- The son of one of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s closest associates has pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges in the US.
- There are already signs the son is cooperating with US authorities, and he could provide them with detailed information about the cartel’s inner workings.
- The details he divulges could lead to more blows to the cartel’s leadership and set off another, bloodier round of infighting.
Damaso Lopez Serrano, 29, pleaded guilty to drug-smuggling charges in a federal court in San Diego on January 10, admitting he oversaw the shipment of thousands of pounds of meth, cocaine, and heroin to the US.
The plea comes about six months after Lopez Serrano crossed the US-Mexico border at Calexico, California and turned himself over to US authorities, becoming the highest-ranking member of a Mexican cartel to ever surrender to the US, according to the US attorney’s office.
Continue reading The son of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s former right-hand man is reportedly talking to US authorities, and it could be trouble for the Sinaloa cartel
MEXICO CITY, March 16 (Reuters) – The son of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords is missing from prison in the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa and is presumed to have escaped, local media reported on Thursday.
Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon was missing from a prison in Culiacan, the deputy security minister for Sinaloa state told national newspaper Excelsior. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports with state authorities.
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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.
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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.
Continue reading The US sanctioned a ‘smooth as butter’ cartel operator and a Mexican soccer star allegedly working with him
Mexico’s drug war has created the second deadliest conflict area in the world after only Syria, according to a global survey.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) reported that the six-year war in Syria is the world’s deadliest conflict zone for the fifth consecutive year, causing an estimated 50,000 casualties in 2016. The Armed Conflict Survey 2017, the IISS annual summary of conflicts and casualties worldwide published on Tuesday, found that the war on drugs plaguing Central America has received ”scant attention.”
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Drug cartel leader Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia hosted the party at a so-called maximum security prison, where inmates were seen glugging spirits with not a guard in sight
In a scene right out of the hit TV series Narcos, Mexico’s most dangerous drugs lords have been caught in secret footage hosting a boozy prison party.
Drug cartel leader Jose Luis Gutierrez Valencia – alias Don Chelo – is seen downing booze as hundreds of other guests dance with girls and feast of tacos.
Continue reading Just like Narcos: Drugs bosses host ‘secret’ boozy party behind bars with whisky, tacos and dancing girls
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.
Continue reading Mexico captures Sinaloa drug cartel leader Damaso Lopez, a former associate of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman