Mexican Drugs a Scourge on Blue Island
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#1 Mar 2, 2014
Drug cartels The Doctor helped run Chicago operation
BY FRANK MAIN
They called him The Doctor. A trained physician, Enrique Avalos-Barriga was the Sinaloa cartels top guy in the United States. He lived in the Chicago area for nearly two years, orchestrating shipments of tons of cocaine across the Mexican border.
That was almost two decades ago, long before the Chicago Crime Commission last year branded Sinaloa leader Joaquin El Chapo Guzman as public enemy No. 1. Guzman, 56, was captured Feb. 22 and is in a maximum-security prison in Mexico. He faces charges in Chicago and other cities like New York and Miami, as well as Mexico.
Avalos, who rose to the top ranks of the Sinaloa cartel before falling out of favor with Guzman and suffering in a torture chamber in Mexico, is important to the story of the cartel in Chicago because hes thought to be the organizations first major player to live here.
The cartel sent Avalos to Chicago because they didnt think anybody was connecting the dots, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official said. Living under an assumed name in a quiet neighborhood in Berwyn, he made Chicago a hub for the cartel to move drugs across the country on the rail system. The cartel is now thought to supply most of Chicagos heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
They were branching out at that point, setting up warehouses across the country, said another law enforcement official who investigated Avalos and the Sinaloa cartel in the 1990s.He was their man.
But things ended badly for Avalos in Chicago.
Although he opened warehouses for the cartel in Los Angeles, New Jersey and the Chicago suburbs, he also lost $1 million in cash and was responsible for hundreds of kilos of cocaine seized by the feds.
He was called back to Mexico to answer to Guzman for the losses and was tortured for days.
He lived, all the while concealing a scrap of paper in his rectum. The paper, with his name on it, was like a soldiers dog tags: He hoped authorities would find the paper and identify him for his family if he were killed, chopped up and dumped somewhere, according to court records.
Avalos, now 68, was arrested in 1995 in a federal narcotics case in San Diego, convicted of drug conspiracy charges and sentenced to life in prison.
Still, his legacy lives on in Chicago.
The cartel continued to control the drug supply in Chicago with almost no mention in the local media until 2009 when then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced charges here against Guzman and his lieutenants.
These cartels are not abstract organizations operating in far-off places, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at the time.They are multibillion-dollar networks funneling drugs onto our streets.
Its a near monopoly that The Doctor helped create here in the early 1990s after fleeing California, court records show.
In 1993, Avalos was living in Tijuana, Mexico, and in southern California.
He posed as a legitimate food distributor but was connected to the construction of a 1,450-foot tunnel between Tijuana and a warehouse at Otay Mesa, Calif., where the cartel planned to import tons of drugs.
When Mexican authorities stumbled onto the unfinished tunnel in May 1993, Avalos went into hiding.
He surfaced in Chicago, where he continued to direct the Guzman organizations U.S. operations, according to a federal indictment in San Diego.
#3 Mar 2, 2014
Sad but once the government can find a way to make money they will legalize this doping of America and continued devastation of families as they are doing by legalizing marijuana. The capture of El Chapo is political marketing... This guy will probably be hired excused by Obama and hired as a distribution and marketing Czar.
#4 Mar 2, 2014
Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1:'El Chapo'
By Mariano Castillo,
Chicago Crime Commission names a new Public Enemy No. 1
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the most wanted man
He is in hiding in Mexico but is blamed for the majority of narcotics in Chicago
(CNN)-- The Chicago Crime Commission named a new Public Enemy No. 1 on Thursday, a designation originally crafted for Al Capone. The new holder of this dubious distinction, however, is not American nor believed to be in the United States. He is Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the infamous Mexican drug lord who is Chicago's most wanted because his Sinaloa cartel supplies a majority of the narcotics in the city.
Not since Capone "has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman," commission President J.R. Davis said in a news release. "Guzman is the major supplier of narcotics to Chicago. His agents are working in the Chicago area importing vast quantities of drugs for sale throughout the Chicago region and collecting and sending to Mexico tens of millions of dollars in drug money."
Daughter of accused drug lord deported to Mexico
Guzman is the boss of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking operations.
