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Tag: Drug Cartel

Immigration Agents Capture Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Operative

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 When authorities arrested Anel Violeta Noriega Rios last week on immigration charges in southern California, they had no idea how big the catch was, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The woman turned out to be Noriega Rios, who was wanted by the Mexican government for her alleged role as a top operative in the La Familia drug cartel working out of the U.S.

Immigration officials said she helped move massive quantities of methamphetamine into the U.S.  from Mexico, according to the LA Times.

Mexican authorities took custody of Noriega Rios on Friday.

Off to the Races: Feds Indict 14 Cartel Members for Laundering Millions in U.S. Horse Racing

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Investments in the drug cartel world apparently know no bounds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western Texas District announced Tuesday the indictment of 14 members of Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel for laundering money by purchasing, breeding and racing American quarter horses in the U.S.

Those indicted included Los Zetas leader  Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka “40”) and his brothers, Oscar Omar  Trevino Morales (aka “42”) and Jose Trevino-Morales, authorities said.

On Tuesday, authorities said they arrested seven of the defendants.

“The allegations in this indictment, if proven, would document yet another example of the corrupting influence of Mexican drug cartels within the United States, facilitated by the enormous profits generated by the illicit drug trade,” U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said in a statement.

The indictment alleges that millions of dollars worth of transactions transpired in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California and Texas involving a large number of quarter horses, and the cartel used front companies to conceal the true ownership.

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‘Madman’ Daniel Elizondo Arrested in Case of Mexican Massacre

The logo of the Los Zetas Cartel/baltimore city paper

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Mexican authorities have arrested a high ranking member of the Zeta drug cartel in connection with the massacre of 49 people whose dismembered bodies were recently found dumped on the highway between Monterrey and Reynosa, near the entrance to San Juan.

Reuters reports that Daniel Elizondo, the leader of the Zetas drug cartel known as “The Madman,” has been detained.

Elizondo headed the Zetas trafficking operations in Cadereyta, an industrial town near the spot where the bodies were dumped, an army spokesman told Reuters.

Though Mexico’s drug war has raged intensely since President Felipe Calderon launched a national offensive against the cartels in 2006, this massacre is among the worst atrocities,  Reuters reports. Since Calderon took office, around 55,000 have died in drug related violence in Mexico. Another 5,000 have disappeared.

Officials are using  DNA to try and ID the victims in the absence of their heads, hands, and feet. A week later, they have yet to identify any of them. It is possible they were migrant workers passing through the area, adding to the difficulty of tracing their roots.

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Cartel Leader Involved in U.S. Consulate Killings Gets Life

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Juarez Drug Cartel’s leader in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico, pleaded guilty Thursday in El Paso, Texas, and was sentenced to life in prison for his role in drug-trafficking and numerous acts of violence including the deaths of three people tied to the the U.S. Consulate in Mexico, the Justice Department said.

Jose Antonio Acosta-Hernandez, 34, aka “Diego,” “Dienton,” “Diez” and “Bablazo,” of Chihuahua, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on March 16. He pleaded guilty to four counts of racketeering, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

He also pleaded also pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder and weapons charges, which specifically related to the March 13, 2010, triple homicide in Juarez of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee.

Immediately after entering his plea, he was sentenced to to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison.

“As the leader of La Linea’s enforcement wing, Mr. Acosta-Hernandez directed a reign of terror,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in a statement. “Today’s guilty plea and sentence are a significant step in our effort to bring to justice those responsible for the consulate murders, and it would not have been possible without the extraordinary assistance of our law enforcement partners in Mexico, including Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez.

Major Mexican Cartel Player Sentenced to 25 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The former leader of the Tijuana Cartel/Arellano-Felix Organization was sentenced Monday in San Diego fed court to 25 years in prison, the DEA announced.

Benjamin Arellano-Felix, nearly 60, was also ordered to forfeit $100 million in criminal proceeds.

“The Tijuana Cartel was one of the world’s most brutal drug trafficking networks, but has now met its demise with leader Benjamin Arellano-Felix’s sentencing today,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart in a statement. “It is a major victory for DEA and Mexico’s Calderon Administration.”

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy added: “Today’s prison sentence virtually ensures that Arellano-Felix will spend the remainder of his life in custody. Following this sentence, he will be deported to Mexico to finish a 22-year sentence.”

For U.S. authorities, it was a long road to justice.

Arellano-Felix was taken into custody by Mexican authorities on March 9, 2002.

A final order of extradition to the United States was granted in 2007 and after years of unsuccessful appeals, Arellano-Felix arrived in the U.S. on April 29, 2011, to face drug-related charges in San Diego.

In January, he pleaded guilty.

 

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Mexican Drug Cartel Had Secret Police Documents Including Info Originating From DEA

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to arrive in Washington, word has surfaced that Mexican authorities seized documents from a drug cartel listing Mexican federal agents and their phone numbers and intelligence information that originated from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that the documents were seized in May 2009 from the car of an associate of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The discovery was first reported by the newspaper Reforma.

President Felipe Calderon

President Felipe Calderon

The news service said the documents, which appeared to have come from the Mexico’s federal Public Safety Department, has raised concerns anew about public corruption at the  highest levels of the Mexican government.

The drug war is surely expected to be a key issue during Calderon’s meeting with the White House.

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Feds in Texas Indict 25 Suspected Members of Colombian Drug Cartel

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In recent years, the spotlight has turned to the violent Mexican drug cartels shipping drugs into the U.S.

But on Friday, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales in Dallas announced the indictment of 25 suspected members of a Colombian drug cartel that moved massive amounts of cocaine into the U.S. through Mexico and Central America.

Authorities said the probe, to date, had resulted in the seizure of 7.5 tons of cocaine and $4.25 million in assets.

All 25 defendants are Colombian, and 21 are currently being detained in that country.

“In this operation, the agents, both American and Colombian, are literally reaching across hemispheres to strike a blow against a criminal organization that is a vital lifeline to several Mexican drug cartels,” the U.S. Attorney said.