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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The life of the Mexican drug kingpin is being brought to television screens in a drama co-produced by Netflix and Univision.
While the real Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is locked up in a cold, tiny cell in New York, his career as a drug lord apparently over, his fictional counterpart is free and in top form in Colombia, where the Univision network and Netflix are filming a television series about his life.
Ironically, Guzman’s re-arrest in 2016 — after two dramatic prison escapes — has created such a bloody power struggle for his Sinaloa cartel in Mexico that the series’ producers thought it would be safer to film in Colombia, the country that used to be the epicenter of the hemisphere’s drug violence.
A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called “Las Moicas” has not only successfully defended its foothold in the U.S. heroin market for years against Mexico’s most powerful cartels, but recent reports suggest that it might be expanding.
In an interview with BBC Mundo published on March 15, a spokesperson for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said that the Moicas had been expanding their territory in Mexico and that the little-known group had come into conflict with some of Mexico’s biggest criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel-New Generation, or CJNG.