His nickname, which means "shorty," matches his 5-foot-6-inch frame, though he has climbed to great heights in the drug smuggling business. Forbes magazine has estimated that "El Chapo" is worth $1 billion.
The U.S. Treasury Department has declared him the most influential trafficker in the world, and Mexican authorities have been on his tail since his 2001 escape from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart.
Chicago is among the major destinations for the cartel's illegal drugs.
"While Chicago is 1,500 miles from Mexico, the Sinaloa drug cartel is so deeply embedded in the city that local and federal law enforcement are forced to operate as if they are on the border," said Jack Riley, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration's office in the city.
The DEA is heading up a new strike force focusing on what Riley calls "choke points": where the drugs and money change hands between the cartel operatives and Chicago gangs. Language and cultural barriers at that juncture make the criminal groups more vulnerable, he said in a statement.
Officials hope this strategy weakens the cartel and creates leads that may bring the capture of Guzman, who is in hiding in Mexico.
"If I pitted Chicago's traditional organized crime group against Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel, it wouldn't be a fight," Riley said. "In my opinion, Guzman is the new Al Capone of Chicago. His ability to corrupt and enforce his sanctions with his endless supply of revenue is more powerful than Chicago's Italian organized crime gang."
#5 Mar 2, 2014
Blog del Narco: The Family History of the Notorious El Chapo
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera had at least nine children with three women. One of them, like one of his brothers children was killed. Other family members have been arrested and remain under surveillance by Mexican and U.S. authorities. El Chapo, was arrested Saturday by Mexican marines in the resort city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
From Guzmans first marriage, to Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernandez in 1977, he had two children: César Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo.
With his second wife, Griselda López Pérez (also known as Karla Pérez Rojo) he had four children: Joaquin, Edgar, Ovidio, and Griselda Guadalupe.
In 2007, El Chapo married his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a native of Durango, and niece of his former partner Ignacio Nacho Coronel. Cornel died in 2010 in a military operation in Zapopan, Jalisco.
Emma Coronel, hails from El Chapos home state of Sinaloa. The couple has twin daughters, Maria Joaquina and Emali Guadalupe, born in August 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
These are the children that are publicly known of, thus far.
El Chapos son- Edgar Guzman Salazar was shot along with his companions in the parking lot of a mall in Culiacan, Sinaloa, in May 2008.
In a ballad published after the death of 22-year-old Guzman Salazar, singer Lupillo Rivera tells a story that on May 10 you could not find a single red rose in Culiacan because all were sent to the son of the Lord of the Mountain. In the song, Rivera mentions the name of Edgar Guzman.
The case against Ivan Archivaldo
El Chapos other son, Archivaldo Ivan Guzman Salazar, nicknamed El Chapito, was arrested in 2005 in Zapopan, in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, and accused of laundering money for the organization led by his father.
He was released in April 2008 after the Mexican government failed to prove his guilt.
The judge who issued the release, Jesus Guadalupe Luna Altamirano, was then subject to an investigation for alleged irregularities.
Goodbye brother and collaborator
On September 21, 2001, almost eight months after the infamous escape of Guzman from Puente Grande prison, authorities arrested El Chapos brother, Arturo Guzmán Loera, in Mexico City.
Chicken, as he was known, had assumed the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel while his brother remained imprisoned.
In 2004, the former head of logistics for Chapos brother was killed inside prison with a gun smuggled into the prison. He was shot while talking to his lawyer.
Jose Ramirez Villanueva, the alleged shooter, was unofficially linked to the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas Guillen.
Another brother goes to jail
Miguel Angel Guzman Loera,El Mudo was arrested by the Mexican Army in Culiacan in June 2005, while celebrating his daughters Quinceanera.
The Ministry of Defense accused El Chapos brother of the movement of drugs and money in bulk from the Sinaloa cartel to the United States.
In August 2008, Miguel Angel Guzman was sentenced to 13 years in prison, a sentence that he is currently serving in the Altiplano prison, in a special area that as of Saturday he shares with his brother, according to a report from Millennium TV.
The arrest of Wife Griselda
IIn May, 2010 federal agents arrested Griselda Lopez, the second wife of Guzman, at her home in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
The PGR said at the time that records indicated that Lopez expenses were much higher than her income from income reported to the Treasury. Lopez, however, was released after making a statement to an agent of the federal prosecutors.
