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Sinaloa Cartel Paid $1M a Month to Bribe Mexican Officials, Ex-Trafficker Testifies in El Chapo Trial

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

How much did it cost to bribe Mexican officials to run one of the world’s largest drug-trafficking empires?

The Sinaloa Cartel dished out as much as $1 million a month in bribes to police and military officials, according to Vicente Zambada Niebla, who testified during the trial of alleged drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, The New York Times reports

Zambada is the son of Ismael Zambada García, one of the cartel’s leaders. 

El Chapo has pleaded not guilty to charges of international drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder rivals.

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Murdering Mexican Teenager Set for Trial in November

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who has been charged with murder after shooting and killing a Mexican teenager through a border fence is expected to face a trial in November.

Nov. 7 is the trial date set by U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins.

Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz was charged with second-degree murder in September in the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, AZCentral reports. 

The trial has been delayed multiple times.

The teenager’s mother, Araceli Rodriguez, said she hopes the right jury is selected.

“I hope that the jury that is deciding the case has morals, is a jury made up of members who have children, is a jury that knows good from bad, that can distinguish the truth from lies,” she said. “I hope that the jury leans towards justice. To choose justice.”

The U.S. government intends to call eight expert witnesses at the trial, including a ballistics expert and three forensic medical examiners.

Weekend Series on Crime: Going Undercover as a Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

Mexican Man Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Border Patrol Agent

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican man who attacked a Border Patrol agent last week near Donna, Texas, has been arrested, Valley Central reports. 

The attack allegedly occurred following a high-speed chase after a Chevrolet Tahoe nearly struck a Border Patrol vehicle in an area “notorious for undocumented aliens and narcotic crossing,” federal record show.

The high-speed chase ended with Roberto Flores-Cayetano leaping out of the Tahoe and running, officials said in a criminal complaint.

“Agent Hernandez advised Flores-Cayetano to stay on the ground and to put his hands behind his back, but he refused,” according to the criminal complaint.

A struggle ensued, and the agent used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

A passenger got away and left behind about 524 pounds of marijuana.

The passenger remains on the loose.

Weekend Series on Crime: Mexican Oil and the Drug Cartels

Report Says Americans, Not Mexicans, Arrested Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A controversial report has surfaced in wake of  the July 11 prison escape of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The website, Intercept reports that Presco, an investigative Mexican magazine, is saying that initial reports about the February 2014 arrest of Guzmanin  weren’t true. The media reported back then that the arrest was made by elite Mexican marines, with U.S. federal agencies playing a crucial intelligence support role.

But the magazine, citing U.S. government sources, claims that account is false.

Proceso reports that the agents who arrested Guzmán weren’t Mexicans, but rather Americans –agents from the DEA and and U.S. Marshals Service who were dressed as Mexican marines, working alongside one or more unidentified U.S. intelligence agencies.

Government officials from Mexico and the U.S. have yet to dispute the accuracy of the story, Intercept reports.

 

DEA Confident That Escaped Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman Will Be Captured

guzmanBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is saying it’s confident that escaped Mexican drug loan Joaquin Guzman will be captured.

“I haven’t slept since Saturday night,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration deputy administrator Jack Riley said, according to a report by John Bacon in USA Today. “The hunt is back on – and we are going to get him.”

But Riley said he believes Guzman will remain in Mexico, returning to his roots in the rural Sinaloa Mountains of western Mexico, USA Today reports.

“My sense is that he’s a creature of habit,” Riley said. “I don’t have any information to suggest it, but I would guess that he would retreat to Sinaloa.”

Weekend Series on Crime: Going Undercover as a Mexican Drug Lord