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Wednesday
Oct172012

Drug Lord's Pregnant Daughter Caught Sneaking into US, Feds Say

Facebook(SAN DIEGO) -- The pregnant daughter of Mexico's most famous and elusive drug lord has been caught trying to use false papers to sneak into the U.S. and give birth, say officials.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, was arrested on Friday afternoon at the San Ysidro crossing south of San Diego, the nation's busiest. She is the daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman, the Sinaloa cartel chieftain long sought by both Mexican and U.S. authorities.

Guzman Salazar, who attempted to enter the U.S. on foot, reportedly told authorities she was seven months pregnant. According to the criminal complaint against Guzman Salazar, "Defendant stated that her intent was to enter into the United States and travel to Los Angeles, California in order to give birth to her child." She has been charged with fraud and appeared before a federal judge today.

In 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times, Chapo Guzman's wife crossed the border into California to give birth to twin girls at a hospital outside Los Angeles. Authorities said at the time they had no legal reason to hold Emma Coronel, a 22-year-old Mexican beauty queen and U.S. citizen.

Chapo Guzman, 54, has had at least three wives, according to authorities, including his first wife, Maria, who is Guzman Salazar's mother. The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on Maria and on Chapo Guzman's second wife, Griselda.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Guzman Salazar on Oct. 25. She is represented by Jan Ronis, a prominent San Diego attorney who previously represented Mexican drug lord Benjamin Arellano Felix. Arellano Felix pled guilty to racketeering and money laundering in federal court earlier this year. Authorities captured Arellano after tracking his daughter's trips to San Diego.

The U.S. Attorney's office in San Diego declined to comment on defendant Guzman Salazar's identity or relationship with Chapo Guzman.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Mexico Drug King's Wife Has Babies in US

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(LOS ANGELES) -- The wife of Mexico's most powerful drug lord came to the U.S. to deliver twin girls in a Los Angeles hospital, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, traveled to L.A. in July and delivered twin girls on Aug. 15, according to the Los Angeles Times. She then returned with her daughters to Mexico, where her husband is thought to be surrounded by heavily armed soldiers in remote mountain areas.

The space for "father's name" on the birth certificates was left blank, the paper reported.

Guzman is alleged by the Drug Enforcement Agency to be partly responsible for nearly 200 tons of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. and $5.8 billion in narcotics profits smuggled out of the U.S. since 1990.

The Drug Enforcement Administration told the newspaper they were aware of Emma Coronel's movements, but could not arrest her because there are no charges against her. They did not detain her for information about Guzman's whereabouts because he is thought to be too well-protected to arrest, according to the report.

Antelope Valley Hospital would not comment about Coronel's delivery, though a nurse in the Couplet Care department said she did not remember Coronel specifically and the press department was not immediately aware of any issues surrounding Coronel's stay.

Guzman, 54, married Coronel, 22, four years ago after he saw her in a beauty pageant, according to the report. Coronel was crowned Miss Coffee and Guava at the pageant, and the two married a few months later. Coronel is the niece of Guzman's former business partner, Igancio "Nacho" Coronel, who controlled the methamphetamine trade within Guzman's cartel. He was killed last year.

The U.S. Department of Justice offers $5 million for information leading to Guzman's arrest.

The DEA did not return calls for comment.

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Wednesday
Sep212011

'Cross-Dressing' Jamaican Drug Lord Begs U.S. Judge for Mercy

Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke is shown in this photo after his capture in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 22, 2010. (EPA)(NEW YORK) -- A "cross-dressing" Jamaican drug lord extradited to New York after a month-long gun battle with police that killed at least 70 people has asked for leniency in a letter that begins, "Good day to you, Sir," and cites his support of community jamborees and holiday treats for the elderly.

Christopher "Dudus" Coke, leader of the Jamaica-based international criminal organization called the "Shower Posse," pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courtroom on August 31, 2011 to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. When Coke was arrested in Jamaica in June 2010, Jamaican police claimed he and his gunmen had used women's disguises to evade capture.

Coke, 42, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 8, when he could face 20 years in prison. In his letter to Judge Robert Patterson, he "humbly ask[s]" for the judge's discretion because of the many "charitable deeds and social services" he has provided to his community.

"[I] host a lot of charity events annually such as: A. An Easter treat for the elderly persons in my community. B. A back to school treat for the children after the summer holiday has ended, by giving the children school bags, books, pen, pencils, uniforms and other items that are necessary for school. … C. A community jamboree in the month of December." He also claims to have established a youth club and a computer school, to have found jobs for the unemployed, and to have helped enforce a curfew for teens and children in Tivoli Gardens.

"Dudus" Coke was a popular figure among many in the West Kingston slums because of the money he spread around -- allegedly the profits from his international drug operation. When the Jamaican government announced that it would cooperate with the U.S. and attempt to capture him, the communities allied to Coke began non-violent protests, then fortified their neighborhood with sandbags, threw up roadblocks, installed improvised explosive devices and electrified fencing, all in an effort to block Coke's arrest.

According to The New York Times, however, Judge Patterson also received a letter from a West Kingston resident asking that Dudus be sentenced to life in prison because of his alleged personal responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of Jamaicans.

"Mr. Coke is the Hitler of the Caribbean," wrote Maxine Riley, who charged that Coke's gunmen had killed her son Dexter when he was 16. Prosecutors have alleged that Coke ordered murders and shootings, and punished one man for stealing drugs by killing him with a chainsaw.

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