Thursday, March 3, 2011
U.S. and Columbian Authorities tracking El Chapo’s supply lines
The Colombian police, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are all looking for three brothers who are associated of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, according to officials in Bogotá, Colombia.
The director of the Colombian Police, general Óscar Naranjo, said the this was an “international manhunt” to find the three suspects, Jorge Milton, Dolly de Jesús and Hildebrando Alexander Cifuentes Villa.
Operation Mercurio,” as it has been named, enlists the help of Mexican authorities in order to find and apprehend 45 members of ‘los Cifuentes Villa’ who are on “Clinton’s list”, said a Colombian official during a press conference.
The Colombian police believe that “disrupting these supply and lines of communication between these international organizations is a way to cut their ties and throw alliances into doubt. These organizations are a problem for the national security interests of all 3 countries.”
This new offensive has been underway since early last week. In Columbia, three arrest warrants have been issued against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman
“Operation Mercurio” signifies a big step in cooperation between the two allies, who are both seeking the arrest of the Cifuentes Villa brothers who are all wanted on trafficking and money laundering charges in the South Florida District of the U.S.
According to the investigations, the three bothers inherited the organization from their brother Francisco Cifuentes Villa, alias “Pacho Cifuentes” , who initiated them into the trafficking business. “Pacho Cifuentes” began his own careers as a pilot and man of confidence to infamous Colombian trafficker, Pablo Escobar, who was at the time boss of the Medellín cartel.
“Pacho Cifuentes” was assinated on April 23rd 2007. He left his businesses and wealth to his widow, María Patricia Rodríguez, who was arrested and extradited to the U.S. in 2010. His three brothers have yet to be caught.
The other 45 people who are mentioned as targets of “Operación Mercurio” are refferred to as being on the “Clinton list” (all are wanted for narcotrafficking or money-laundering crimes) .
The Sum of nationalities sought is: 28 Colombians, 6 Mexicans, 6 Panamanians, 2 Ecuadorean, 2 Spanish and 1 U.S. citizens.
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PDF image of the Current Colombia/Sinaloa cocaine supply lines