#6 Mar 3, 2014
A very sad story about my neighbor. A wonderful Family. Her GOOD FRIEND introduced her to heroin. It was scary to watch her deteriorate. She divorced her Husband, the Family broke up, they lost their home. She traded her body for heroin. A terrible price to pay. This same scenario has happened many times here in Blue Island. Joaquin el chapo Guzman must stand trial here in Chicago, for the misery he brought to people. What kind of Family man is he?
#7 Mar 4, 2014
The reason he became so successful, your corrupt government allowed this to happen.. We can't even protect our borders.
#8 Mar 6, 2014
Today we Remember the Alamo, and those brave men who lost their lives. There were no survivors.
I Pray that our wonderful Country The United States of America, would finally seal the borders, and end this drug problem. We owe our Children, Grandchildren, future generations nothing less. We can accomplish this if we have the desire. We should not turn our backs on future generations of Americans, but ensure they experience this Great American Experience that we have. Please join us in this fight. There is much you can do. Write and phone, all elected persons, demand the fight on illegals drugs be won, not lost. Do not give up on this Great Country. This is worth your precious time, this is worth the fight.
#9 Mar 6, 2014
The Illinois elected leaders in Springfield Voted to reduce proactive programs and treatment programs to fight substance abuse.
#10 Mar 7, 2014
Latin Kings enforcer found guilty of racketeering
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter March 6, 2014
A high-ranking leader of the Latin Kings street gang who once ordered a young thief be disciplined by having his hands broken with a hammer has been found guilty in a federal racketeering case.
Convicted murderer Juan Amaya, 37, acted as the gangs enforcer in its stronghold of Little Village, where an estimated 1,000 Latin Kings live.
He was caught on a wiretap ordering 17-year-old Rodolfo Salazars hands smashed in 2008, after Salazar allegedly stole from the home of the girlfriend of the Latin Kings national leader, Augustin Zambrano, evidence during a weeklong trial showed.
A cooperating witness, Ruben Caquias, who was in the room when Salazar was punished, testified during the trial that he heard the sounds of Salazars knuckles cracking as they were hit with the hammer.
Salazar was fatally gunned down a few months later.
El Chapos right hand man! Isn't Illegal immigration beautiful
#11 Mar 7, 2014
El Chapos alleged key lieutenant backs out of plea following Chuck Goudie report
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter March 7, 2014
One of Joaquin El Chapo Guzmans alleged key lieutenants backed out of his plans to plead guilty in federal court Friday after an inaccurate report by ABC7 News reporter Chuck Goudie may have put his family at risk.
Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez indicated last week that he would plead guilty to drug trafficking charges under a blind plea, an indication that he was not cooperating with prosecutors.
But Goudie who was not in court incorrectly broadcast later that evening that Vasquez Hernandez had turned against El Chapo, the billionaire Sinaloa Cartel boss who was recently captured in Mexico.
The veteran newsmans blunder put Vasquez Hernandez in fear of his family in Mexicos safety, and he withdrew his offer to plead guilty and will now proceed to trial, his attorney Paul Brayman said Friday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Shakeshaft called Goudies error,an unfortunate piece of journalism.
The defendant has no plan to cooperate with the government, Brayman told U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo.That was not true.
He does not intend to testify against anyone, ever.
Brayman said rumors about Vasquez Hernandezs cooperation spread quickly through the Metropolitan Correctional Center and back to Mexico, after Goudies broadcast.
Speaking outside court, he said he had reached out to Goudie, who corrected the story online but told him he did not believe he had given the impression Vasquez Hernandez was cooperating against El Chapo.
Vasquez Hernandez allegedly coordinated shipments of tons of cocaine into Mexico and multiple kilos into the U.S.
The Sun-Times reported last week that he has made no deal with prosecutors.
Brayman said last week that Hernandez, who went by the nickname Alfredo Compadre, would be pleading to drug possession with intent to supply.
Increased interest in the case was sparked by the recent arrest of Guzman, who was charged alongside Hernandez in the indictment in 2009, and is allegedly responsible for smuggling the majority of illegal drugs sold on Chicagos streets.
Chicago Drug Enforcement Administration boss Jack Riley previously told the Sun-Times hed be pushing for Guzman, who has also been indicted in other jurisdictions and still faces Mexican justice, to be tried in Chicago.
