Sept. 28 (UPI) — A federal magistrate recommended that accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman be allowed to have contact visits with his lawyer instead of being separated from them by a window.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Alfredo Beltrán-Leyva were friends and relatives by marriage — until they became bitter enemies.
They worked together to become two of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords, then they went to war with each other. Now the years-long saga between the pair has taken a peculiar new turn: They have the same lawyer.
A federal judge in Mexico’s Jalisco state on Aug. 23 sentenced one-time Guadalajara cartel chief Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo to 37 years in prison for the 1985 killing of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.
Camarena, whose undercover work led to the seizure and destruction of huge marijuana plantations in Mexico that wounded the Guadalajara cartel, was kidnapped off a street in Guadalajara on February 7, 1985.
The US Treasury sanctioned an alleged mid-level Mexican drug-cartel operator and his organization on Wednesday, naming them as significant foreign narcotics traffickers.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control designed Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores drug-trafficking organization under the Kingpin Act, naming 21 Mexican citizens and 42 entities — including bars, restaurants, a soccer club, and a casino — for allegedly providing support to the organization or for being owned by people involved it.
He was for a time seen as the right-hand man of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, once the world’s most notorious drug kingpin, now jailed in the United States.
More recently, Damaso Lopez Nunez has reputedly been at the center of a bloody, multi-sided turf battle for the control of the powerful Sinaloa cartel long headed by Guzman.
A cross-border raid by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials resulted in the arrest of 85 Sinaloa cartel members, authorities said.
The sting occurred Friday around the Arizona border with Mexico, local media reported.
It also netted “assault-type weapons” and hundreds of pounds of narcotics, said spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The staggering death toll in Mexico’s drug war has outpaced the number of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
A new documentary by Spanish journalist David Beriain discloses what and who is behind the brutality that has turned Mexico into one of the most violent places in the world.
Beriain spent several weeks in northwest Mexico filming the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, whose leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s arrest and recent extradition to the United States has thrown the group—and Mexico—into an even more chaotic spiral of violence.