Sunday, February 23, 2014

More on the Chapo Capture and the Aftermath

Borderland Beat 

Editor Note: Follow up with more on the details of El Chapo arrest and operation.

Although Guzmán had long hidden successfully in remote areas of the Sierra Madre mountains, the arrested members of his security team told the military he had begun venturing out to Culiacán and the beach town of Mazatlán.A week prior to his capture, Guzmán and Zambada were reported to have attended a family reunion in Sinaloa.

The Mexican military followed the bodyguards' tips to Guzmán’s ex-wife's house, but they had trouble ramming the steel-reinforced front door, which allowed Guzmán to escape through a system of secret tunnels that connected six houses, eventually moving south to Mazatlán.

On February 22, 2014 at around 6:40 a.m., Mexican authorities arrested Guzmán at a hotel in a beach resort area in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, following an operation by the Mexican Navy, with joint intelligence from the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service. A few days before his capture, Mexican authorities had been raiding several properties owned by members of the Sinaloa Cartel who were close to Guzmán throughout the state of Sinaloa.

The operation that led to his capture started at 03:45 a.m., when 10 pick-up trucks of the Mexican Navy carrying over 65 soldiers made their way to the resort area. Guzmán was hiding at the Miramar condominiums, located at #608 in Avenida de Mar street.

Mexican and U.S. federal agents had leads that the drug lord was at that location for at least two days, and that he was staying on the condominium's fourth floor, in Room 401. When the Mexican authorities arrived at the location, they quickly subdued Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, one of Guzmán's presumed bodyguards, before quietly making their way to the fourth floor through the elevators and stairs.

Once they were at Guzmán's front door, they broke into the condo and stormed the two rooms it had. In one of the rooms was Guzmán, who was laying in his bed, reportedly with a female companion; he tried to resist arrest and grab an AK-47 he had close to him. Amid the quarrel with the marines, the drug lord was hit four times. By 06:40 a.m., he was arrested, taken to the ground floor, and walked to the condo's parking lot, where the first photos of his capture were taken.

His identity was confirmed through a fingerprint examination immediately following his capture. He was then flown to Mexico City, the country's capital, for formal identification. According to the Mexican government, no shots were fired during the operation.

Few details of the drug lord's arrest were available early in the morning while the mug shot of Guzmán, handcuffed and with a few cuts on his face, circulated among law enforcement. Guzmán was presented in front of cameras during a press conference at the Mexico City International Airport that afternoon.

Following the press conference, he was transferred to the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1, a maximum-security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico, at around 02:55 p.m via a Federal Police Black Hawk helicopter. The helicopter was escorted by two Navy helicopters and one from the Mexican Air Force. Surveillance inside the penitentiary and in the surrounding areas was increased by a large contingency of law enforcement.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the arrest through Twitter and congratulated the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR), the Federal Police, and the Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN) for Guzmán's capture. Within Mexico, several politicians recognized the efforts of the Mexican government in capturing Guzmán, including the former Presidents Vicente Fox (2000–2006) and Felipe Calderón (2006–2012).

In the United States, the Attorney General Eric Holder said Guzmán had caused "death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe" and called the arrest "a landmark achievement, and a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States." Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos telephoned Peña Nieto and congratulated him for the arrest of Guzmán, highlighting its importance in the international efforts against drug trafficking.

Colombia's Defense Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzón, congratulated Mexico on Guzmán's arrest and stated that his capture "contributes to eradicate this crime (drug trafficking) in the region". The Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina congratulated the Mexican government for the arrest. He said that he would communicate personally with Peña Nieto to congratulate him. Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla congratulated the Mexican government through Twitter for the capture too.

News of Guzmán's capture made it to the front lines of many news outlets across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. On Twitter, Mexico and Guzmán's capture were trending topics throughout most of February 22, 2014.

Source credits: Wikipedia, Proceso, Milenio, MSN. El Universal, Excelsior and El Debate

 

64 comments:

  1. Chapo let down mochomo now everyone let him down

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    1. His capture was a success of course with U.S. intelligence because we all know he would have bribed his way out with Mexican officials.

