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New York Times: The Hunt For Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

Joaquin_Guzman-LoeraBy Azam Ahmed
New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Stripped to his undershirt and covered in filth, the world’s most notorious drug lord dragged himself out of the sewers and into the middle of traffic.

Disoriented from his long trudge underground, with gun-toting marines on his heels, he found himself standing across the street from a Walmart. Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the kingpin known across the globe as El Chapo, would have to improvise. His cavalry was not coming.

He and his top lieutenant commandeered a white Volkswagen from a passing motorist, but only a few blocks later, the car became engulfed in smoke, witnesses said. Desperate for another vehicle, the two men spotted a red Ford Focus at a traffic light, driven by a woman with her daughter and 5-year-old grandson.

“Get out of the car now,” said the lieutenant, his weapon trained on the woman as he lifted the door handle, witnesses said. She complied, prying the child from the back seat and leaving her belongings in the car. Politely, the lieutenant handed over her purse before speeding off.

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Did actor Sean Penn Break the Law by Meeting with Fugitive Drug Lord ‘El Chapo?’

Sean Penn, via Wikipedia.

Sean Penn, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities said actor Sean Penn’s secret meeting with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman set the stage for capturing the fugitive.

But did Penn break the law by interviewing Guzman?

Penn met with Guzman while an international manhunt was underway for Guzman.

Penn said he used burner phones and other methods to dodge detection.

But it’s not illegally to meet with someone who is a fugitive from justice, BBC reports, citing law enforcement experts.

“Simply having contact with a known narco-trafficker is not the basis of prosecution,” said Daniel Richman, a professor of law at Columbia University and a former federal prosecutor.

What’s illegal is to help a fugitive avoid capture or to interfere with the manhunt.

“There don’t seem to be signs that Mr Penn is guilty of that, or that authorities in the US or Mexico will file criminal charges against him,” BBC wrote.

How Infamous Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Tried to Escape As Marines Converged on Him

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mexican security forces converged on a hideout used by notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Friday, he fled through a secret doorway behind a mirror and descended into a tunnel leading to the city’s drains, Reuters reports. 

For hours, Guzman was underground as Marines searched the house where the infamous boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel was living.

As rain began to flow through the city’s drain, Guzman emerged from a manhole cover and stole a car before he was finally captured, ending a months-long manhunt, Reuters wrote.

Mexican officials began extradition proceedings, which means Guzman may be sent to a U.S. prison.

Actor Sean Penn’s Visit with Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Was First Break in Manhunt

Sean Penn and "El Chapo," via Twitter.

Sean Penn and “El Chapo,” via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The six-month manhunt for notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman came to an end in part because of his desire to reach out to actor Sean Penn, USA Today reports. 

Guzman was arrested in Los Mochis, Mexico, and soon could be extradited to the U.S.

Guzman reached out to actors and producers for a biographical movie about his life, which was the first break in the manhunt.

Penn flew to Mexico with actress Kate del Castillo to meet with Guzman, who had escaped from prison.

“El Chapo sticks to an illicit game (drugs), proudly volunteering, ‘I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats,’” Penn wrote.

Mexican marines raided a home in search of Guzman on Friday, killing six suspects and arresting six more.

Guzman fled but was captured a short time later.

DEA’s John ‘Jack’ Riley Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed of The Year For 2015

John "Jack" Riley

John “Jack” Riley

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John “Jack” Riley,  the DEA’s acting deputy administrator, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed of the Year for 2015.

Riley, a native of Chicago with more than 25 years of drug law enforcement experience, was appointed the acting second-in-command of the DEA in April as the top administrator, Michele Leonhart, was stepping down.

Riley has stepped into a top leadership role — no easy task — and deserves  credit for working on getting the agency back on track, while providing guidance to the new interim director, an outsider from the FBI, Chuck Rosenberg.  Along the way, he’s made some tough decisions, which hasn’t pleased everyone inside the DEA.

The grandson of a Chicago cop, he headed up the Chicago and El Paso field offices, and has spent years investigating the Mexican cartels and the trafficking of heroin and cocaine across the southern border.

The man is old school. He’s got it out for Mexican drug lord  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, chief of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel, who escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this year. Riley was once the target of an assassination plot by El Chapo’s operatives.

“Just so you know, I was going to retire — until this dick escaped,” Riley told Yahoo! News in September, adding:  “I’m in it for the long haul.”

Previous recipients of the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year award include: Former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008):   Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010);  Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011); John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Los Angeles (2013);  and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn at the time (2014).

Mexican Drug Cartel Founder Found Dead, Tortured And Riddled with Bullets

Carlos Rosales Mendoza

Carlos Rosales Mendoza

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican drug cartel founder who was on the DEA’s Most Wanted List was found tortured and dead along with three other men dumped along the side of the road, The Daily Mail reports.

Carlos Rosales Mendoza, who founded La Familia Michoacana, was found riddled with bullets.

Mendoza was a key member of the La Familia cartel.

According to authorities, Mendoza was trying to start a new cartel when he died.

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‘Affluenza’ Teen, His Mother Were Detained in Mexico After Fleeing Over Probation Violation

Ethan Couch.

Ethan Couch.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A wealthy Texas teenager who was given leniency after killing four people while driving drunk has been captured in Mexico with his mother, The New York Times reports. 

Ethan Couch gained national notoriety when a judge gave him probation in 2013 after his lawyer called a witness who claimed he suffered from “affluenza,” a so-called psychological condition marked by an unwillingness to know the difference between right and wrong because of family wealth.

Couch, 18, was facing prison this month after allegedly violating probation by drinking alcohol.

Authorities said he and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, fled to Mexico before they were arrested near the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

A Chat With A DEA Official About Detroit’s Drug Trade and the Influence of the Mexican Cartels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Carlos L. Mitchem II knows about the drug trade.

He’s been a Drug Enforcement Administration agent since 1991, and has been posted in places like Chicago and Tucson and in some of the world’s hot spots,  Mexico and Colombia, where major drug cartels have flourished.

More than four years ago, he came to Detroit where he was named an assistant special agent in charge.

Times have changed over the years in Detroit. The big drug gangs like Young Boy Inc. no longer exist. Mitchem says the gangs are smaller and try to fly under the radar of law enforcement.

Mitchem, who sat down the other day with Allan Lengel, talks about the rise in popularity of heroin in the area and the presence of Mexican cartels in town.