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It's Breaking Bad Meets the Mennonites
It's Breaking Bad
Meets the Mennonites

It's Breaking Bad Meets the Mennonites

'Los Angeles Times' tells the story of a pious farmer accused of becoming a drug smuggler

(Newser) - In some respects, the story isn't so unusual: The Los Angeles Times tells the tale of a 40-year-old man sitting in a maximum-security prison in Mexico, accused of becoming a ruthless associate of the Sinaloa drug cartel. In another way, the story is a strange one to fathom: The...

Report: Sinaloa Cartel Now Killing Fentanyl Producers

Cartel appears to be enforcing ban on the drug, though authorities still have doubts

(Newser) - When banners went up announcing that the Sinaloa drug cartel had given up the sale and production of fentanyl , authorities were understandably wary. But members of the cartel, the leading exporter of fentanyl to the US, say cartel leaders are serious—deadly serious. A "midlevel Sinaloa cartel operative" who...

'You Have Been Warned. Respectfully, Chapitos'

Sinaloa cartel puts up banners in Mexico saying it's abandoning fentanyl, but could be 'pure propaganda'

(Newser) - Banners appeared Monday in northern Mexico purportedly signed by a faction of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel claiming that the gang has sworn off the sale and production of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. But, as the AP reports, experts quickly cast doubt on the veracity of the claim, saying that fentanyl—...

Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'
the 'Little Chapos'

Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'

Reuters looks at how 4 sons of drug kingpin El Chapo have built a fentanyl empire

(Newser) - They are collectively known as Los Chapitos, or the "Little Chapos"—Ivan, Jesus Alfredo, Joaquin Jr., and Ovidio Guzman. Ranging in age from 33 to 40, they are the four surviving sons of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in...

US Charges Sons of 'El Chapo,' Details Jarringly Violent Acts

Chinese companies face sanctions for supplying chemicals

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Friday announced a sweeping operation against fentanyl trafficking by Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, including the indictment of four sons of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and two dozen other people. Attorney General Merrick Garland unveiled the charges at a news conference with federal prosecutors...

'Architect' of Mexico's War on Drugs Had a Big Secret

Genaro García Luna convicted of drug trafficking, accepting cartel bribes

(Newser) - As Mexico's top public safety official, Genaro García Luna was tasked with tracking down and stopping drug cartels. In fact, he was "widely considered the architect of Mexico's war on drugs," per the BBC . He didn't quite fulfill the role. On Tuesday, the highest-ranking...

There's a Hitch in Extradition of 'El Chapo' Son

Mexican federal judge has halted the move; foreign minister cites law 'formalities' for Ovidio Guzman

(Newser) - A Mexico City federal judge on Friday halted the extradition of Ovidio Guzman, son of druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to the United States on drug trafficking charges. Per CNN , Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has acknowledged the 2019 arrest warrant for Guzman out of the US, but he...

Battle After Arrest of Cartel Scion Kills 29

Mexican government says 10 troops were lost as fighting spread

(Newser) - Mexico said Friday the battle sparked by its arrest of Ovidio Guzman has resulted in at least 29 deaths, demonstrating the enduring might of his father's drug cartel. Gunmen with the Sinaloa cartel opened fire on troops in an armored convoy trying to arrest Guzman on Thursday with .50-caliber...

As China Lost Its Fentanyl Crown, the Cartels Stepped In
2 Cartels Are Keeping
America Flush With Fentanyl

2 Cartels Are Keeping America Flush With Fentanyl

'Wall Street Journal' looks at how the Sinaloa, Jalisco cartels ended up supplying the US after China cracked down

(Newser) - He's a 25-year-old cook who works six days a week and pulls in about $10,000 a month. It's a lucrative gig, but also an illegal one: He's cooking fentanyl that will be smuggled into the US, and his one-person lab churns out the equivalent of hundreds...

