narcos’ fascination with exotic animals was on display this week after a spider monkey dressed up as a drug gang mascot was killed in a shootout, a 450-pound (200 kilogram) tiger wandered the streets in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, and a man died after trying to pet a captive tiger in a cartel-dominated area of western Michoacan state. Like scenes out of a narco television series, exotic animals have been long been part of the Mexican criminal underworld. Photos from the scene of a shootout Tuesday with police in which 11 drug gang members died, showed a small monkey — dressed in a tiny camouflage jacket and a tiny “bullet-proof” vest — sprawled across the body of a dead gunman who was apparently his owner. Authorities in the State of Mexico confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and said it was unclear whether the monkey — which was also wearing a diaper — died in the hail of bullets that killed his owner. “A primate was killed at the scene, which...
    A FEARED Colombian cartel believed to be working with the mafia in a "Supergang" drugs partnership is allegedly behind a record 4.3 tonne haul of cocaine worth more than £200million seized in Italy. The Clan del Golfo's leader was recently extradited to the US following a dramatic jungle raid branded the most significant since the fall of Pablo Escobar. 6Italian police have made a record cocaine bust of 4.3 tonnes 6The drug have an estimated street value of more than £205mCredit: Reuters 6Clan del Golfo's leader Dairo Antonio Usuga David was captured last yearCredit: EPA On Tuesday, Italian police announced they had seized 4.3 tonnes of cocaine worth a staggering 240 million Euros (more than £205m) in the northern city of Trieste. Describing it as one of the biggest-ever drug seizures in Europe, police said it came at the end of an international investigation that saw arrest warrants issued in six different countries. In total, 38 people are wanted in Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Slovenia following a year-long investigation. The cocaine was reportedly smuggled into Europe by the...
    A former U.S. marine who ran a drug-smuggling organization that worked with several Mexican drug cartels will now spend 16 years in prison. The former Marine conspired to smuggle at least 10 tons of cocaine into the US each month. This week, 50-year-old Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr., a former U.S. Marine, went before a U.S. District Court judge in San Diego who sentenced him to 16 years in prison for his role as the leader of a drug-smuggling group that trafficked tons of cocaine from South America into Mexico. Ten tons of drug shipments eventually made their way into the U.S. on a monthly basis. Dominguez had previously pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges last fall. Mexican authorities arrested him in Mexico and after two years in a Mexican prison, they extradited him to the U.S. in 2016. The smuggling group worked with several Mexican drug cartels, including organizations that are at war with each other like the Sinaloa Cartel and Cartel Jalisco New Generation. Dominguez got into the drug business after being unable to find work after being...
    MEXICAN drug gangs behind years of brutal murders are now suspected of taking the life of an innocent Brit last Tuesday. Ben Crozer, 37, was shopping at a Mexican supermarket with two friends when all three were targeted by a gunman and shot dead in the Western city of Colima. 11Ben Corser appears to be an innocent victim caught up in the violence in ColimaCredit: SWNS 11Various drug cartels vie for power in Mexico with port cities and the borders with the US considered ideal turf for drug trafficking There has been an upsurge in violence in the area since a local drug gang switched allegiance to the powerful Sinaloa cartel. His distraught parents said Ben, who had been living with a Mexican-American family, was in the " wrong place at the wrong time". Innocent victim Ben is the second Brit to be murdered in Mexico in just three months, after property developer Chris Cleave, 54, was shot in front of his 14-year-old daughter in March. But Mexico's drug wars are believed to be responsible for around 300,000...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government announced sanctions Thursday against six people in Mexico, including a police official, for aiding the Jalisco drug cartel. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, says the police official gave information to Mexico’s most violent and powerful gang. The office said Jalisco local police coordinator Severo Flores Mendoza “provides law enforcement information to CJNG in exchange for bribes.” The sanctions also target Julio Cesar Montero Pinzon, allegedly a hitman for the cartel in the resort of Puerto Vallarta. The sanctions also target relatives of deceased Jalisco cartel lieutenant Saul Alejandro Rincon Godoy. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said “violence and corruption have been critical to CJNG’s growth in the past decade.” Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI (AP) — Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, an elderly leader of the former Cali cartel that smuggled vast amounts of cocaine from Colombia to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, has died in a U.S. prison, his lawyer said Wednesday. In 2020, a judge had denied Rodríguez Orejuela, who was in his 80s, early release on compassionate grounds from a prison in Butner, North Carolina. His attorney, David O. Markus, had said at the time that the former drug kingpin was suffering a range of health problems. “We were very sad to learn about his passing last night,″ Markus said Wednesday. ″Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.” Rodríguez Orejuela and his brother, Miguel, built a huge criminal enterprise that succeeded the Medellin cartel once run by drug lord Pablo Escobar. Both operations used violence and killings extensively for intimidation and enforcement. The Rodríguez Orejuela brothers were captured in 1995 and imprisoned in Colombia. At that point, Colombian law prohibited the extradition of its nationals. But under pressure from the U.S, Colombia lifted...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An accused drug cartel boss is locked up in Chicago on trafficking charges, but it is what he's not charged with that is the most brutal part of the case.Forty-three students in Mexico vanished back in 2014; their disappearance was tied to a blood-thirsty drug cartel known as the Guerreros Unidos. Even by the standards of the drug cartel business that is built on violence and death, it is an especially haunting case.Now, the alleged leader of that cartel is in Chicago being held on trafficking and money laundering charges.Casarrubias Salgado was extradited to Chicago and is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.Salgado, famously nicknamed "El Tomate," is charged with overseeing a heroin distribution syndicate here and was brought from Mexico to face charges in Chicago.The I-Team recently spoke with Bob Bell, the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago field office, about the challenges in 2022 of controlling cartel trafficking here."I would just simply say that in the United States, we have our work for certain laid out before us and...
    The Texas gun store where the Uvalde school shooter purchased his rifles previously sold 10,000 rounds of ammunition to a smuggler, who intended to transport it across the border to a Mexican cartel. Oasis Outback, based in the city, received Salvador Ramos's online order from Georgia-based seller Daniel Defense.  The 18-year-old purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P15, an AR-15-style rifle, and a Daniel Defense DDM4 rifle - buying the first on May 17, the day after his birthday, and the second rifle on May 20. The DDM4 was the weapon with which he murdered 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on May 24. It has now emerged that Oasis Outback was well known for selling ammunition to a smuggler, destined for a Mexican cartel. Oasis Outback in Uvalde, a hunting and outdoor sports store, sold the gun used in the Uvalde shooting to 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. It also sold 10,000 rounds of ammunition to a smuggler, destined for a Mexican cartel Ramos bought one rifle on May 17 from Oasis Outback - the day after his...
    Wilkins said the amount of drugs flowing through upstate South Carolina is at the highest level he's ever seen. “It is much more significant," he said. "There’s much more volume flowing into our communities. It’s much more organized, as seen in this case. Thousands of kilos of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine were pumping into Greenville County.” He said the street value of the more than 1,000 kilos of methamphetamine seized by law enforcement is over $75 million. South Carolina partnered with Georgia and federal authorities to make the drug bust. Information from the Los Banditos investigation was used to make another bust in Atlanta, where authorities seized approximately 200 kilos (441 pounds) of methamphetamine, 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds) of cocaine, 3.2 kilos (7 pounds) of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, 183 pounds of marijuana, 900 Xanax pills, and multiple firearms from stash houses in apartments, the attorney general's office said. Investigators alleged the drug operation was linked to a Mexican drug cartel. Attorney General Wilson said that drugs in the southeast are typically trafficked...
    A trio from Nashville pleaded guilty to smuggling millions of dollars worth of fentanyl and heroin into Texas and then on to several U.S. cities for a Mexican drug cartel. The group moved multiple drug loads from the border region to their final destination in Tennessee before being arrested by authorities last year. This week, two U.S. citizens, 23-year-old Liz Jomayra Diaz-Colon and 30-year-old Elias Herrera appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge in McAllen, Texas, where they pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy charges. Another member of the group, 30-year-old Jonathan Guemez, pleaded guilty to a similar charge in December. The drug loads seized by investigators are valued at more than $1.6 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas revealed. It remains unclear how many drug loads the group was able to move before they were arrested. Court documents do not name the drug cartel the smugglers worked for. According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, the case began on August 20, 2021, when Diaz-Colon arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a...
