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Tag: Sinaloa drug cartel

Mexican Drug Kingpin Gets 27 Years in Arizona

arizona-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man who headed up the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico was sentenced Friday in Arizona to 27 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4 million, the Associated Press reported.

Carlos Molinares Nunez, aka “Caliche,” was arrested in 2006 while staying with his wife’s relatives in Tucson, AP reported. Authorities say he headed up the cartel fort five years from Naco in Sonora, Mexico.

“Caliche was a key figure in the violent drug trade of the Sinaloa cartel,” U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke said, according to AP. “With this sentencing, his individual organization has been dismantled and destroyed.”

Molinares’ organization used sophisticated radio communications and observation equipment to keep drivers from getting caught crossing the border, AP reported.

Mexican Drug Cartel Threatening to Take on U.S. Law Enforcement

Joaquin Guzman

Joaquin Guzman

As if we needed more evidence of the threat the Mexican cartels pose to the United States, here’s the latest. Don’t be surprised to see more DEA agents in Mexico and possibly other U.S. personnel from other agencies– and even the military.

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
SELLS, Ariz. — The reputed head of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is threatening a more aggressive stance against competitors and law enforcement north of the border, instructing associates to use deadly force, if needed, to protect increasingly contested trafficking operations, authorities said.

Such a move by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive, would mark a turn from the cartel’s previous position of largely avoiding violent confrontations in the U.S. — either with law enforcement officers or rival traffickers.

Police and federal agents in Arizona said they had recently received at least two law enforcement alerts focused on Guzman’s reported orders that his smugglers should “use their weapons to defend their loads at all costs.”