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Mexico Gives Green Light to Extradite Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mexico has ruled that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can be extradited to the U.S.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department ruled on the issue, according to the Associated Press.

Guzman can appeal, which could delay the move by weeks or months, AP reported.

The U.S. has guaranteed Mexico that Guzman will not face the death penalty.

 

Seven Colombians Extradited to U.S. to Face Charges In Murder of DEA Agent James Terry Watson

James Terry Watson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Seven Colombian nationals have been extradited to the U.S. to face charges relating to the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent James Terry Watson, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

“With the extradition of these suspects, we are one step closer to ensuring that justice is served for the kidnapping and murder of an American hero,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement. “Special Agent Watson gave his life in the service of his country. We owe him, and his family, a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay.”

The defendants had been indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria last July 18.

The defendants included: Gerardo Figueroa Sepulveda, 39; Omar Fabian Valdes Gualtero, 27; Edgar Javier Bello Murillo, 27; Hector Leonardo Lopez, 34; Julio Estiven Gracia Ramirez, 31; and Andrés Alvaro Oviedo-Garcia, 22.

Each were charged with two counts of second degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to kidnap. Oviedo-Garcia was also charged with two counts of assault.

Additionally, the Justice Department said in a press release that the grand jury indicted Wilson Daniel Peralta-Bocachica, 31, also a Colombian national, for his alleged efforts to destroy evidence associated with the murder of Special Agent Watson.

The defendants arrived Tuesday in the U.S. and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday.

The indictment charged that Figueroa, Valdes, Bello, Lopez, Gracia and Oviedo-Garcia were part of a kidnapping and robbery conspiracy that utilized taxi cabs in Bogotá, Colombia, to lure victims into a position where they could be attacked and robbed, the Justice Department said in a press release.

Once an intended victim entered a taxi cab, the driver would signal other conspirators to begin the robbery/kidnapping operation.

On June 20, 2013, while working in Colombia, DEA agent Watson hopped into a taxi cab operated by one of the defendants.

Watson was then attacked by two defendants, one of whom used a stun gun on him and another fatally stabbed him with a knife.

 

 

U.S. Extradites International Arms Dealer Viktor Bout From Thailand

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

In the eyes of Russian officials, Viktor Bout is an innocent businessman being railroaded — quite contrary to the American view that he’s a cunning and dangerous arms dealer worthy of the moniker “Merchant of Death.”

Clad in black T-shirt and black sweat pants, Bout briefly appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, represented by a federal defender. He entered a not guilty plea and was ordered held without bail pending his next court appearance, set for Jan. 10.

“Yes, your honor,” Bout told U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin when asked if he understood the charges, the New York Daily News reported.

The case has garnered international attention and caused Cold War-like strains between Russia and the U.S. And things heated up when he was extradited from Thailand and arrived Tuesday in New York aboard a plane chartered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. authorities allege that Bout had agreed to supply arms and weapons to two confidential sources for the DEA who posed as Colombian rebels intending to kill American pilots patrolling the drug war.

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Member of Juarez Drug Cartel in Mexico Extradited to U.S.

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A suspected member of the violent Juarez Drug Cartel in Mexico has been extradited to the states, the DEA in El Paso said.

Felipe DOMINGUEZ-Vargas was extradited on Aug. 10 and made his initial appearance on drug charges in U.S. District Court in El Paso on Monday, according to Joseph M. Arabit, of the El Paso DEA. He waived his right to a detention hearing.

DOMINGUEZ faces six counts of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the DEA said. He was first arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2009.

Powerful Jamaican Drug Lord Christopher Coke Arrives in U.S.

jamaica_mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Jamaican gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke, whose loyalty in his country set off a bloodletting after the U.S. came after him, was sent to New York on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Coke not only had plenty supporters in Jamaica, but in the U.S. as well.

Federal prosecutors filed court paper saying drug dealers from the U.S. regularly sent cash and goods to Coke as tribute payments. Coke was scheduled to make a court appearance in Manhattan Friday.

Coke was captured in Jamaica on Tuesday. After Jamaica announced it would agree to extradite Coke, the drug dealer’s followers clashed with government forces, resulting in 76 dead, AP reported.

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Colombian Drug Trafficker Extradited From Mexico to U.S.

Mexico border mapBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

A man who represented the interests of a major Colombian drug cartel in Mexico, has been extradited to New York to stand trial, authorities said.

Pedro Antonio Bermudez, known as “El Arquitecto,” was arrested in Mexico City on Oct. 2, 2008 and remained in Mexican custody until his extradition to the U.S. on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Bermudez’s  job was to ensure that cocaine sent to Mexico by the Colombian drug cartel Norte del Valle, was safely delivered to the Mexican cartels, authorities said.

Since 1990, the Norte del Valle Cartel allegedly exported more than 1.2 million pounds of cocaine — worth more than $10 billion — to the U.S., most of which came through Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The Colombian shipments were sent by Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante, one of the leaders of the Norte del Valle Cartel, who pleaded guilty in New York in 2008 to charges including murder and narcotics trafficking.  Bustamante, who was extradited to the U.S. in 2007, is awaiting sentencing.

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