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Entries in Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (3)

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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun232012

Mexican Government Admits Mistaken Identity in Guzman Drug Arrest

Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- The Mexican government has admitted that it mistakenly identified the man they arrested as the son of the nation's most-wanted drug lord, the BBC reports.

Officials on Thursday paraded a man they believed to be Jesus Alfredo Guzman, son of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, before the media. Officials acknowledged the arrest as one of the most important in years. But the man they took into custody was a car salesman named Felix Beltran Leon, according to the attorney general's office.

A lawyer who claimed to speak for the Guzman family denied that the suspect was in fact the son of "El Chapo." Leon's mother also spoke to journalists and denied any connection to the Sinaloa cartel or Joaquin Guzman. After several hours of identity tests, the Calderon government admitted its mistake, suffering an embarrassing blow, the BBC says.  

The Sinaloa cartel controls much of the drug trade into the United States and is notorious as one of Mexico's most powerful organized crime groups.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun212012

Mexican Drug Lord Son Captured, Authorities Say

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mexican authorities said today they captured the son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the notorious leader of one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, a suspected high-level operative in his father's Sinaloa cartel, was nabbed Tuesday morning in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a statement released by the Mexican Navy.

The younger Guzman was indicted in Chicago in 2009 for his alleged role in "narcotics trafficking activities to import multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Central and South American countries, through Mexico, and into the United States."

Earlier this month, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Guzman Salazar and his wife, Maria Alegandrina Salazar Hernandez, as key Sinaloa cartel operatives.

"This action builds on Treasury's aggressive efforts, alongside its law enforcement partners, to target individuals who facilitate Chapo Guzman's drug trafficking operations and to pursue the eventual dismantlement of his organization, which is culpable in untold violence," Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said then. Guzman Salazar's wife, the Treasury Department said, provided "material support" for drug trafficking activities.

In February, Mexican authorities nearly nabbed "El Chapo" himself, but the drug lord managed to escape -- a blunder that left American officials questioning whether someone was tipping him off.

Time and again, the U.S. provides Mexican law enforcement with precise intelligence about the safe houses where "El Chapo" is hiding. And every time the Mexicans raid a house, the man that the U.S. government calls "the most powerful drug trafficker in the world" manages to escape at the last minute.

"Every time he gets away, they tell us, 'He got out the back door,'" said one American official. U.S. officials have started to joke that "there is no word for 'surround' in Spanish."

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