El Chapo's Daughter Weds Nephew of 'The Empress'

Alejandrina Guzman marries Edgar Cazares in Mexico

(Newser) - Mazel tov: El Chapo's daughter has married the nephew of another drug boss. Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, married Edgar Cazares on Jan. 25 in Sinaloa’s state capital, Culiacan, Reuters reports. As the UK Times explains, Cazares is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares,...

Teen Who Survived Cartel Attack Walked 14 Miles for Help

Relative says cartels had targeted the Mormon community before

(Newser) - The nine American women and children massacred after an ambush in Mexico were "burned alive," a relative says. Alex LeBaron says the victims, who were traveling between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, were shot in vehicles while driving. "Women and children were massacred, burned alive,"...

Cartel Gunmen Free Son of 'El Chapo'

Mexican city became battlefield after he was detained

(Newser) - The son of former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was located along with other cartel members in the Mexican city of Culiacan Thursday—but he wasn't detained for long. Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo says that after 30 members of the National Guard and army found...

Feds Seek Life Sentence Plus 30 Years for Guzman

They describe him as a 'ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel'

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's already extremely slim chances of ever leaving an American prison alive grew slimmer on Wednesday when prosecutors confirmed they were seeking a life sentence for the Mexican drug lord—plus 30 years. In a letter to US District Judge Brian Cogan, Justice Department lawyers...

El Chapo: My Treatment Is 'Cruel and Unusual'
El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

El Chapo Makes Prison Plea

The former drug cartel leader says he needs the outdoors

(Newser) - Looks like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman won't be going outside anytime soon. The convicted drug kingpin, now held at a Manhattan federal prison, is complaining about the anguish of solitary confinement—but federal prosecutors say his request for two hours a week of outdoor time is likely a...

Guzman Jurors Were Warned Not to Go Public

'Once that door is opened, it can't be closed,' judge said

(Newser) - There has been a huge amount of public interest in the trial of Joaquin Guzman—but jurors who listened to months of testimony about the bloodthirsty Sinaloa drug cartel are in no rush to release tell-all books or make the rounds on talk shows. The identities of the 12 jurors...

After El Chapo Found Guilty, 'Subtle' Gesture From Wife

Joaquin Guzman will get a mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - After a Hollywood-esque trial and a week of jury deliberations , Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty of all 10 counts against him and will get a mandatory life sentence, reports the New York Times . The first count essentially accused Guzman of being the mastermind...

The El Chapo Jury Is Still Deliberating. Here's Why
The El Chapo Jury Is Still
Deliberating. Here's Why
the rundown

The El Chapo Jury Is Still Deliberating. Here's Why

The first of 10 counts has 27 separate violations to assess. Then there are 9 more counts

(Newser) - The trial itself was riveting in a made-for-the-movies kind of way. Jurors in the El Chapo case in New York heard about murders , mistresses , daring escapes , massive bribes , and much more. You might have even envied jurors for their front-row seats. Now, not so much. The jury deciding whether Joaquin...

El Chapo Trial May End Sooner Than Expected

Guzman waved to the guy who plays him on Netflix

(Newser) - Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told a judge Monday that he won't take the witness stand in his own defense at his US drug-trafficking trial, ending speculation that he might go for broke and build on a notorious reputation already cemented by the sprawling government case...

El Chapo's Ex-Bodyguard Gives Graphic Testimony

He tells court he saw drug lord kill 3 men

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was the kind of boss who wasn't afraid to pitch in and get his hands bloody, a former bodyguard testified Thursday at the drug lord's trial in New York. In what the BBC describes at the trial's most gruesome testimony yet, Isaias...

El Chapo's Wife Assisted Escape, Witness Says

She was in on the meetings, former henchman says

(Newser) - The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman played a key role in his infamous 2015 escape from prison through a tunnel dug into the shower of his cell, a witness testified Wednesday at the kingpin's US trial. Damaso Lopez Nunez, once a loyal lieutenant for...

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