Sinaloa drug cartel

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Scale of Drug Lord's Tunnel Escape Was Mind-Blowing

Prison boss gets the boot, along with 2 others

(Newser) - Within days of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's arrival at a maximum security prison in Mexico—and perhaps even earlier—work began on the mile-long tunnel he would eventually use to escape, a former drug enforcement official tells the Los Angeles Times . At 5 feet 6 inches high, the... More »

Notorious Drug Lord Escaped Via 1-Mile Tunnel

Complete with motorbike, according to reports

(Newser) - Mexico's top security official says top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped through a 1-mile tunnel that opened into the floor of the shower area of his cell. Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido tells a news conference today that Guzman used an elaborate escape hatch built... More »

'Most Powerful' Drug Lord Pulls Off Prison Break—Again

'El Chapo' is on the lam a second time after improbable escape

(Newser) - Top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year —escaped a maximum security prison a second time. A manhunt began immediately for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, believed to control most major crossing points... More »

Cartel Henchman Gets 22 Years for Drug-Smuggling Scheme

He plotted to bring cocaine from Mexico by train

(Newser) - A man prosecutors say was a top member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel was sentenced to 22 years yesterday after what the Chicago Tribune reports has been called the most significant drug prosecution in the city's history. Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, allegedly the cartel's logistics chief and a lieutenant of... More »

How an Elderly War Vet Became a Drug Mule

Leo Sharp was a renowned lily farmer before turning to crime

(Newser) - When DEA officers pulled over a notorious cocaine courier in 2011, they were in for a little surprise: An elderly man stepped out of the pickup truck, his hair tousled and face unshaven as he cupped an ear to hear. "At age 87, I want to know why I’... More »

With Kingpin Gone, Cartel Turf War Looms

But in Sinaloa, Guzman is remembered for generosity

(Newser) - The world's most powerful drug lord is now being held in an underground cell, but few expect Joaquin Guzman's arrest to stop either the flow of drugs or the flow of blood in Mexico's cartel wars. In Sinaloa, the state that gave its name to Guzman's... More »

Drug Kingpin Had Escape Tunnels Under Bathtubs

Seized phones led to Guzman's downfall

(Newser) - A network of escape tunnels with entrances concealed under bathtubs helped the world's most powerful drug lord evade capture before his arrest over the weekend , investigators say. Early last week, Joaquin Guzman is believed to have escaped just minutes ahead of Mexican authorities, using a network of tunnels under... More »

World's Top Drug Kingpin in Underground Cell

US aiming to extradite Joaquin Guzman

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is being held in an underground cell near Mexico City following his arrest this weekend —and US federal prosecutors in New York want to extradite him. He's wanted in six districts in this country, NBC News... More »

World's No. 1 Drug Lord Arrested

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is caught in Mexico

(Newser) - A joint US-Mexican force captured the world's most powerful drug lord without firing a shot, reports the Wall Street Journal . Authorities arrested Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a hotel in Mazatlan overnight, reports AP . Guzman runs Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel. The 56-year-old has been captured before, but... More »

Rumors Swirl Drug Lord Joaquín Guzmán Shot Dead

Guatemala sends investigators to determined what happened in jungle fight

(Newser) - An intense gun battle yesterday in the remote jungle of northern Guatemala has people wondering if notorious drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera could be dead, reports the Los Angeles Times . Guatemalan authorities are sending in security forces to investigate, but at this point officials cannot even confirm... More »

'Extraordinary' US-Mexico Drug Tunnel Found

Arizona tunnel was built by professional engineers, DEA says

(Newser) - One of the biggest and best-engineered cross-border drug tunnels yet has been found by drug enforcement agents in the US. The 755-foot tunnel linked a warehouse in southwestern Arizona with a derelict ice-making plant behind a strip club in Mexico, reports the Los Angeles Times . It could only be accessed... More »

Whoops: Mexico Admits Suspect Isn't Kingpin's Son

Police arrest wrong man, a car salesman

(Newser) - Mexican authorities celebrated a huge arrest on Thursday, the son of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin Guzman. But it turns out that the man they paraded before the cameras wasn't Guzman's son after all; instead, it was a used-car salesman named Felix Beltran Leon, reports the BBC . Now Mexico... More »

Mexico Busts Drug Kingpin's Son

Guzman's son had major role in Sinaloa cartel

(Newser) - The Mexican Navy has captured a man believed to be the son of Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, the country's most-wanted drug lord. Jesus Guzman Salazar, 26, was paraded before the media in Mexico City after his arrest yesterday. His father runs the Sinaloa cartel, and officials say Guzman Salazar... More »

How Mexico's Biggest Drug Cartel Looks Like Facebook

Joaquín Guzmán runs Sinaloa like a legitimate business

(Newser) - Joaquín Guzmán is bigger than Pablo Escobar ever was. The CEO of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Guzmán is behind up to half the drugs that enter the US from Mexico. At 55, the short and stocky drug-runner with a third-grade education has become a driven, obsessed entrepreneur... More »

18 Headless Bodies Dumped Near Mexico Tourist Spot

Zetas cartel blamed for killings near Guadalajara lake

(Newser) - There's no end in sight to the horrific tit-for-tat Mexican drug cartel murders. In the latest atrocity, some 18 decapitated and dismembered corpses were found dumped in two cars near a lake in Guadalajara popular with tourists and retired Americans, reports ABC . The bodies, which were so badly mutilated... More »

Cartel Hitman Lived in Small-Town Ohio

Edgar Campos-Barraza arrested in Sandusky, home to Cedar Point

(Newser) - You never know who your neighbor might be. In January, authorities arrested an alleged assassin employed by the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico who had been living in the small town of Sandusky, Ohio, for 10 years, reports CNN . Edgar Campos-Barraza, also known as "El Cholo," is... More »

Mexico Disbands Corrupt Veracruz Police Force

Navy takes over law enforcement after corrupt cops sent packing

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have stamped out corruption in the Veracruz police force by stamping out the Veracruz police force. The port city's police department has been disbanded, and all 800 officers and 300 administrative staff have been fired, the BBC reports. The Mexican navy is taking responsibility for law enforcement... More »

26 Bodies Dumped in Guadalajara

Mass killing believed to be revenge for Veracruz attack

(Newser) - Citizens of Mexico's second-largest city have been shaken by the country's second mass killing in the space of a few days. The bodies of 26 young men were found stuffed into three vehicles left in the center of Guadalajara yesterday. Most of them had died of asphyxia and... More »

17 Burned Bodies Found in Cartel-Plagued Sinaloa

In total, 24 were killed yesterday

(Newser) - Attacks in Sinaloa, the home state of Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, left 24 people dead and 17 of the victims' bodies were found burned in two pickup trucks. Neighbors called police after seeing a pickup truck on fire early yesterday in the state capital Culiacan; investigators found 12... More »

San Diego Tunnel Yields 17 Tons of Pot

Cross-border tunnel linked US site to Tijuana warehouse

(Newser) - Who needs drug mules when you have drug moles? Federal agents seized a total of 17 tons of marijuana after discovering a tunnel linking warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tunnel, believed to be the work of the Sinaloa cartel was the length of... More »

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