Thursday, October 24, 2013

Captured Manuel Aguirre Galindo, "El Caballo" one of the founders of AFO

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Update and Original Post Follows

U.S. Attorney's Office drops Arellano case

By Sandra Dibble Oct. 25, 2013
Manuel Aguirre Galindo, a former high-ranking member of the Arellano Felix Organization captured Saturday in Mexico City. — Reforma

In an unusual move, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego has dismissed a case against a long-sought senior member of the once-powerful Arellano Felix cartel detained in Mexico.


U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday confirmed the arrest Saturday of Manuel Aguirre Galindo, also known as “El Caballo” (“The Horse”). But the charges against Aguirre for drug trafficking and money laundering in San Diego federal court had been dismissed just days earlier.


“Our case against Manuel Aguirre Galindo was more than 15 years old,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement on Friday. “Given the passage of time, the United States faced challenges with evidence and availability of witnesses that could not be overcome.”
Duffy’s office dismissed the case against against Aguirre on Oct. 11. He was arrested in Mexico City eight days later, last Saturday, according to reports in the Mexican media.
“It’s a really big deal to dismiss a federal indictment,” said John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor in San Diego who worked with Duffy on two indictments unsealed in 2003 that named Aguirre and other ten other senior cartel members. “It doesn’t happen very often.”
Kirby said that the case the case against Aguirre “was strong when I left,” the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2005. “It was a witness-based case, and over time witnesses disappear, commit other crimes, they get deported. So who knows what it looks like now.”
Mexican authorities had issued no statements about the detention as of Friday. Reports in Mexican media stated that Aguirre faces charges in his own country of organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering, and that he is in custody at the federal Altiplano penitentiary outside Mexico City.


Duffy said in her statement that “this is a very significant arrest for both countries, and we recognize the hard work and commitment it took to bring charges against this elusive figure who was once of the highest-ranking leaders of the Arellano Felix cartel.”


Aguirre is 70 years old, according to a U.S. Marshal’s wanted poster. Born in Mexicali, “he had been moving drugs into the United States for decades, even before the Arellanos were anybody,” Kirby said. “He was the guy the Colombians knew and trusted.”
Aguirre served as the Arellano’s liaison with Columbian traffickers and was “one of the four primary leaders of the organization.”


In 1998, Mexican federal authorities seized the Oasis Resort Hotel at the northern end of Rosarito Beach, saying they had found evidence the hotel belonged to Aguirre.
Following the detention of cartel leader Benjamin Arellano in 2002, Kirby said, Aguirre "disappeared and went off the map.”


Aguirre was one of seven senior Arellano Felix members portrayed on a 2003 U.S. State Department wanted poster that offered $2 million for information leading to his capture. The six others are behind bars in Mexico and the United States.


In 2004, the U.S. Treasury Department took action against two Chula Vista homes linked to Aguirre, citing the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act. They identified the owner of the properties as Esperanza Galindo Leyva, Aguirre’s mother.

Captured Manuel Aguirre Galindo, "El Caballo" 

Although federal authorities have not officially released the arrest  of the "financial brain" Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF), Manuel Aguirre Galindo, it has been learned that he was transferred to the maximum security prison "Altiplano" in Almoloya.


Manuel Aguirre Galindo, El Caballo one of the founders and most important men in the structure of the Arellano Felix brothers cartel, is now prisoner in the Federal Center for Social rehabilitation, number one, Altiplano. Known as Almoloya.

According to information from Reforma, the finance manager of the criminal organization was captured on Saturday October 19 in Mexico City, one day after Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix "la Pancha" was killed  in Baja California Sur.

Manuel Aguirre, about 70 years old and who also calls himself Estanislao Olmos
González and “El Galán,” is designated as the major money launderer for CAF. 

