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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Arrested: Mexico's Sinaloa Drug Chief Taken Alive

  1. Rob Cypher
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.

    A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the Drug Enforcement Administration's most-wanted list. His drug empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far away as Europe and Australia. His cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for the last several years. years.

    Alicia A. Caldwall
    Associated Press
    February 22, 2014



  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    he is the guy who had a habit of walking in restaurants, getting his security to lock the doors and collect cellphones, and later paid for everyone present after he' s done with his meal. He was often called The Boss by locals
  2. whatstheproblem
    does anyone think that this is going to have any impact of the "war" on drugs? that its going to make a dent in anything? other than more violence, its not gonna make a difference in the amount of frequency of drugs to America or anywhere else. just a publicity thing but at the end of the day, it really means absolutely nothing.

    even think about this. now this would never happen, but lets just say the Sinola implode on itself and every member vanished into thin air cause of this arrest. do you think that would even make a difference. nope, another organization would be right there to meet the demand. wonder how much time, resources, money and other bullshit was wasted in arresting Mr. Guzman

    legalize everything and call it a day.
  3. Xplicit
    I don't think it will do shit because this isn't a question of the morality of drug usage its a question of a corrupt government serving its own interests. The U.S funds these guys with weapons and thats why Mexico is so fucked up with violence. The war on drugs is one of the stupidest things ever, its pointless and absolutely backwards.

    But the Sinaloa Cartel are scum and any cartel is that for that matter , they have murdered countless innocent people, I've seen a snuff film of a guy getting his head chainsawed off and another of a guy getting his head cut off with a knife while he was alive and awake by the cartel over some lost drugs. Drugs do cause problems but mostly because the stupid government allows such a thing. If prohibition of drugs ended their wouldn't be a fucking cartel killing people, there wouldn't be any blood shed in Mexico or Columbia over drugs and HEY best of all we get the drugs we want without bullshit, if drug manufacturing is put in the had of trustworthy professionals there wouldn't be so many deaths related to cheap drugs laced with dangerous shit like Fentanyl laced Heroin or Aspirin laced Cocaine, or extremely toxic unpure meth where people die over the quality of the product. So many things are wrong with the war on drugs, not only is it pointless and stupid but it cannot be won. Prohibition is pointless, in the end of the day we get our dope one way or the other and these idiots continue to spend millions and billions on fighting a unwinable war not to mention people die and stupid things happen because of the war on drugs.
  4. Hey :-)
    Hundreds march in Mexico for release of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

    More than 1,000 people took to the streets Wednesday, including schoolchildren, chanting 'Release him!' The world's most-wanted narcotics kingpin is said to have caused the deaths of 10,000 people in Mexican drug wars.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37496&stc=1&d=1393572615[/IMGL]‘We love Chapo and respect him more than any law,’ reads a banner at mass rally in Mexican state of Sinaloa demanding the release of drug baron Joaquin Guzman.

    One person's drug lord is another's local hero.

    Hundreds marched, danced and chanted in the streets Wednesday, bearing signs reading "We want Chapo free" and "We Love Chapo" in the capital of Sinaloa state.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37497&stc=1&d=1393572762[/IMGL]Young women wear headbands emblazoned with the name of the world’s most-wanted drug lord during Mexican protest demanding the release of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ (Shorty) Guzman, who was arrested Saturday after 13 years of being on the lam.

    Guzman, whose nickname means shorty, is the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, the biggest organized crime syndicate in the country and the source of most illegal drugs flooding the United States.

    After a 13-year manhunt, he was captured with a shot being fired on Saturday in the coastal resort town of Mazatlan. The legendary crime lord has been the subject of urban lore in Mexico and has several folk songs, known as "narcocorridos" written about him.

    ‘We want Chapo free’ reads sign held by demonstrator in a raucous march Wednesday in the home state of Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was captured Saturday in a police raid.

    One woman in the Culiacan march touted a sign that said "Chapo, give me a child."

    Among the marchers were children in their school uniforms.

    Mexican federal judges ruled Tuesday that Guzman, 56, must face separate trials on charges relating to drug trafficking and organized crime. Authorities said he will not be extradited any time soon to the U.S., where federal indictments have been filed against him in states including California, Illinois and New York.

    Police tried to break up Wednesday's protest after some participants threw water bottles at them. Tear gas was fired by officers and some demonstrators were arrested.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37499&stc=1&d=1393573059[/IMGL]‘El Chapo is the defender and protector of the community and we demand his liberation,’ reads bottom sign held by masked protester at massive rally Wednesday calling for the release of drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was captured Saturday in police and military raid.

    "We support Chapo Guzman because he is the one who gives us jobs and helps out in the mountains," said Pedro Ramirez, who said he traveled with 300 others from Guzman's home town of Badiraguato.

    Many said the cartel's multibillion drug business provides to poor villagers. Others said the crime syndicate's presence stopped rival cartels from terrorizing residents of Sinaloa.

    In other states in Mexico, most notably Michoacan, narcotics rings demand "protection" payments from ordinary businesses and citizens and routinely kill those who don't pay.

