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LFMs Annel Violeta Noriega Ríos Apprehended in L.A. "La Bonita" No Mas

Thursday, July 5, 2012 |

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"La Bonita"
Wearing a crumpled white T-shirt, the woman arrested at an ordinary apartment block in East Los Angeles didn't look particularly regal as she was handcuffed and bundled into a police car.
Without make-up and designer clothes, it was difficult to see how anyone could call her La Chula (the beautiful), La Bonita (The Pretty One), or the most famous of her various nicknames, La Reina de Crimen, which means, "The Queen of Crime".
On Tuesday, US authorities nonetheless announced that the woman brought into custody last week in the largely Spanish-speaking LA suburb of El Monte had been identified as Anel Violeta Noriega Rios, one of the most wanted underworld figures in Mexico.
 Mexican authorities so desperately wanted to find 27-year-old Anel Violeta Noriega Rios — a woman they long alleged was a top operative in the La Familia drug cartel — they even put a $375,000 reward on her head.

But when American authorities arrested Noriega Rios on immigration charges at her modest El Monte apartment last week, law enforcement sources said they were puzzled to find such a wanted woman seemingly hiding in plain sight.

"It is the last place you’d expect to find someone who was supposed to have run so many drugs," a source familiar with the investigation told The Times. "It is not clear if she was just hiding or just had fallen on hard times."

When announcing Noriega Rios' arrest on Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement called her a "main U.S.-based operative" in the La Familia cartel, a group often characterized as ruthless and cult-like, known for moving mostly methamphetamine — but cocaine and marijuana too — into the U.S. from the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Authorities began watching Noriega Rios in El Monte upon request from Mexican officials, who received a tip indicating she was living in the working-class San Gabriel Valley city. After authorities were able to determine that the woman was in fact Noriega Rios, they arrested her without incident.
They confirmed her identity later using fingerprints, sources said.

Immigration officials said Noriega Rios was arrested in the United States and deported to Mexico five times between 2004 and 2005 but has no criminal convictions in the U.S.

She was handed over to Mexican authorities in San Ysidro on Friday.
Noriega Rios was frequently mentioned in Mexican press reports. She was purportedly a contact between the Michoacan cartel and the powerful Sinaloa cartel and its leaders, including top cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a man whom the U.S. Treasury Department declared in January the world’s most powerful drug trafficker.

Reports also claimed she helped smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States, once using a gardening company to move drugs brought by sea into Long Beach.

Mexican authorities have arrested several top-level La Familia leaders in recent years, moves not only heralded by some officials as significant blows to the cartel but that also led to internal struggles within the organization.

Sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation told The Times that about two dozen cartel operatives have been captured in the U.S. by various federal agencies in the last two years.
Read backstory of Bonita in 2010 Universal article HERE
Sources: LA Times and The Independent

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48 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I read the article about her a long time ago, and I was expecting some one cute. I don't understand why they said she was cute or good looking.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was a dude LMAO!

Anonymous said...

If she can hide In the US in plain sight what makes you think Chapo, Lazcano, or Viceroy can't do the same but with style in a mansion going to big time boxing fight,horse races, or any high class entertainment but Justice is not blind just throw a lil cash nd it looks the other way

Anonymous said...

WE all know the Truth she or her people could not paid the Mexican officials or cops and they ratted her out, Mexico is so corrupt its only when you cant bribe anyone then the police knows were your hiding, return her back to mexico to relax and party have fun with her friends in jail do drugs and then escape, they should of water boarded that bitch before they return her back to Mexico

Anonymous said...

El Monte is not East L.A. El Monte is east of L.A. but it is not East L.A.

Anonymous said...

These American arrest are going to create serious repercussions in Mexico. Cartels like LFM, CT, and to a certain extent Z, do not have the cash of Cartels like CDS. I believe that arresting key distributors in the US create a bigger blow to the organization than losing a lieutenant. This is cash flow they are losing, and this means they will have less money to buy government officials and pay other sicarios.

Anonymous said...

So is la familia still operating? I thought they turned into los caballeros templarios? Is the actual "La Familia Cartel" still around? Anyone please answer?

Anonymous said...

Arresting a mid-level cartel operative is nothing - They will find someone else to replace her and the violence & brutality will continue as long the U.S. has an insatiable craving for these drugs. You don't think the C.I.A. is in on this? They have been protecting «El Chapo» all this time since he is a high-level informant for the C.I.A. Other competing cartels (Zetas, Juarez, Beltran, etc.) are just an inconvenience and thus we have had the brutality since 2006. C.I.A. rather they have just ONE drug trafficker to run this lucrative business. C.I.A. sends «El Chapo» arms and ammunitions and in exchange for large drug shipments to the U.S.A. The U.S. will NEVER put a stop to the drug trafficking and the killing & violence will continue in Mexico . . . If you really want to put a stop to this, all you have to do is send a couple of nuclear missiles to Mexico or send covert military to take out the top lieutenants of all the cartels. It is very easy to accomplish this but the U.S. will never resort to this because there is so much money to be profited . . .