The arrest of this drug trafficker, for whom the United States offered a reward 2 million dollar and up to $ 5 million for information leading to his capture, was apprehended in Mexico City on Saturday. Officials involved in the national security cabinet, revealed that Aguirre Galindo had three arrest warrants issued by Mexican judges, for the Commission of crimes with operations of resources of illicit origin (money-laundering), against health and Organized Crime (drug trafficking). 
Since July 2003, the United States State Department offered a reward for information on the whereabouts of Aguirre Galindo, who was responsible for the financial management of the Organization and  also considered to be one of the main operators of Arellano Felix Organization. U.S. Authorities included an order of provisional detention for purposes of extradition to the Mexican Government, since he is also accused of various offenses related to the trafficking of drugs into U.S. territory. Aguirre Galindo was, according to the United States drug enforcement agency, the last of the founders of the Arellano Felix Organization who was at large.
Enedina Arellano Félix y Fernando Sánchez Arellano “El Ingeniero” are still at large.

Among other properties with which the U.S. authorities identified Manuel Aguirre Galindo as the financial leader of the group related to the Oasis Resort built in 1998 in Baja California.

Manuel Aguirre has a criminal record since 1981 when he was arrested for alleged involvement in drug crimes in the vicinity of San Felipe, Baja California, by offloading drugs in a clandestine airport runway and is reported to launder money through the resort Oasis Resort Playa Mar,

Manuel Aguirre Galindo's arrest took place in Mexico City by the Federal Police; 

However, so far the capture has not been officially announced, and the Attorney General of the Republic said he is still being interrogated with the Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (Seido) Attorney. 

Nationality: Mexican
Nickname: El Caballo
Cartel Affiliation: Arellano-Felix

Manuel Aguirre Galindo, aka " El Caballo" is most recognized for his use of a network of financial association and real estate companies to hide and launder his drug monies. He is affilated with the Arellano-Felix organization and has been for over fifteen years. Aguirre Galindo has a long criminal history as a major Mexican drug trafficker. 

In January 2002, Aguirre Galindo was designated by OFAC pursuant to the Kingpin Act. The Kingpin Act involves appling financial measures against foreign narcotics trafficking kingpins worldwide.

In July 2003, he and other senior members of the Arellano- Felix Organization (AFO) were indicted for narcotics trafficking, money laundering and conducting the affairs of an illegal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity (RICO).

In January, 2006, the OFAC identified five companies and six individuals whom have acted as fronts for Aguirre Galindo. By exposing his accomplices and the fronting companies, it will cut them off from the United States and its financial institutions. Alberto Alfredo Valencia Martinez, Urbano Hernandez Somero and Manuel Francisco Aguirre Ramos (Aguirre Galindo's son) are among the accomplices identified. These individuals served to incorporate, administer and hold front companies on Aguirre Galindo's behalf. The companies involved included the following Tijuana real estate firms; Playa Mar S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria Esparta S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria La Provincia S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria Estado 29 S.A. de C.V., and Inmobiliaria Tijuana Costa S.A. de C.V.. The resulting effect of the OFAC identifing these 11 designess is the blocking of any assets found within U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits anyone in the United States from doing business with these named individuals and entities.

Manuel Aguirre Galindo is a fugitive from the US Dept of Justice and has a $2 million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.
Sources: ZetaRiodoceNarcoticnews, ZetaJornada, ElvigiaThe San Diego Union-TribuneExcelsior







77 comments:

  1. Wat does this meen for the arellano felix?

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  2. Wow, I thought he was already dead. Manuel Aguirre wasn't just a money launderer, he was a key element in the Arellano Felix connections with Colombia, this guy has a LONG history in the narco business, the book "El Cartel de Los Sapos" even mentions him as a feared Tijuana narco.

    BTW, That pic isn't Fernando Sanchez Arellano, its a real engineer from Ensenada who became a victim of a co-workers prank.

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    1. That one is you stupid sob. The real Fernando will find u and castrate you then swallow the remains.

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  3. El Galan? LMFAO! Pinche pelado se parese a mi huevo derecho

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    1. That is hilarious I almost pissed myself!!!!!! Lol.

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  4. It's true Tijuano, he was a heavy and I bet right now he wishes more people had thought he was dead.