But with more than half a dozen criminal cases pending against Guzman in Mexico, Mexican officials are in no rush to extradite him.
I dont think its going to happen anytime soon, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said in a radio interview.
The gray-haired Hernandez, 58, allegedly described himself as a lifelong friend of Guzman. He will now stand trial alongside another alleged Sinaloa trafficker in May.
Brayman asked Castillo is Vasquez Hernandez could be tried in a bench trial, but the judge declined, saying Vasquez Hernandez will be tried by jury as previously planned.
Wearing an orange Bureau of Prisons jumpsuit and leg shackles in court Friday, Vasquez Hernandez followed proceedings via an interpreter but made no comment.
Prosecutors say he was one of the cartels logistics chiefs, and that they have him on tape discussing the importation of cocaine into Mexico from Colombia via submarine, as well as the shipments via train of hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Chicago.
Blue Island, and residents have suffered, because of this illegal activity.
#12 Mar 7, 2014
Do not expect any help from your State Legislator. They are busy trying their best, to increase crime in the State of Illinois. In many Districts, they owe The Hispanic Democratic Organization. The War on Drugs does not exist, as far as they are concerned.
#13 Mar 7, 2014
Who is El chapo go to guy in Blue Island?
#14 Mar 7, 2014
Wow I never thought of this. Yeah, there must be a connection.
#15 Mar 8, 2014
Chuck Goodie needs to come to Blue Island, to do an expose on the failed war on drugs program.
#17 Mar 26, 2014
Key El Chapo lieutenant pleads guilty, but not cooperating
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter March 26, 2014 12:18PM
One of drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzmans henchmen pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to plotting to deliver heroin to Chicago.
Tomas Arevalo-Renteria, 46, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and could be jailed for life.
But prosecutors, his lawyer and U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo all went to great lengths Wednesday to stress that Arevalo-Renteria is not cooperating with prosecutors against El Chapo, who was, until his recent capture in Mexico, the worlds most wanted felon.
Authorities are still hopeful that Guzman the Sinaloa drug cartels chief, dubbed Chicagos Public Enemy No. 1 eventually will be brought to Chicago to face U.S. justice.
But a gaffe by ABC7 news reporter Chuck Goudie earlier this month caused the collapse of a planned guilty plea by Arevalo-Renterias codefendant Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, an outcome everyone involved in the case was keen to avoid Wednesday.
Vasquez-Hernandez withdrew his plan to plead guilty after Goudie erroneously reported that he had turned against El Chapo. Vasquez-Hernandezs family in Mexico went into hiding in fear of their lives after untrue rumors about his cooperation spread through the federal prison system following Goudies report, Vasquez-Hernandezs lawyer, Paul Brayman, said at the time.
ABC7 removed the story from its website but Goudie declined to admit any mistake was made.
During Wednesdays hearing, Arevalo-Renteria spoke in Spanish, confirming through an interpreter that he was pleading guilty to a single count, and that he has no cooperation deal.
Prosecutor Thomas Shakeshaft said that the only concession the government has given to Arevalo-Renteria is an agreement not to ask for a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in his case.
Arevalo-Renteria still faces 10 years to life, and federal guidelines are likely to suggest a sentence of about 30 years is appropriate.
He is due to be sentenced after Vasquez-Hernandez stands trial in May.
Increased interest in the case was sparked by the recent arrest after a decade-long manhunt of Guzman, who was indicted alongside Arevalo-Renteria and Vasquez-Hernandez in 2009, and is allegedly responsible for smuggling the majority of illegal drugs sold on Chicagos streets.
This Mexican drug cartel destroyed Blue Island, and other south southwest suburbs.
#18 Mar 27, 2014
Of course he won't cooperate. You think the Sinaloa cartel can't buy a few jail administrators and guards, and not for that much $$, and get to the snitches? Given the weakness of Chicago's war on drugs--Chicago is the Sinaloa cartel's central transship point for moving billions of dollars of drugs from Mexico across the US-- that war is already lost. We Americans love our illegal drugs and we want to keep buying them, untaxed. And the cartels have already bought a whole lot of politicians, I would guess. When have you heard Emmanuel or McCarthy call out the illegal drug trade. Like, rarely. It's all about gun control for them..
