Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico's President says 'El Chapo' May be in the U.S.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 |

Los Angeles Times

Mexican President Felipe Calderon told an American newspaper the world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, may be living in the United States.

"He is not in Mexican territory, and I suppose that Chapo is in American territory," Calderon said in comments published this week in the New York Times, according to a Spanish-language transcript the newspaper later published online.

The president added: "The surprising thing here is that he or his wife are so comfortable in the United States, which leads me to ask, well, how many families or how many Mexican drug lords could be living more calmly on the north side of the border than on the south side? What leads Chapo Guzman to keep his family in the United States?'"

Calderon was responding to a question that referred to a Los Angeles Times report that Guzman's wife had given birth to twin girls in an L.A. County hospital in August.

He said reporters should ask "American customs authorities" why Emma Coronel, 22, wasn't detained while inside the U.S. (A senior law enforcement official told The Times that authorities had tracked Coronel, a U.S. citizen, to Southern California but did not arrest her because no charges are pending against her.)

U.S. authorities have said they believe that Guzman is probably hiding out in the remote mountainous region of western Mexico, where he started his drug empire.

The president's office declined to elaborate on Calderon's comments. No response came from relevant agencies in the U.S. government.

But the almost casual declaration from Mexico's president that Guzman was assumed to be in the United States sparked an outburst of political chatter and confounded even longtime Mexico watchers.

"He's defensive, and what does he have to show for six years?" said George W. Grayson, a U.S. analyst.

Since taking office in 2006, Calderon has deployed troops in a bloody war against drug traffickers that has claimed tens of thousands of lives but, according to a recent U.S. government report, made no significant dent in the multibillion-dollar narcotics market in the United States.

His predecessor, fellow conservative Vicente Fox, has called for legalizing drugs and made headlines this week by repeating suggestions that Mexico's leaders negotiate a cease-fire with the cartels.

Guzman, meanwhile, remains at large.

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Anonymous said...

Chapo is everywhere yet he is nowhere..

Anonymous said...

Prob not. All his corrupt officials are in mex.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha dumbass Calderon always trying to clean his hands with the U.S. Hes a failure, flonke like we call them in south tx. Chapo is probably his neighboor lol. Oh well keep the Yesca coming

Anonymous said...

I saw el chapo fly fishing the mighty mo in montana with miss usa

Anonymous said...

I saw him with Elvis in Vegas last week. Hell of a party.

Anonymous said...

They will never get el Chapo O el Mayo...nobody understands how smart El Chapo is....they will live the life just as Juan N. Guerra did.

Anonymous said...

Buena suerte con el Chapo......GN F18

Anonymous said...

i saw someone who"s the spitting image of Chapo working in a kebab shop in east london perhaps they should send some people over here..... they cant do no worse lol

Anonymous said...

I heard the USA gave El Chapo his US Citizenship

Anonymous said...

mexican police is not stupid, just fucking corrupt to the core, they know where he is ,common enemy are the zetas,u got to deal with the devil sometimes. Rumors are he betrays to much.every plaza he tries to takes turns into a bloodbath.i saw him taking a picture in front of the white house.

Anonymous said...

I saw El Capo at The Holliday Inn down Austin, TX dancing la quebradita with both Jenna Bush and Chelsea Clinton! What a wild ass party!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahah! That pic doesn't look nothing like him now, there a bunch of idiots they need to update his pic!

Anonymous said...

He probably splits his time between NYC and Washington DC making sure Wall St. and the political elite get the best, most pure cocaine. He also needs to keep an eye on the money they are laundering for him...

Anonymous said...

Talk about corrupt police! Chief Agustin Dovalina , agent Hale and many others were fired from their jobs and put in jail for transporting and escorting drug shipments with their official vehicles for the drug cartels, Laredo City Major Raul Salinas, was a former FBI Agent with close ties to Esparragoza aka El Azul, Neto Fonseca , Rafael Caro Quintero and Manuel Salcido Uzueta aka El Cochiloco. what about that just for a small town like Laredo, Tx.

Anonymous said...

Of course they know where he's at! We knEw where Osama bin laden was right? They just wanna capture el lazca and cmd. 40 first, have the sinaloa and golfo finish off the Zetas, and then they deal with el chapo.

minor600 said...

FUNNY HOW Felipe Calderon TRYIN TO THROW US OFFF.... HE KNO EXACTLY WHERE CHAPO IS LOL... ITS ALL GOOD THO... THE MEDIA ALLWAYS REPORT THE BAD STUFF ABOUT ABOUT THESE DRUG LORDS...BUT THEY FAIL TO REPORT THE GOOD .... CHAPO HAS BUILT SCHOOLS,COMMUNTY CENTERS,APTMENTS,HOMES ETC.

Anonymous said...

Someone reported last week that Chapo was spotted in a tent one night last week with one baby twin, and 2 body guards at Occupy Austin.

Anonymous said...

So when will Obama apologize to Calderon? lol

Anonymous said...

I SAW HIM LOOKING OUT A SECOND STORY WINDOW OF THE WHITE HOUSE HE WAS ON A CELL PHONE AND WAS DRINKIN A CORONA...LOL

Anonymous said...

I saw el chapo at the la county fair with a beer and a hot dog

Mr. Clean Mexico said...