Anonymous said...

Great... She'll just be back next week.

Anonymous said...

Fuck, I live in El Monte, I wish I would had know this bitch and turned her ass in, 375K is a Lot of money!!! That would had been sweet!!!! A NEW home!

Anonymous said...

I hope they have hair stylists and nail salons inside Mexican prisons. Because La Bonita is looking pretty rough these days. She needs a makeover. Hahahahahahaha !!!

Anonymous said...

Whittier, santa fe springs, el monte and some other cities like pico rivera ARE considered a part of east los angeles.

Anonymous said...

She has no criminal record in the U.S. That means she's protected by Obama-Amnesty!

Anonymous said...

The government allowed cocaine to enter America, in massive amounts, via Los Angeles and the distributing power of THE REAL FREEWAY RICK ROSS. This led to the crack epidemic of the 80's. The CIA, knowingly, allowed the cocaine to come in on the west coast because they needed to get some of that money the ruthless cocaine cowboys were raking in over in Florida. The government is only fueling the drug war

Anonymous said...

It is getting a little old to hear Mexico blame America for their problems because we consume drugs. There are PLENTY of Mexicans that do drugs as well. I think it is obvious to just about everyone that BOTH SIDES are equal in blame. Why doesn't the Mexican government have a tougher enforcement policy on the transportation, and cultivation of drugs? Blaming the problem solely on America is a cop out. Look at cartels like the Zetas who do not make what CDS does in drug sales so they resort to extortion, human trafficing, kidnapping, etc. The sooner Mexico stops blaming America for their problems and takes some initiave upon themselves to stop the violence there will be no change.

Anonymous said...

'she has no criminal record in the U.S.'. That makes her a predict candidate for Obama's dream act amnesty program!

Anonymous said...

I cannot in a million years understand how this squat lil bitch could be called
"La Bonita" or even "La Chula" I think the guys or girls that were calling her that had done a lil too much of their own shit and probably hadn't slept in 3 weeks..! Funny how meth can f-c- up your vision an all.

Anonymous said...

Thank God she wasn't in San Francisco because she "could have possibly" walked. As we all know S.F. is a sanctuary city.

slice2010 said...

WTF?? I didn't know Chaz Bono was in La Familia Drug Cartel?

Anonymous said...

Yes and no , LFM is still active but not even half as powerful as before . Eighty percent of the catel did switch but there are a couple of lieutenants that followed El Chango Méndez it is said that even the some of the sons of Chango went the CT way. So in Michoacan is CT territory LFM is operating in the state of Mexico for the most part and very debilitated.

Anonymous said...

@11:17 AM Of course, it's the fault of the US, CIA, FBI, ICE, etc etc etc blablabla... The Mexicans don't do anything, can't do anything, they are just victims of the gringos. Poor, helpless, ignorant victims of the world.

The perfect excuse and you can use it forever to excuse anything - drug selling, rape, murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, corruption, and so on.

Do you listen to yourself? You sound like you are brain-damaged.

Anonymous said...

yea lfm is still around and are at war with the ct as off right now

Anonymous said...

Shes built like my mother in law.

noopenborders said...

Just another fine "Immigrant" who wants the American Dream!

1 more illegal alien deported 12,999,999 to go

Anonymous said...

They are around. there was 8 lfm members killed in a shootout with CT in mexivo city recently. one commander was killed among them.

Anonymous said...

El Monte is an armpit for sure

Anonymous said...

Why would she be considered cute and don't pin her as an east Los angeles resident. El monte isn't east la.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the US could end all this mess by legalizing drugs! Stop spending billions to fight a problem with no end in sight. Only then will all the corruption stop

Anonymous said...

Yeah looks like a dude, far from being "bonita" that's for sure. Maybe that was her tactic to get out of the game or at least lay low for awhile, make herself ugly as can be.

Chivis said...

@10:37

"LA" is referred to as the city and county, it makes little difference in the big picture....

to all...I tried in vain to find a photo of her when she was bonita and struck out. It was only 2 years ago that she was decribed as beening very pretty, I wonder if she packed on the pounds as a disguise...Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

July 5, 2012 10:58 AM La Familia made a truce with the Zetas and the lard ass El Chango Mendez was betrayed by the Zetas and was captured. Just like when Arturo Beltran was betrayed by the Zetas and was killed. Zetas are the dirties bitches in the game. The Knights of Templar leaders are la tuta and Nazario who are at war with the Familia and also with CDJNG. I don't know why they split perhaps because the others wanted to be with the Zetas idk........

