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El Chapo Mistress Testifies. His Wife Laughs

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez says drug lord was naked during tunnel escape

(Newser) - The trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman veered into Jerry Springer Show territory Thursday with testimony from Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, one of the drug lord's former mistresses. When asked what kind of relationship she had with Guzman, she said: "Well, until today, I thought we were... More »

Court Sees El Chapo's Texts to Wife, Mistress

He joked about giving baby daughter an AK-47

(Newser) - Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was so paranoid that he installed spyware on the phones of his wife and mistress, along with those of dozens of associates. He wasn't paranoid enough, however, to realize that the FBI had flipped his IT guy . The New York Times reports... More »

FBI's Incredible Reveal: It Flipped El Chapo's IT Guy

It all started in a Manhattan hotel in 2010

(Newser) - In trying to make its case against Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as El Chapo, US prosecutors have over the last two months offered up the kind of evidence you'd expect, like witness testimony, records of drug deals, and surveillance photos. On Tuesday came a dramatic reveal: that they... More »

In Philippines, 'Ludicrous' Claims From Government in Drug War

Human rights groups push back at Duterte rep's claim that they're assisting drug lords

(Newser) - Human rights groups shining a spotlight on mounting deaths in the Philippines' drug war now have the added chore of denying the government's claims they're involved. Following one of the bloodiest weeks in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs—13 people were killed in a single night,... More »

Mexican Judge to US: You Can Have El Chapo

Infamous drug lord would be sent to Brooklyn

(Newser) - Looks like Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be facing trial in the US, CNN reports. A Mexican judge has ruled that Guzman, who was recaptured in January after a stunning 2015 prison breakout , can be extradited to the States. If that happens, officials say he'll... More »

'El Chapo' Wants Extradition Because He Can't Sleep: Lawyer

Attorney says Joaquin Guzman wants to come to US because jailers are torturing him

(Newser) - A lawyer for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday his client now wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at a Mexican maximum-security prison won't let him sleep, the AP reports. Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez, who told Radio Formula... More »

Mystery Package Found at Drug Lord's Old Mansion

Safe also stolen from Pablo Escobar's former property

(Newser) - A mysterious package has emerged from a pink Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The current owner, Chicken Kitchen founder Christian de Berdouare, bought the waterfront estate for $9.65 million in 2014 with the plan to tear down the old mansion, unaware of Escobar'... More »

How El Chapo Nearly Escaped: Through the Looking Glass

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman let his henchmen do the fighting

(Newser) - How did notorious Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly evade capture during a raid last week ? By secret tunnel, of course—this time using a doorway tucked behind a mirror in a dressing room, Reuters reports. The news-watching public got full view of the raid and... More »

Mexico Recaptures 'El Chapo' Drug Lord

Guzman back in custody after escape from prison

(Newser) - "El Chapo" is back in custody. Mexico has recaptured fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman seven months after he escaped from a maximum security prison. "Mission accomplished," declared Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto in a tweet . The capture reportedly followed a shootout in Los Mochis, located in his... More »

El Chapo's Cell Had Camera Blind-Spot for 'Privacy'

Surveillance video shows moment Guzman disappeared from cell

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have told us how Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman disappeared from his prison cell before traveling down a mile-long tunnel and emerging to freedom at a nearby home under construction. Now, we can see the moment for ourselves, via surveillance video. The footage from Saturday night shows a... More »

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 »

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 »

Mexico Releases Drug Lord Early

He ordered killing of DEA agent years ago

(Newser) - US law-enforcement officials are seething after Mexico released drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero from prison, and they vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a DEA agent. Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing... More »

To Prove Zetas Boss Is Dead: Dig Up His Parents?

Lazcano body was whisked away, so cops need parents' DNA for ID

(Newser) - Mexican officials are considering exhuming the remains of the parents of killed Los Zetas cartel boss Heriberto Lazcano. Mexico announced earlier this month that Lazcano had been shot down by Marines. But his body was spirited out of a funeral where it was being held, reports the BBC . Now officials... More »

Reputed Jamaican Drug Lord Surrenders

Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is in custody

(Newser) - Reputed gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who eluded a bloody police offensive in his slum stronghold last month, surrendered to authorities outside Jamaica's capital today, local news media reported. Coke has been called one of the world's most dangerous drug lords by US authorities and faces trial in New... More »

Jamaica Toll Hits 73 as Manhunt Goes On

Suspected drug lord remains at large

(Newser) - Jamaican security forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of residents of a bullet-pocked slum today and said the death toll from four days of fighting sparked by the search for a reputed drug lord has risen to 73. The target of the manhunt, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, was nowhere... More »

Mexico Mulls Twitter Clampdown

'Twitteros' avoid drunk-driving checkpoints, feared to aid drug gangs

(Newser) - There's a new public enemy in Mexico: los Twitteros. Twitter users who warn one another about roadside drunk-driving checkpoints have so angered authorities that the Mexican government is considering restricting and monitoring social networking sites. But in a country in the grips of a violent battle against drug cartels, the... More »

Mexico Tallies 69 Murders in Single Day

Mexicans live in fear of grotesque killings

(Newser) - Mexico kicked off 2010 with a grim record: On Saturday the violence-plagued country tallied 69 murders in a single day. As drug cartels stepped up retaliation against the government's war on trafficking, Saturday's count included 26 murders in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and 13 in Mexico City. Murders... More »

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