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Mexican drugs kingpin arrested on fishing trip

  1. D.U.M.B
    Taken from http://www.irishexaminer.com/

    Mexican drugs kingpin arrested on fishing trip

    When accused drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Felix began planning a deep-sea fishing trip more than a year ago, US drug agents also got ready – to catch their prey.

    US authorities announced yesterday that Arellano Felix had been captured by the US Coast Guard early on Monday off the coast of La Paz, Mexico, aboard the US-registered sport boat Dock Holiday.

    Arellano Felix was expected to be formally arrested today.

    “We’ve taken the head off the snake,” Michael Braun, chief of operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, said at a news conference in Washington.

    He was among 11 individuals charged in 2003 with 10 counts of conspiracy and racketeering. He allegedly conspired to assassinate Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo in 1993 at the airport in Guadalajara, US officials said.

    The indictment alleges Arellano Felix (aged 36), and others moved tons of Colombian cocaine and Mexican marijuana to the United States along the California-Mexico border. The Arellano Felix gang is believed to be responsible for the massive drug tunnels discovered last January.


    They are also accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing rivals and bribing Mexican officials. The indictment links Arellano Felix to a 1996 killing in Coronado, California, near San Diego, and a 1992 shootout at a disco in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    The Arellano Felix gang emerged as a drug powerhouse in the 1980s in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego. It recently ceded control of Mexicali, an important drug corridor about 120 miles east of Tijuana, said John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor in San Diego who worked on the 2003 indictment.

    Kirby said Arellano Felix led the Tijuana clan almost by default in 2002 when the gang lost two of his older brothers: Benjamin was jailed and Ramon was killed.

    Federal drug agents began preparing for the latest operation 14 months ago after learning that Arellano Felix was planning to go fishing. The agents enlisted the Coast Guard’s help and were helped throughout by Mexican law enforcement officers.

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  1. Trebor
    Francisco Javier Arellano Felix began planning a deep-sea fishing trip more than a year ago,

    Fuck me but he was orgainised.
  2. D.U.M.B
    LOL Yeah. I don't plan five minutes ahead let alone a whole year. especially not for a fishing trip
  3. Trebor
    The only thing I ever plan for is a night with the ladyfriend and even then she decides where we go.
  4. Bajeda
    Swim happens to be in San Diego at the moment so he sent me these links as this was covered heavily (front page news) in the local paper.


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    SAN DIEGO – U.S. and Mexican authorities said Thursday the arrest of drug lord Javier Arellano Felix was a major coup that hit the Tijuana-based cartel hard, but one that could lead to more violence.

    Arrellano arrived Thursday morning in San Diego to face drug conspiracy charges a day after his arrest aboard a fishing boat off the Baja California coast was announced.


    Arellano was brought into San Diego Bay aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter just after 8 a.m. and taken to the Coast Guard base on Harbor Drive near the Lindbergh Field escorted by federal authorities.


    Security was heavy as U.S. Coast Guard cutter Petrel docked across from Lindbergh Field. A high-speed runabout from the Department of Homeland Security, as well as several small Coast Guard craft armed with machine guns, stood by in San Diego Bay.


    Arrellano was taken to San Diego's federal courthouse, again under heavy security, to begin his legal proceedings.


    “In the world of drug law enforcement, it doesn't get any better,” said John S. Fernandes, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's San Diego office, said at a crowded news conference at the U.S. District Attorney's offices downtown


    “This is huge. The opportunity to capture a drug lord the caliber of Javier Arellano Felix is a unique event.”


    Fernandes said Arellano's capture signals “the end of two decades of the most. . . powerful and violent drug-trafficking organization.”


    Authorities, however, said they don't expect an immediate cease in drug trafficking or violence related to the cartel, on either side of the border.


    “In drug trafficking we're not naive enough to think that drug trafficking is going to stop,” said FBI Daniel R. Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the FBI's local office.


    Fernandes said violence will likely result as members of the organization and competing cartels fight for control of the lucrative drug trade.


    Arrellano's long-awaited capture came Monday after a tip led authorities to international waters 15 nautical miles from La Paz, Mexico where Arellano and 11 others, including three children, were aboard a deep-sea fishing boat.


    Two of the seven other men aboard the boat were identified by U.S. officials as assassins for the cartel, Arturo “El Nalgon” Villareal Heredia and Marco “El Catorro” Fernandez.


    U.S. Coast Guard officers said they trained and prepared for the arrest, running through potential scenarios, before they stopped the fishing vessel and arrested those onboard. The group gave little resistance, officials said.
    One of the children aboard is believed to be Arellano's son, another his nephew, officials said. The relationship of the third child to the men on the boat was not known. The children were being sent back to Mexico to be reunited with relatives.


    Known as “El Tigrillo,” or “little tiger,” Arellano, 37, is one of seven leaders in the Arellano Felix organization named in a U.S. indictment unsealed in San Diego in 2003.


    The indictment charges Arellano and others with racketeering, conspiracy to import tons of marijuana and cocaine, and conspiracy to launder money. Mexican authorities have also linked the cartel to the killings of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo of Guadalajara in 1993 and of Tijuana Police Chief Federico Benitez in 1994.


    DEA agents kept close watch on the Federal Building downtown as officials announced Arellano's arrest inside. They said his capture makes the drug cartel a defunct organization.


    For the better part of two decades, the Arellano drug cartel engaged in open drug trafficking, “becoming rich by feeding off of the addiction of others and wielding the power to murder, corruption, threats and violence,” U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said in the news conference.


    Jose Luis Santiago Vasconselos, Mexico's deputy attorney general for organized crime, thanked U.S. authorities for their collaboration and said his country's fight against drug trafficking will continue.


    Speaking in Spanish, with an interpreter, Vasconselos said authorities will now focus their attention on corrupt police officers in Tijuana who are suspected of helping the cartel conduct its operations.


    He also said authorities will work to maintain peace in Tijuana, where countless homicides often involved individuals involved in drug-trafficking.
    Arellano is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. He faces life in prison if convicted of the charges in the 2003 indictment, but prosecutors could add charges that could result in the death penalty.

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    Video: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/audiovideo/060817arellano_capture.ram

    Javier Arellano Felix and other suspects are led to a waiting caravan. (Real Player Required)

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    Prohibition kills....
  5. jouni
    “In drug trafficking we're not naive enough to think that drug trafficking is going to stop,” said FBI Daniel R. Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the FBI's local officer
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