    Oh thanks on the photo-I'll go get a different one

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  5. wow this hits keeping coming, noose is tightening, I don't want too see Inge caught....I'd have to guess something is behind this....and lol yeah that poor guys picture...

    I would have thought Caballo was in the US, he must be semi retired by now...

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  6. The AFO one by one are being picked off like flies! Maybe him and 40 and la barbie can have a cellblock party lol!!

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  7. cant believe all this is happening!! did hank rhon switch sides??

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    1. El inge is hank rhon.$$???

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  8. He certainly did fly under the radar but there he is right there on the AFO/CAF Most Wanted poster

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  9. Why didn't you all cover the santa maria del oro nayarit shootout ?

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    1. 5:41 pm- too wrapped up worrying about ole Chivis, I'd bet!

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    2. Who cares about Nayarit,wack state.

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    3. What happened in Santa maria del oro?

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  10. el wero de tijuanaOctober 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    the most current picture of senor galindo has and shows his surgery but they were close to him for about 9 months its a weird catch and this is why he had heart transpant and his health was not at even 20% el senor was pertty ill his sons like i said before took over the money side since 2007 and a daughter to take the stress off him and why didnt they report this right away it comes at a time when 37 members of caf are released from prison and melvin is on his way out and the mono situation that is written for it self and if el chan ant charged with soething in 44hours hes free OH YEAH i thought el caf was dead why use terms like the head of and organization but to find out he trained all his sons and daughters TOO LATE I GUESS

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  11. lol i thought caf had real power and idk what lol

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  12. Chapo guzman continues to snitch

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    1. Where u been Snitchy?

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    2. Stop with those comments like if chapo told you he snitched on him personally. Get a life narco warrior!

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    3. 6:22pm. If it is chapo he's playin the game like a chess match. He's gettn rid of the enemy one way or the other. So how can u hate on him for that? Its either get the enemy locked up or u kill the enemy so either way its all strategy

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    4. He's got a one track mind and can't help it and we can't help Snitchy by yelling at him. Only thing that can help him is therapy, drugs and no narco news. Later guys-

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  13. two of AFO's senior cartel members go do down within days apart...I guess the New Tijuana Cartel are serious about taking over Tijuana

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  14. Where is Residente de Tijuana on this? He will probably say it was the CIA or DEA behind this............ He probably even knows where Hoffa is buried........

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  15. Nope that picture it's the actual picture of el ingeniero

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  16. If u look in google images and spell his name there's an exact picture of el ingeniero in a club and he looks just like him

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  17. aJajAJjaJAJjAJjAjJAJjAJjajj!!!! Where are thou CAF cheerleaders? Especially that hoe resident of TJ? LOL! C'mon nuthuggers write paragraphs about CAF being oh so mighty I want a good laugh lets see what weak ass stories you bums come up with >> gogogogogo

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    1. He is posting under "el wero de tijuana" his best friends El Inge and Enedina told him to get off this site and never post on here again.

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    2. EL WERO DE TIJUANA SEGUIRÁ DICIENDO QUE LOS ARELLANO SON LOS DUEÑOS AUNQUE LO UNICO QUE PUEDAN VENDER SEAN CHICLES.

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  18. I dought that he had a lot or any involvment in the business by now the younger new up coming generation took over his side of the business!

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    1. Da new generation's been running things since oh-way-a-while-ago.el cuacopollo will be out soon for humanitarian reasons due to old age and ill health.someone else in government will try to get the money and property to"PRIvatize" ,you know...the pigs are hungry and want their màiz...

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  19. Countdown - then there were two!

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  20. Here is his picture!
    http://www.elvigia.net/nacional/2013/10/24/caballo-arellano-139211.html

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  21. Siguen ladrando los perros señal que voy avansado!!!!!

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    1. A mis enemigos...is el hummer paying for killing Valentin? if he got 16 years in the us, for cooperating,will his ass do any more time in Mexico when released from us???