    JASPER, Georgia – Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake told The Georgia Star News she plans to secure the southern border of the United States with her “Defend Arizona” policy, which includes the destruction of drug tunnels and surveillance drones used by Mexican drug cartels. The Republican frontrunner traveled to Georgia on Thursday to support David Perdue in his bid to upset incumbent governor Brian Kemp. “When we discover drug tunnels, we’re going to blow them up. We’re not just going to pour a little bit of cement in where they can easily jackhammer that out and start running drugs again,” Lake said. Violence is raging as migrants pour across the southern border, largely unchallenged. Just Thursday, veteran journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was found dead, bringing the 2022 total slayed news correspondents to nine. The former Phoenix television news anchor blames the escalating border crisis on President Biden, who she said is “trying to destroy this country.” Lake had harsh criticisms for Biden, whom she called an “illegitimate president” and someone who “we’re not going to take orders from”...
    An off-duty cop was robbed and killed, and multiple vehicles were set on fire over the last 24 hours as part of the Gulf Clan’s response to the extradition of cartel leader Dairo Antonio ‘Otoniel’ Úsuga to the United States this week. Police officer Edison Acevedo, who was assigned to the police department in the municipality of Caracolí in the department of Antioquia, was heading home Friday morning after finishing his patrol tour when he was ambushed on a road, TeleMedellín television reported. The network said that cops at the stationhouse asked Acevedo to stick around and not travel alone due to the dangers that persisted in the region after the Gulf Clan had announced its plans of a four-day ‘national strike’ aimed at destabilizing Antioquia as well as the departments of Bolívar, Sucre and Córdoba. One of cartel's retaliative attacks were captured by a surveillance camera and showed the moment a male individual rode on the back of a motorcycle and opened fired at a group of people in the middle of a street in the northern department of...
    Mexican authorities arrested the suspected leader of one of the country's most powerful cartels, according to the Mexican navy and a state prosecutor's office. Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, known as "XL" or "Frank," was arrested last week in Mazatlan, Mexico, in an operation carried out by navy agents. Rodriguez Hernandez, the alleged leader of a local arm of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Morelos, is wanted for aggravated homicide, including the murders of three doctors in April 2020, according to CBS News. "In addition to the above, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Hernandez is wanted for the crime of criminal association, and is one of the main generators of violence in the state of Morelos," the Morelos Attorney General's Office said in a statement. HOUSE DEMOCRAT BLASTS GOP COLLEAGUES FOR MAYORKAS BORDER SECURITY QUESTIONING Rodriguez Hernandez is also accused of running laboratories that produce synthetic drugs. Authorities offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest in July 2021. The Department of Justice considered the Jalisco cartel to be "one of the five most dangerous...
    Fifteen members of one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court to helping smuggle tons quantities of drugs into Texas. The cartel members will be sentenced later this year. The convicted drug smugglers are all part of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, a criminal organization based in Nuevo Laredo The cartel is responsible for a large part of the violence in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas and for several violent crimes in South Texas. This week, Gustavo Alberto Duenes-Perez, went before a U.S. District Judge and pleaded guilty to various drug conspiracy charges. Duenes-Perez is the fifteenth member of the CDN-Los Zetas to plead guilty in recent days. All fifteen members will be sentenced in June. The cartel members along with several other individuals who remain unnamed in a multicount criminal indictment are all accused of working for the CDN-Los Zetas cartel. According to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, the case began in March 2019 when agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspected drug cartel gunmen abducted two off-duty female soldiers at gunpoint in the early hours of Thursday, the Mexican army said. The commander of the army headquarters in the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta said the two women were vacationing there when they were kidnapped just after midnight. “They were kidnapped for the simple reason that they belonged to the army,” Gen. Vicente Pérez López said. “They had nothing to do with any operational issues.” The two had rented a property in Puerto Vallarta and “were enjoying the beach … on vacation,” he said, calling it “a cowardly act.” He said the kidnappers were believed to be members of a drug gang “because of the way in which they operated.” He said a search was being conducted by the army, navy and National Guard, including the use of helicopters. Pérez López identified the two as a sergeant posted as an office worker and a second lieutenant who teaches at an army school. The army employs very few civilians or outside contractors,...
