[video] Cashing In On ‘El Chapo’: The Cult Of The Narco


El Chapo is a God.

The January 8 recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán served as a boost for the governments of Mexico and the United States, which have sought for years to bring the powerful trafficker to justice.

A day after the capture, the Chapo saga took another turn: Rolling Stone magazine published an interview Guzmán gave to actor Sean Penn. While factions in the media questioned the ethics of the article, many readers were instantly enamored with El Chapo’s choice of clothing in the story’s accompanying photos.

VICE News hit the streets of Los Angeles to meet admirers of El Chapo — and some ambitious entrepreneurs — who’ve found ways to celebrate the drug lord in the form of songs, T-shirts, and tacos.

Donald Trump calls FBI over El Chapo Death threats?

Lmaooo.

via TMZ

Trump tells TMZ he is contacting the FBI to investigate threats just made by a man claiming to be the son of escaped Mexican drug lord El Chapo.

Trump is reacting to a tweet reportedly made by El Chapo’s son, in which he blasts Trump for saying El Chapo is “everything that’s wrong with Mexico.”

The tweet was written in Spanish, with the rough English translation, “Keep f***ing around and I’m gonna make you swallow your bi*ch words you f***ing whitey milks***tter (that’s a homophobic slur).”

Trump tells TMZ he’s not backing down, saying, “I’m f!ghting for much more than myself. I’m f!ghting for the future of our country which is being overrun by criminals.” He adds, “You can’t be intimidated. It’s too important.”

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Mexico finds stash of cocaine filled sharks

These guys have to be given some credit for creativity..

via Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s navy has seized more than a ton of cocaine stuffed inside frozen sharks, as drug gangs under military pressure go to greater lengths to conceal narcotics bound for the United States.

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Armed and masked navy officers cut open more than 20 shark carcasses filled with slabs of cocaine after checking a container ship in a container port in the southern Mexico state of Yucatan, the navy and Mexican media said on Tuesday.

“We are talking about more than a ton of cocaine that was inside the ship,” Navy Commander Eduardo Villa told reporters after X-ray machines and sniffer dogs helped uncover the drugs. “Those in charge of the shipment said it was a conserving agent but after checks we confirmed it was cocaine,” he said.

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Drug Dealers Mocking President Obama

via KRGV

A police chase in Peñitas ends in a load of drugs, but what police say they’ve never seen is what the smugglers wrote on the bundles of marijuana.

Peñitas Police Chief Oscar Ontiveros says written on top of some of the packages were the words “Obama-USA” and “Obama-USA, Calderon-Mexico.”

Investigators say the message may have something to do with President Obama’s recent trip to Mexico.odd

Ontiveros says, “I think they’re trying to mock the president’s efforts to fight drugs.”

The drugs will be turned over to state or federal agents for further investigation.

Swine flu death toll in Mexico rises to 103

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Damn, Elijah Muhammad has been cleaning up as of lately. Gotta thank him for getting some of us off the pork, early.

via Alertnet

MEXICO CITY, April 26 (Reuters) – The death toll in Mexico from an outbreak of a new type of swine flu has risen to 103 people, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said on Sunday.

Cordova told Mexican television that around 400 people were in hospital out of a total of around 1,600 suspected cases.

The outbreak of a new strain of flu in Mexico in the last few days has stoked fears of a global epidemic as new cases cropped up in the United States and Canada. Possible infections are also being checked in Europe, Israel and New Zealand.

“The most recent reports we have are of 1,614 cases, with 103 deaths, and we still have around 400 patients in hospital,” Cordova told the Televisa network, explaining that around two-thirds of the sick patients had recovered.

Millions of Mexicans stayed indoors at the weekend or ventured out wearing surgical masks, especially in Mexico City where the government stopped public events and shut museums, bars and stadiums closed to try and contain the virus.

Prez Obama Targets Mexican Cartels

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via Washington Times

President Obama yesterday ratcheted up efforts to curb the flow of drugs and guns across the southern border, imposing financial sanctions against three of the most violent Mexican drug cartels and threatening to prosecute Americans who do business with them.

On the eve of his summit with Mexican President Felipe Calderón today, Obama added the cartels to the list of banned foreign “drug kingpins,” a move that empowers the federal government to seize their assets, estimated to be in the billions of dollars. It also allows the government to seek criminal penalties against U.S. firms or individuals who provide weapons, launder money or transport drugs or cash for the organizations.

By targeting the cartels — Sinaloa, Los Zetas and La Familia Michoacana — the administration expanded its support for Calderón’s crackdown on the narco-traffickers, an effort that has provoked a violent backlash and led to thousands of deaths in the past two years.

The Obama administration accelerated what is normally a year-long effort to add names to the banned list. The government did not identify assets held by the three cartels, but authorities have estimated that $19 billion to $39 billion in drug proceeds flows south each year from the United States.

