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Friday, March 29, 2013
At least seven people were killed and two others injured after an attack inside a bar in the city of Chihuahua last night March 28.
Unofficial sources said that the alleged was young. The Diario de Juarez reports that the incident took place inside Bar Mogavi , located on 21st and Doblado Streets
Elements of different police forces as well as emergency services arrived on the scene to treat the injured.
Among the casualties are two waitresses who worked for Mogavi and another employee, identified as "Chava."
The bodies were taken to the premises of C4 to proceed with proper identification and autopsy as required by law. A major police operation responded to the call to look for the triggerman.
Three of the seven people who were killed Thursday night in a bar in Chihuahua have already been identified. Tomás García, Guillermo Tarín y Tayde Frías Muñoz who was a waitress at as well as the employee previously mentioned named "Chava" was a waiter at the Mogavi.
The rest of the victims, including two women also are not yet identified.
Chihuahua is one of the most violent states in recent years have disputed criminal groups in the service of the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Juarez.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
A 23-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in El Paso to nearly 22 years in federal prison for his role in the kidnappings and murders of a New Mexico bridegroom and his relatives by a drug cartel hit squad during a wedding in Juárez.
The wedding abduction in 2010 was one of the more shocking acts of violence during a war between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.
District Judge David Briones sentenced Gonzalo Delgado Chavez to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison. Delgado was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and will be under supervision for five years after he is released from prison.
Delgado pleaded guilty in federal court in October to a charge of conspiracy to commit murder on foreign soil in the deaths of bridegroom Rafael Morales Valencia, 29; his brother, Jaime Morales Valencia, 25; and their uncle, Guadalupe Morales Arreola, 51.
Rafael Morales was a U.S. citizen from La Mesa, N.M., whose family is originally from the city of Namiquipa in the central part of Chihuahua. The brothers grew up in the United States.
Family members had said the wedding took place in Juárez because that is where the bride was raised.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On May 7, 2010, Sinaloa cartel gunmen kidnapped the three men and fatally shot another man in the parking lot after bursting into the wedding ceremony at Señor de la Misericordia Catholic Church.
Three days later, the bodies of the men were found in the bed of a truck. The men appeared to have been tortured.
According to a criminal complaint, Delgado, who is also from Namiquipa and was allegedly a smuggler for the Sinaloa cartel, was a family friend and was paid $1,000 to identify members of the Morales family to the hit squad.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said that Delgado was hired by Irvin Enriquez, whose father had been murdered by La Linea (the Juárez cartel) because he was associated with the rival Sinaloa cartel.
"Based on the false belief that the victims were part of La Linea and that Guadalupe Morales-Arreola worked for the person responsible for his father's death, Enriquez solicited the assistance of Jose Antonio Torres-Marrufo and his purported team of assassins to exact revenge," stated a news release by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
On Feb. 28, Enriquez, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in El Paso to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in November to a charge of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.
Mexican authorities arrested Torres, a reputed Sinaloa cartel lieutenant known as "El Marrufo," "El 14" and "El Jaguar," last year in Leon, Guanajuato.
Torres is among several reputed Sinaloa cartel bosses indicted on multiple charges by the U.S. government.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Sinaloa Cartel has been buying up FARC drug trafficking franchises as the rebels look to divest themselves of their drug assets, according to one report, suggesting the guerrillas are serious about demobilization, but sparking concerns over who will replace them.
Mid-level commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the departments of Meta and Caqueta are selling off their interests in the drug trade in anticipation of success of peace negotiations currently taking place in Havana, and subsequent demobilization, according to an anonymous official source cited by El Tiempo.
The sale has provided an opening for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, which has been looking to expand its involvement in the production stage of cocaine trafficking, according to an intelligence agent consulted by El Tiempo.
The cartel's expansion into Colombia has been at least partially provoked by the declining quality of product reaching Mexico, which is a result of law enforcement successes against trafficking groups in Colombia, said the source.
Intelligence reports suggest that the Sinaloans are currently expanding throughout Colombia, controlling coca plantations and cocaine processing labs near the border with Ecuador, and operating in Antioquia and Cordoba provinces in the north and in Norte de Santander, which borders Venezuela.
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If accurate, the report that FARC members are selling off franchises would suggest that not only are the rebels serious about the peace negotiations but also that they expect them to succeed. However, it also raises the critical question of who would replace them in the drug trafficking chain if they demobilized.
It was never realistic to expect the FARC to simply walk away from their lucrative interests in the drug trade, despite the lofty rhetoric that has accompanied the peace talks, and this latest news offers a glimpse of how they may try to cash in on their demobilization. If the process expands into a nationwide criminal auction, it could represent a unique opportunity for trafficking groups looking to rapidly increase their profits and status in the drug trade.
The idea that the Sinaloa Cartel is trying to take advantage of this is a worrying sign, not only because it would confirm the cartel's reach into Colombia, but also because of the conflicts it might unleash. The Sinaloa Cartel is known to have close ties to the once powerful but now fragmented Rastrojos, and its increased presence could bring it into conflict with the Urabeños, the Rastrojos' main rivals.
The Urabeños are currently aggressively expanding throughout Colombia and are believed to be suppliers for the Sinaloa Cartel's enemies in the Zetas.