Anonymous said...

to all nicknames in mexico are sometimes the oposite of what it describes...por ejemplo big tall guy may be called chiquilin like manuel garcia cimentel known as El Chiquilin there was nothing small about that man...comprenden...and abvious la area la county east west who cares its still in the area around la......

Anonymous said...

LMAO.. yeah she gain weight and got the Snookie look to blend in with the rest of the Salvadorians in LA....

Anonymous said...

the girl looks like a proper ugly meth of a crack-head 4-real. Viva English Zeta's, long live 40 & El English

Anonymous said...

Yes...but u mention in d article east los angeles and el monte..two different neighborhoods..if your not familiar u might believe its d same place when they are not

Anonymous said...

DEA coming up with imposters to fill jail cells again a la Chapo's son? Next thing you know they'll claim the uneducated unkempt retard they've arrested washing cars in Pomona is really Z-40....Hey wait...that's plausible !!

Anonymous said...

"You don't think the C.I.A. is in on this? They have been protecting «El Chapo» all this time"
OH ITS YOU AGAIN,HERES THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS BANGING ON ABOUT"ITS ALL THE FAULT OF THE US"
Stop taking the hallucinogenic drugs,put the crack pipe down and you may come back with a less mixed up mind full of conspiracies.You got to get out more.
You want to blame someone?Blame Mexico for flooding the US with drugs?How about that blame,you clown.
Your just a closet racist,always blaming the US on here,"for their diabollocks hunger for drugs"
I thought you were researching the link between the pygmy marmoset and drug taking in the US?
Did you know the US didn't make it to the moon?

Anonymous said...

"If you really want to put a stop to this, all you have to do is send a couple of nuclear missiles to Mexico.It is very easy to accomplish this but the U.S. will never resort to this because there is so much money to be profited . . ."
No just send you,and bore everyone to death with your conspiracy bullshit.Medication time,medication time.

Anonymous said...

Packed on pounds, yes!!! Disguise, no. Just that the damn food in the USA is soo damn good that these rich cartel fuckers get fat as hell. 90% of the cartel drug runners in USA are fat-fucks.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on. it makes little difference in the big picture...You either gonna get it straight or not.

Google a freaking map, ask a source. Unless your definition of "the big picture" is what matters. Then what matters is what you say matters.

LA is not referred to as the city and county by anyone that has a clue. They are completely different governmental entities. If I made the same response in reference to your part of the world you would call me on it.

Anonymous said...

No they are NOT...u don't know what u are talking about.

Anonymous said...

From my poin of view i think she was running away from LA FAMILIA thats what alot of people do when they dont want to work with them no more, if she was till in LA FAMILIA you guy dont think they woulded fund money on her atleast a good amount..

Chivis said...

I was born and raised in LA...argue with someone else...when we say "LA" it could be any ciy in LA county.

The reference to east LA was by LA Times, see the source? and I still think that few care about your argument, clearly i do not, it is so like some people who care more about finding what they percieve an error than anything happening in Mexico, or the fact that we are all volunteers doing our best to bring the news of the mexican drugwar.

When i say big picture the point was this person was in the us hiding in plain sight. not if or if not LA county...

Anonymous said...

I was born and raised there too.In Boyle Heights and El Monte. No, it can't be blamed on the Times. You got it tangled. Don't play that "we're all volunteers" card every time somebody outside your little clique challenges something. You took the job, get it straight or just say "oops" when you get it wrong. You argue because you don't like to be challenged, unless it's by one of your cozy "volunteer" buddies.

Anonymous said...

I know this lady she's not what they say she is, she was a mom with 3 kids and she worked at a bar she did do bad things before like sell drugs but she had already going to a Christian church and I guess the Mexican just want to cover all the other crime by accusing her with all those crimes, come on don't you guys think it seems a little weird that she was living like every other Mexican person the authorities are just corrupted

Anonymous said...

July 7, 2012 10:30 AM
"I know this lady she's not what they say she is, she was a mom with 3 kids"
Yeya man,i believing you,this poor bitch been fitted up good for the media,ye,she making bundles all right,looks like she aint got a pot to piss in,and they sayin she a major player?
Media and police hysteria,police always big EVERYTHING up,its a wonder they didn't take cameras with them,to see all that good work they doin against the nasty drug slangers.

Anonymous said...

im so ashamed of the goverment, the police or what ever you're using this poor woman and saying she committed all those crimes just to cover for other people that really do need to be caught!!! just look at her!!! and you are saying that mexico is corrupted so is the united states!!!

Anonymous said...

Every thing that is said about Anel are not true! They are making it seem/look like she is this big drug trafficing person when she really is not. No-one in this world is perfect she also was not, but I no she is not and has not done all of the things they say she has. The fuck up thing is that in Mexico you can get away with many things, money talks alot of the time! You can just buy a witness! See in the mexican justice your Guily into proven inocent!!!

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