    Six men who allegedly worked for a Mexican cartel are facing possible life terms in prison if they are convicted on federal drug conspiracy charges. The men are accused of operating a cocaine smuggling cell based in south Texas. This week, a federal grand jury handed down a multi-count drug trafficking conspiracy indictment against Oscar Obed Manzanares, 22, Jose Bernardo Gonzalez-Gomez, 55, Jose Santiago Luna-Duran, 45, Arlando Garcia-Garcia, 40, and Martin Vela-Alanis, 58, and 35-year-old Martin Adrusbel Vela. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the indictment. The men have been in federal custody since the initial arrest in March. Four of the men are Mexican nationals with legal status in the country, while the other two are U.S. citizens. A conviction on drug conspiracy charges carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum one of life in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed. The case began on March 22, when agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested the six men after a surveillance operation and a raid. Federal prosecutors claim that men crossed the border from Mexico to the...
    Although some of the trespassers are still being turned back under Title 42 for the time being, ICE is preparing to release 600,000 by September. Deane Dougherty, ICE’s juvenile coordinator, wrote in a court filing that he expects a “historic border surge, with projections forecasted to triple current arrivals” and expects to release 3,000 a day into our communities “for a population of up to 600,000 by the end of the fiscal year.” According to the Washington Times, the document revealed that about half of those caught in March were expelled under Title 42, but CBP released more than 65,000 people on its own just last month. The agency is planning to up that number to 100,000 per month. It is unfathomable how many criminals, public charges, and gang members are being brought in every day, not to mention the drugs. ICE already had 3.6 million people on its non-detained docket as of last September, including more than 400,000 convicted criminals and at least 600,000 fugitives who are defying deportation orders. Again, those are just the known criminals and...
    A prominent South Texas attorney will spend nearly four years in federal prison for his role in selling information to Mexican cartel smugglers. This week, McAllen Attorney Eric Jarvis went before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa, who sentenced him to three years and eight months in prison on the charge of “violating the Travel Act” for sending court documents and other information through a phone messaging app to Gulf Cartel-linked smugglers in South Texas. Jarvis pleaded guilty on July 26, 2021, and was set to be sentenced in October, however, his hearing kept getting postponed until this week. Local reporter David Hendricks was the first to report: ICYMI: Attorney Eric Jarvis of Mission, who sold court documents to drug smugglers, was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison. Jarvis paid 10 cents a page for the documents — and sold them for $1,000.https://t.co/CnPxVckTxM via @ProgressTimes #rgv pic.twitter.com/cy5XciUBud — Dave Hendricks (@dmhj) April 20, 2022 Court documents from the case revealed that Jarvis worked with the late Angel Haziel Herrera and members of his smuggling cells. The attorney would...
    At least six soldiers killed when their convoy was attacked by members of a drug cartel in the central Colombian department of Antioquia.  Troops from the Army's Fourth Brigade were traveling through in the Frontino township of Nutibara on Tuesday night when their truck was overturned by explosives, the National Army said in a statement. The victims have been identified as Edwar Agudelo; Emir Zabaleta; Yonaiker Cordero; Juan Lozano; Kevin Altamiranda; and Héctor Buelvas.  Six other soldiers - whose names have not been released - were wounded and were treated by combat medics and later evacuated to medical facilities, the army said in a statement.  The military has launched a search mission to locate four soldiers reported missing in the area. Colombian Army soldiers Héctor Buelvas (left),  Juan Lozano (center) and  Kevin Altamiranda (right) are among the six servicemen who were killed Tuesday night after an explosive blew up near their convoy in the department of Antioquia. Six other soldiers were wounded and four more remained missing as of Wednesday  Edwar Castaño (left), Yonaiker Cordero (center) and Emir Zabaleta (right) have been...
    Police in Sterling Heights, Michigan, released footage showing officers chasing a car with what they said was an illegal immigrant who was transporting at least 20,000 fentanyl pills from a drug cartel in Mexico. Police noticed a strange BMW with tinted windows at about 5:50 p.m. April 8 as it was headed north through the city, authorities said. An attempt was made to stop the car, but the vehicle fled and drove into a dead-end road where a chase ensued on foot, according to a report. WATCH: WOMAN MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVES COLLAPSE UNDER MOVING TRAIN When a search of the car was performed, at least 20,000 fentanyl pills were found stashed in hidden compartments, police said. They were falsely marked as OxyContin, a prescription pill, the report noted. Up to 500 grams of powder fentanyl were also seized. Altogether, the narcotics are valued at more than $350,000, police said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER A Mexican man and a woman, both illegally in the United States, were...