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  22. Hey what happen with CAF is so powerful what happen with shit kicking off cause of one of the brothers killed couple days ago .CAF is gone No power and INGE is gone you dont see em or here of him I bet no one pays taxes Now no piso why should they pay MAYO TAKE OVER .

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  23. Ahora les toca a los narcojuniors..ese senor ya estaba retirado..te puesto ke horita le estan tando una calentada para darle la pista del ingeniero...aver si se aguanta..

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    1. Ya adentro les dan sus cachetadas guajoloteras pero para que se callen el hocico.
      once under arrest, the narcs get bitchslapped to make them shut the fuck up

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  24. Come on residente de tijuana tell us another joke

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  25. Another stupid arrest of a person who is easily replaced ... just like a soldier or an officer in an army ... or an employee in a corporation ... well well who will replace him? Who cares!
    The next guy will serve for a while until he is captured or killed and the police state (Mexico and US) get to proclaim another great victory all whilst the DRUGS KEEP ON FLOWING FRRELY and the security-industrial complex keep on enriching themselves at the expense of the taxpayer and the destroyed society left behind (yes this stupid unwinable war on drugs destroys far more than drugs - especially legalized drugs - would ever do).

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  26. wero de tijuana said melvin is on his way out!

    Are you for real? You said the same thing about El Gordo Villareal.

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  27. HAHAHAHAH me cago de risa al ver a los Arellano Felix y su organizacion destruida por el Chapo Guzman y el pendejo de Wero de Tijuana mamando verga lol.

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  28. I doubt they will ever capture Enedina. She probably has a facelift and is living in Paris.

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  29. Hey thanks a lot 9:49 PM for the article and photo. The article is way better. I'll add some facts later. Mine was early and they barely had his name right at that point. There were many inconsistencies which I alter when they are blatant (so I don't seem totally idiotic). You know we find that a lot sometimes with early information.

    And thanks for looking out for me, whoever added the photo for me- Tijuana, Chivis, or Buggs- no se, but I'm grateful.

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    1. Chivis we miss you and this is a perfect example why we need you back quick. Take care and God bless you.

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    2. Oct. 25, 2013 9:14 AM We miss Chivis and I bet you she misses her too, but honestly Havana did fine on this story and really many, many others. Chivis gives her great cred. I believe the same because Chivis picks them. And picked her. So it may be before your time but Tex and Havana used to post a great many stories on the forum. Long ones like she does with photos. She ain't a rookie on her first rodeo is all I'm saying. She was good back then, check it out, her posts are there-so maybe have a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t and common courtesy. They are people too even if you wish they were others. No one can replace Chivis and no one will try. I'm praying for Chivis and I bet Havana is too! And so should you and everyone else in the world. And that is all I have to say on it
      -Believer

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  30. You guys here are so consciencious. I need to learn to spell. Thanks for the story, Havana.

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  31. Yeah, but our gutless US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of California dropped the case against him. Further our gutless law enforcement leaders continue to let the Us Attorneys Office destroy the hard work done by law enforcement to build cases against thes mass-murderers. Duffy, DEA, FBI - How can you look at yourself in the mirror?

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  32. State Department revenge started in July...Chapo Guzman's not the responsible party in any of this. It's more like a bunch of old gringo dips settling old scores for their own screw ups, starting w/ los zetas, who were supposed to play nice w/ their masters by taking el Chapo out. Who else would pull the killer clown stunt in front of kids? Go after an old man in his declining years? Yo! You, w/ the "racist nuthugger speak!" Get bent.

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    1. Declining years my ass, the arellanos never had respect for anything or anybody,so they pay when it can be collected,don't have your children around,just in case...

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  33. A fine array of fotos. I must commend you guys. Even if they a seem like different people but I'm hopeless at photo face recognition. You could put the tin woodman up there and I'd say he looks like a older version of el ingeniero.

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  34. FOOL NAYARIT IS ONE OF THE BEST STATES.PURO SINALOA Y NAYARIT!!!!!