#19 Mar 27, 2014
Part of this is true but the big part that people still can not or will not face is that the Cartel CAN NOT & WILL NOT sell drugs in Chicago and the Burbs unless the Outfit gives them permission.
The Outfit otherwise known by the FBI as La Cosa Nostra or Mafia controls everything in Chicago & other places. They have gone underground, unseen and unheard. The Outfit capos have told the crews and the soldato's who are in them to behave and don't bring attention to themselves. The Mafia still lives & don't let anyone tell you different.
#20 Mar 27, 2014
Blue Island is protected by the moat.
#21 Mar 27, 2014
$10M bond for woman charged in crash that killed off-duty officer
A 31-year-old Calumet Park woman was ordered held on a $10 million bond Sunday after being charged with murder in connection with a police chase early Friday morning that killed an off-duty Chicago police officer, authorities said.
Shanell Terrell, of the 12300 block of South Throop Street, was given that bond in Cook County Bond Court this morning by Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Brown. Terrell is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing an accident causing bodily injury and possession of cannabis, Cook County State's Attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said Saturday evening.
Supporters of Terrell stood as prosecutors recounted the alleged acts and cried as they left court.
"$10 million? That's my daughter," said a man who identified himself as Will Terrell, the defendant's father.
"She's got three daughters she should've been home with," he said outside the courtroom before those with him pulled him away.
Solomon Wyatt, 33, of the 12300 block of South Throop Street in Calumet Park, was in the passenger seat of Terrell's van, according to Cook County Assistant State's Atty. Patrick McGuire. He faces charges of unlawful possession of cannabis and the manufacturing and delivery of cannabis, with his bond set at $50 thousand.
Police saw him throw three vacuum-sealed bags containing 4 pounds and 9 ounces of what police suspect is cannabis from the van after the fatal crash, McGuire said. Police found an additional 4 pounds in the van, he said.
Authorities said Terrell was behind the wheel of a white van and being pursued by a Calumet Park patrol officer when she plowed into Officer David Harris' black Lexus shortly before 1 a.m. at the corner of 87th Street and South Lafayette Avenue.
In a statement Saturday night, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the charges "a measure of justice for Officer Harris as well as his family, friends, and colleagues, though the pain of his loss makes the news bittersweet."
"On behalf of the entire Chicago Police Department, I would like to express deepest condolences to the Harris family," McCarthy said.
Harris, 42, had just finished his shift as a member of a special "saturation" team assigned to patrol some of the citys most dangerous blocks and was about 15 minutes from home when the crash pushed his Lexus against a light pole, authorities said.
The highly decorated 10½- year department veteran with a wife and two young sons died at the scene, authorities said.
The fatal crash has prompted Calumet Park police to review whether the department's police pursuit policy was followed. Police Chief Mark Davis told the Tribune on Friday that police were ordered to halt the pursuit of Terrell's van prior to the crash. The patrol officer involved in the pursuit, identified by Davis as Jerald Nettles, is on desk duty while that review takes place.
"The standard policy is if the danger to public safety outweighs the public threat, it should be terminated," Davis told the Tribune. "Whether the policy was followed, we have to investigate."
A witness reported that Terrell's van attempted to elude the police pursuit by driving off and back onto the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Police found several bags of marijuana inside Terrell's van after the crash. She suffered a broken arm, while a 33-year-old male passenger with a history of Cook County drug-related charges and convictions was transported under police guard to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County with serious injuries that required surgery, authorities said.
Illinois Secretary of State office records show that Terrell has multiple traffic stops for driving without a license, speeding and disregarding stop or yield signs. She also has a criminal record that includes retail theft and shoplifting charges and convictions in Cook County, court records show.
#22 Mar 27, 2014
Prior to joining Chicago police, Harris worked in Maywood from 1997 to 2003. That department's former police chief, Tim Curry, called Harris "one of our best guys."
"We knew he had potential," Curry told the Tribune on Friday. "We weren't surprised that he would end up going to a bigger police department."
A next-door neighbor told reporters on Friday that Harris often kept the neighborhood informed of recent crimes in the area.
"A good man, a good father," said neighbor Bill Burns. "And to leave a young wife with two young boys like that, it' just tragic."
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