    Guzman escaped a Mexican federal prison in 2001 after bribing guards who smuggled him out the front door in a laundry basket.

    By Deborah Hastings
    Photographs Fernando Brito, AFP, Getty Images & Daniel Becerril, Reuters.
    Thursday 27 February 2014
    New York Daily News
  5. Hey :-)
    Mexican police fail to stop second protest for drug lord

    Police in northern Mexico detained about 100 people Sunday in a failed attempt to stop a second demonstration in less than a week to voice support for captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37586&stc=1&d=1104783997[/IMGR]A march Wednesday demanding Guzman's release drew about 1,000 supporters into the streets of Culiacan, the capital of northern Sinaloa state, which is the home base of the Sinaloa Cartel purportedly led by Guzman.

    In the rally Sunday afternoon, a crowd of about 150 people gathered at a shrine to Jesus Malverde, a folk saint viewed as the patron or protector of people involved in the drug trade.

    Some shouted "Long live Chapo!"

    Messages on social networking sites had urged people to gather at the shrine for a march in favor of Guzman, who is alleged to be the hemisphere's most powerful drug lord and who some local residents say provided jobs, money and security for inhabitants.

    About 20 police patrol vehicles were sent to the scene, but many of the demonstrators refused police orders to disperse. Daniel Gaxiola, spokesman for the Sinaloa state public safety department, said 40 people were detained then for disturbing the peace.

    Later, several hundred people evaded the heavy police presence by splitting into groups and marching toward downtown as dozens were detained along the way.

    Culiacan judge Gabriel Pena Gonzalez said more than 100 people in total had been brought in on disturbing-the-peace and other charges by late Sunday.

    Some of the marchers were from Badiriguato, where Guzman is from. The township is in the mountains near Culiacan. Some said they had been promised 700 pesos (about $53) for attending the protest, and some women and men could be seen at the end of the march writing down participants' names in notebooks.

    As the disorganized march reached the center of Culiacan, shots rang out and protesters scattered. It was unclear who fired the shots, but Francisco Cuamea, editor of the Noroeste newspaper in Culiacan, said two of the paper's photographers were roughed up by police when they tried to photograph shell casings left behind.

    In Wednesday's march, norteno musicians played trumpets while high school students in uniforms held up signs reading "We want Chapo free" and "We love Chapo."

    After that march, authorities said they would not seek to limit freedom of expression, but would not tolerate marches that disturbed the peace or provided support or justification for criminals.

    Guzman was arrested Feb. 22 in the Pacific Coast city of Mazatlan. Mexican federal judges have said he will have to stand trial on separate drug-trafficking and organized-crime charges in Mexico. The Attorney General's Office said he also faces organized-crime charges in six other cases in four Mexican states and in Mexico City.

    Guzman, who escaped from a western Mexico prison in 2001, is to remain in Mexico's highest-security prison. The government has said he will not soon be extradited to the U.S., where Guzman has been indicted in California, New York and other states.

    The Associated Press
    Photograph Dario Lopez-Mills, AP Photo; Joaquin Guzman
    Monday 3 March 2014
    The Sacramento Bee
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    Co-defendant of drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads guilty

    A co-defendant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman pleaded guilty today to distributing vast amounts of cocaine and heroin in Chicago on behalf of Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel.

    Tomas Arevalo-Renteria pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute. He has no agreement with prosecutors to cooperate against Guzman and faces anywhere from 10 years up to life in prison when he is sentenced.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37934&stc=1&d=1106798037[/IMGR]Arevalo-Renteria’s plea comes two weeks after a co-defendant, Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, abruptly backed out of a plan to plead guilty when an erroneous Chicago television news report implied he was cooperating against his infamous boss, raising concerns about his family's safety in Mexico.

    The impact of that development was clear in court today when attorneys for both sides -- as well as U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo -- stressed at least half a dozen times that Arevalo-Renteria has not agreed to cooperate against Guzman.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Shakeshaft told Castillo that the only agreement with Arevalo-Renteria was that prosecutors would no longer seek an enhanced sentence for him based on a previous drug conviction. That move would drop his minimum mandatory prison time from 20 years to 10 years, Shakeshaft said.

    [IMGL=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37936&stc=1&d=1106798140[/IMGL]Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and listening through a Spanish interpreter, Arevalo-Renteria, 45, admitted in a plea declaration that from 2005 to 2008 he distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 30 kilograms of heroin in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the U.S. He told the judge he had formerly worked as a farmer in Mexico.

    Guzman, who was arrested last month in Mexico, has been wanted in Chicago since at least 2009 when he was indicted with Arevalo-Renteria, Vasquez-Hernandez and other alleged Sinaloa cartel leaders in what was considered the most significant drug case in Chicago history. The indictment accused the cartel of using jumbo jets, submarines and tunnels while smuggling huge quantities of drugs into the U.S.

    Vasquez-Hernandez, a reputed Sinaloa lieutenant and a boyhood friend of Guzman, is scheduled for a jury trial in May after his guilty plea collapsed.

    By Jason Meisner
    Photograph CT; Guzman
    26 March 2014
    Chicago Tribune
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