@Minor600

Your right they only report the bad. I'm from Durango and he is loved over there. Why?? Builds roads and schools, etc. His people actually fill the void of police. Any problems or issue, let them know they will take care of it. I'm not in favor of any cartel. I'm just saying what I see.

Anonymous said...

10:13 am Does the US goverment really know where el chapo is???? Ooh so they just wanna wait for the Chapo Guzman to finish the Zetas & The Juarez Cartel & The Beltran Leyvas & CAF,damm that sounds alot like ignorence.

Chapos time as the Untouchable (by the goverment of course) is almost over,2012.Thats why you hear even Calderons goverment already asking publicly about his whereabouts.All the biggest drug lords have fallen.EX:Pablo Escobar,Amado Carillo,Don Neto,Miguel Felix Gallardo,Rafael Caro Quintero,Julio Beltran Quintero,Arturo Beltran,El Mochomo,Osiel Cardenas,...Chapos not the exception.

Anonymous said...

I saw Chapo at a chinese buffet having dinner with Oprah... He was really enjoying himself.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't President [sic]Calderon chillando the other day about the US deporting too many MEXICAN criminals back to MEXICO??? So what's his problem then if we just have one more of his MEXICAN criminals over here. I thought that's what he wanted.

Anonymous said...

Nah man I saw him on the riverwalk. He was our waiter at Casa Rio!

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't anyone in The Game bring their families to the U.S. in the face of so much corruption and impunity in Mexico? Getting here would be no problem, what with so many Border Patrol and Customs agents in the employ of the cartels, so swafe passage isn't a concern. Once here, it's a simple matter to fade into the background, since freedom of movement here is an easy matter, and civil liberties, though eroded, are are held in much higher esteem here than down south.
The whole thing makes perfect sense. Additionally, ony 2 out of a hundred murders ends in a conviction down there, so LE up here is much more on the ball in general, corrupt agents aside. Much easier to assure security, once here.

Anonymous said...

of course he,s in the us or europe this guys do whatever they want. private jet to mex.

Anonymous said...

All I know is someone needs to buy him a new coat. Damn......

Anonymous said...

I just saw Chapo at Club Rehab in Vegas. He was partying with LMFAO & pitbull ordering SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS

Pablo Smtih said...

Ask George Bushie who that little midget who waters the horses at his ranch is. I saw a 3ft 11 inhe guy driving a Ford F350 with a bumper sticker that said this truck belongs to George Bushie.

Anonymous said...

I just saw daddy chapo at taco bell! He was ordering a chalupa with extra tomatoes!

Anonymous said...

Chapo is with air force amy at the bunny ranch!

Anonymous said...

I saw a mechanic that looks just like el chapo, and he had a evil glare that freaked me out cuz it felt like he saw right trough me. Maybe that was him hiding that way.

Anonymous said...

I seen this clown Chapo at Walmart... He bitch slapped one of the employees because they didn't have a "litlle people" department.

Anonymous said...

Haha -ALL- of you people are punks.
Nutt Up Or Shutt Up.
Go To Mexico &' Tell Thatt To His People...

Anonymous said...

l googled police chief agustin dovelina from laredo and he was fired for excepting bribes not for drugs and found nothing on agent hale...so where are you getting your info from?

Anonymous said...

10:17 Does he pay your bills or does he feed your kids? Why you get so mad when you've never even met him or ever will!!hahaha

Anonymous said...

There is word spreading that El Chapo is a supervisor for the U.S Border Patrol, or the owner of a Mexican mariscos restaurant. (Sarcasm)

Anonymous said...

Yea man, I hear ya about that damn coat! Need to take up a collection...

Anonymous said...

I seen El Chapo at Chukie Chesse playing skee ball!

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha,ese hombre esta en quetzaltenango,guatemala y ese wey diciendo que esta en los usa

Anonymous said...

Fox say's call a truce with the cartels. Wonderful effin idea !!

The government has already lost the war and the elite think they can now negotiate with these groups.

Chapo is hiding in the mountains of Sinaloa and Calderon knows if issues an order to the military to capture him there will be massive casualties. That is, if the military doesn't have a exodus of troops resign first.

Anonymous said...

No Se Porque No Entienden Que a El Chapo No Lo Atraparan Y Si Lo Hacen Se Volvera a Escapar Como Lo Hizo En Puente Grande!!!

Anonymous said...

The US knows where El Chapo is. It isn't time yet to take him out. I promise you, he is not living it up. He is hiding with his tail between his legs waiting for the inevitable. Would someone tell Fox to shut up? It was his ignorant government that allowed drug cartels to have total control in Mexico. Fox is a coward!

Anonymous said...

Michael Jackson faked his DEATH. (To get out of a future bet he lost on a Colts-Saints game. He always bet on the Colts)

Chapo and Lazca are faking their EXISTANCE. O sea, they're just the faces made up to represent these groups that are really being run by rich businessmen on both sides of the border. (You'll never catch someone who is already dead)

Anonymous said...

El Chapo is in the Antelope Valley.. 1 hour north of Los Angeles. Vallarta Markets are run by the Sinaloa Cartel. His kid was recently born in Lancaster, Ca.

Anonymous said...

Ok,,,so where is Waldo exactly???

Anonymous said...

Sinola Cartel is a CIA asset. Guzman is a CIA asset.

Anonymous said...

i saw him at pizza hut

Anonymous said...

Haha fuckn right homie

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