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  35. No worries he was long gone frome the game sige riffando viva arellano felix!!!

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    1. Alucinando Y Soñando Los De TJ Hahahaha

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  36. AY JAAA". MI CABALLO mi caballo bayo,

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  37. fucked up when you get caught at your 70's

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  38. big news but how he was captured how weapons did they find

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  39. This capture means nothin and he's pending charges in the u.s have bin dismissed wat lets u know that he's not that important how he use to b

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    1. U got a point there. He did used to be vert important- no denying

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    2. Charges dismissed in the us?must ha e given somebody up,like chuy labra? Never set foot in the us,doing 40 years in us prison at a out 80 years old...

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  40. el wero de tijuanaOctober 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    so he will walk in less than 2 years in a mexican prison cause he had no weapon and here in mexico they know hes been out the game for 5-6 yrs hell be out probably a year oh damm this is the nail in the coffin YEAH WHAT EVER go cds you guys rule even there female anonymous cheerleaders

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  41. Everyone stayed loyal they did not snitch on him!!!

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  42. The word is that he worked somthing out with mex gov business keeps on as planed

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  43. I read the updates. US was being lazy! Totally lazy and not up for a fight the wimpy weasels!

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  44. They are saving money and face cause everyone who could do anything is already senile. That doesn't make a good case. Good story here. I read it as if it were the last thing I'd ever get to read objectively and I liked it very much.

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  45. Not too long ago ..maybe it was earlier this year. He was in tijuana and the authorities raided his home. They just missed him. He fled to mexicali. He was there for a bit. His brother is in charge now

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  46. DUFFY is a weak, weak leader and she has figuratively sodomized everyone who sacrificed to indict this man and the victims who have suffered by his total devotion to the murderous drug trade and the terrorist Organization (AFO) he has been a member for years. Duffy you are a pathetic, soleless person who needs to disappear so that the world is a safer place. Please get the f--- out of here!

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  47. Tijuana is always gona b arellano every cartel takes hits and that's y the big dogs have somone like a right hand man that knows ther contacts and moves that's y its called orginization just incase the big dog gots to go in hiding or gets cought business keeps going viva arellano felix!!!!

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    1. Work with what you got,El Senor de Los cielos de Tijuana,El Pablo escobar de Los zoologicos de Tijuana,El Donald trump de Los paisa-casinos Jorge Hank rohn,is free,back home,safely away from the troubles,still making all that money,I wonder WHY!,who the pimp?

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  48. Hey 2:45 -i think you are probably right. That is the way padrino designed it and criminal PRI/and pretty puppet boy said, "hands to yourself," so all Chapo has is his burner on the woodsy peak, underneath the chapeatie make shift cell tower disguised as a arbol de Navidad to contact his mid-line snitch to keep stirring up all the CAF plazitas. That about is how it is in the hills of Badass Bad above the beautiful sleepy poppy fields where the shade even cools the breeze and makes horses sneeze from shifting allergens blowing about. Pura Sinaloa pura sueño pura!

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  49. Arellano finished get over it mayos taking over

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  50. The old man bin out of the business he left people in charge through out millions out there so his people can keep on working and all he does collects every month he keeps flipping his bread while he lays low...its so weird how he got cought after his charges got droped in the u.s who cares he got cought in mex money talks..

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  51. HIERBA MALA NUNCA MUERE,,, LAS SEMILLAS AHI SIGUEN !!!

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  52. October 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM -Believer? Seriously, is that really you? Whatever drug you're on, keep it up! I still don't think that is you. You tried to get me "fired" and banned from the forum. That's why I'm surprised at your nice words. I'm expecting the mallet to drop, sort of like Charlie Brown kicking the football. Thank you for the kind words as skeptical as I am. And thanks so much for everyone contributing to the post and Tijuana especially for looking out for me.

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  53. Mayo taking over jajajajajja that's a good joke. M1 got killed serafin in jail and 5.7 in custody too. Yeah I kno mayos taking over also aquiles right hand on jail too.

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