Fugitive drug lord Caro Quintero has asked a Mexican court to void an extradition request made by the United States government. According to his lawyers, the drug lord is too poor to be a flight risk. Speaking on his behalf, his lawyers argue that he has no way of making an income.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has declared all-out war against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, headed by drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as ‘El Mencho.” The agency has, in the past month, made a concerted effort to tear down its structure in the United States.
The fentanyl drug scourge has taken the United States by storm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in 2018, close to 70,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, an average of more than 180 per day. Over 50 percent of the deaths were attributed to fentanyl use.
A former drug smuggler who testified against drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán during his widely publicized trial has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a court in Brooklyn, New York. Tirso Martínez-Sánchez, 52, was arrested in Mexico in 2014 and extradited to the United States in 2015.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is now a silent observer of the security crisis that he helped create in Mexico and his only connection to the outside world is a television at a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado. The former Sinaloa cartel boss now spends his time watching television and reviewing documents related to his complicated appeal process.
The Brooklyn Federal Court in New York has announced that it’s seeking the extradition of Ismael Quintero Arellanes. Arellanes is a nephew to fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who is currently linked to the Sinaloa cartel. Quintero Arellanes was captured by the Mexican Army in Culiacán, Sinaloa on January 29.
Mexican drug gangs are expanding their operations in the U.S. by leaps and bounds. This is according to the latest Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. Despite the best efforts by the government, the criminal enterprises are growing by establishing alliances with international gangs, drug distribution groups inside prisons, as well as Asian organizations dedicated to money laundering.
In October 2019, the Mexican National Guard launched an operation to incarcerate the son of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. They took Ovidio Guzmán López into custody and thought they had made a big catch. Instead, the arrest of López resulted in the Sinaloa Cartel demonstrating its immense firepower and propensity for violence. Hundreds of hitmen working for the criminal organization ambushed authorities on the streets of Culiacan.
A clash between police and drug traffickers left 14 dead Saturday in the Mexican state of Coahuila, near the US border. The incident comes just days after US President Donald Trump announced that he intended to declare Mexico’s drug cartels “terrorist organizations.”
Rafael Caro Quintero remains a top priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. government is currently offering $20 million for information leading to his arrest. The effort to capture him is spurred on by his involvement in the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Kiki was an undercover DEA agent working to bust the Guadalajara Cartel, which was the leading drug trafficking syndicate at the time, and Quintero had strong ties to the organization.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would be designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist networks. The categorization is set to portend a widening rift between the Mexican and U.S. governments, especially when it comes to dealing with drug syndicates.