The financial sanctions provide an additional tool against the organizations, whose drug and gun trafficking has proved exceedingly difficult to curtail. Mexico, for example, has seized more than 35,000 firearms from narco-traffickers since December 2006, and both governments say 90 percent of the weapons originated in the United States. Continue reading

Global Economic Collapse Means Boom Times for Criminal Syndicates

 

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via AlterNet

In all catastrophes, there are always winners among the host of losers and victims. Bad times, like good ones, generate profits for someone. In the case of the present global economic meltdown, with our world at the brink and up to 50 million people potentially losing their jobs by the end of this year, one winner is likely to be criminal activity and crime syndicates. From Mexico to Africa, Russia to China, the pool of the desperate and the bribable is expanding exponentially, pointing to a sharp upturn in global crime. As illicit profits rise, so will violence in the turf wars among competing crime syndicates and in the desperate efforts by panicked governments to put a clamp on criminal activity.

Take Mexico, just now in the headlines. In late March, during her first trip there as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was repeatedly asked about the burst of narcotics-related violence in that country, the thousands of deaths that have gone with it, the patent inability of the Mexican military to contain, no less repress, the drug trade, and the possibility that the country might be at risk of becoming a “failed state.” Mexico itself may not be in danger of collapse, she replieddiplomatically, but a very real danger threatens both countries from a rise in violent crime along the U.S.-Mexican border. “The criminals and kingpins spreading violence are trying to corrode the foundations of law, order, friendship, and trust between us,” she declared at a press conference in Mexico City. To counter this danger, the secretary of state promised a militarized response that reflected the level of danger she imagined — a significant increase in U.S. anti-narcotics assistance, including the expedited delivery of Black Hawk helicopters.

The Mexican drug trade itself is nothing new. The illicit export traffic to the United States and the ensuing bloody competition among drug traffickers for access to the U.S. market have long concerned U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities. In the last two years, however, the violence associated with this commerce has grown to unprecedented levels as the leading crime syndicates — the Juárez Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, and Los Zetas — havesuccessfully resisted a fierce government crackdown, while fighting among themselves for control over key border access points. According to Mexico’s Attorney General, Eduardo Medina-Mora, 5,376 Mexicans were killed in drug-related violence in the first 11 months of 2008 compared to 2,477 during the same period in 2007, an increase of 117%. And as times get ever tougher for ordinary Mexicans, recruiting for the trade grows ever easier while the killings only multiply. U.S. law enforcement officials now believe inter-gang warfare is spilling into the United States in a serious way, producing rising murder rates in border states like Arizona, California, and Texas. Continue reading

$2 Million in Drugs Found in Truck Stopped in Richmond

via Chron.com

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force arrested a suspected Mexican drug smuggler who they say transported $2 million worth of cocaine and marijuana through Richmond in the belly of a tractor trailer.stash_drugs

Truck driver Guadalupe Perales, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, over 2,000 pounds and possession of a controlled substance, over 200 grams.

Perales remained in the Fort Bend County jail Monday on $160,000 bail. An immigration hold had not been placed on him as of late Monday, officials said.

On Wednesday, Highway Criminal Interdiction Investigators stopped a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 59 near FM 762. Drug agents searched the vehicle and discovered about 3,348 pounds of marijuana in specially designed containers in the tractor portion of the rig and more than 200 pounds of cocaine in the trailer.

Officials seized the drugs and vehicle.

Officials suspect Perales is a drug smuggler employed by an organization based in Mexico. No further information about his possible connection was available. Continue reading

Plans for North American Union Dead in the Water

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The much heralded and hyped plan for a North American Union (a merger of the US, Mexico and Canada) appears to be dead on the drawing board.  Let’s see what Lou Dobbs has to say about this one.

via WorldNet

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is dead, says Robert A. Pastor, the American University professor who for more than a decade has been a major proponent of building a North American Community.

“The new president will probably discard the SPP,” Pastor wrote in an article titled “The Future of North America,” published in the current July/August issue of the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Affairs.

The SPP, which critics contend is a step toward a North American Union, is an agreement to increase cooperation on security and economic issues signed by the leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada in 2005. Despite having no authorization from Congress, the Bush administration launched extensive working-group activity to implement the agreement. The working groups – ranging from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and immigration – have counterparts in Mexico and Canada. Continue reading

Mexico Got the Gasolina for Cheap!

via Reuters

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. and Mexican entrepreneurs with an eye for a quick buck are buying subsidized fuel in bulk in Mexico and hauling it across the U.S. border to make big profits, officials say.

With a yawning gap between the cost of Mexico’s state-subsidized fuel and record U.S. pump prices, tanker truck owners and people doing business on the border are filling up tanks or plastic barrels with Mexican fuel and selling it in the United States.

Gasoline in Mexico is around a third cheaper than in the United States. For diesel, prices are more than double — well over $4 a gallon in U.S. border states compared to just over $2 in Mexican border cities.
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