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    2. Actually the mexican government provided all the information, the only favor they asked from the dea was to track down the phone which they provided the number for. Dea simply had the technology but have never been able to track it without mexiccos intelligence. Its pretty sad to try and give greater credit to the dea for simply tracking a call, when they would have never been able to track the call without all the information provided by mexican intelligence. I mean you give them a silver platter and youre like just do me the favor though and locate this number, we know hes here in this area though, but we just need the pinpoint, & wallah all the credit goes to the guy with the gps, really makes no sense but okay. Lol & you cant bribe the marina. Marina also arrested z40. Theyre the real badasses here

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    3. Well what else would they have if you didnt have tracked down that "call"?.....NOTHING.....exactly.

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    4. @ 2:50 Just like when the US had his position but your government wouldn't let us come in and get him that time right ?? I believe the excuse was that "the Mexican government wasn't involved in the operation" so they would allow us to come get him . That's the worst excuse ever . Chapo has been paying you guys for years , the whole world knows it . Sad u haven't figured it out really.

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    5. Chapo has been paying on both sides, they just got tired of him or became useless

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  2. Rafael caro Quintero turned him in idk if anyone notices it but ever he was released from prison the govt has been giving big blows to the sinaloa cartel I just hope that just cause they caught chapo doesn't mean that there gonna loose focus on caro Quintero oh Zambada oh el azul will just all see what happens in a few months

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  3. Mayo, azul, quintero the real legends

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  4. Chapo was nobody compared to el mayo and azul

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    1. You're right. He was a nobody. That's why it's not plastered all over the news.

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  5. Where was the talibanes chapo went down like a nobody

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  6. Chapo was living like a dog no power at all

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  7. Chapo tried to betray his dad mayo and he got caught for being a rat

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  8. Thats good chapo got caught hes the one responsible for mexico being all mest up

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  9. Put chapo with z40 or mochomo for a couple minutes

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  10. Chapos own people abandon him, that whats snitches get

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  11. Chapo is a piece of shit rata

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  12. Chapo sons r gona get killed just like edgar

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  13. Everyone in sinalo is happy they got chapo

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  14. Quintero is the man with the master plan

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  15. Chapo looks scared like a winnie ass fool

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  16. As usual, a major narco news breaks out and Borderland Beat is first to report it and follow it extensively with everything relevant, that is why this is my one stop place for Mexican narco news, good job BB!

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  17. Chapo was always weak not one shot fired, where is his people the size of an army?

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  18. No mention of the 5 million US$ Chapo had with him.
    No mention of his 500K in watches and rings.
    Who got that loot. I guess crime does pay.
    And if you remember no money was recovered during the dozens of raids in culican.

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  19. Chapo got his ass beat down hahahahahahahahahahha

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  20. Can anyone verify about this Gregorio Chavez.. I read an article that says His not chapo they got that its plot from the Mexican government pretending to be chapo... N their is also a corrido by el komander "el regreso del chapo" in one verse says "el chapo ya no es el chapo solo el sabe Quin es el asi es que busquense a Otro y que se paresca bien porque el verdadero chapo no lo volveran ver" to me it's not him but watever.

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    1. That song is by Los Tucanes. Don't believe the hype. He dropped the ball. It's him.

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  21. I got no problem with the drugs,adults choice,but the murders and crime that accompany's it with clean hands,thats where the problem is.Also i have to say no one snitches their fellows out like these narco mexicans?As soon as they are caught the big bad narcos literally pour their guts out about friends and relatives that they have worked with for years.Some may say so what,but,where is the loyalty,we all know the consequences of getting caught in the drug game,i get caught,tough titty,but i aint dragging friends who i worked with for years down with me?What for? These guys cant wait to snitch,even if they are gettin fucked over in capture?Anyway this means nothin,he has introduced his peoples to the main suppliers in case of this

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  22. Funny to hear so many say Chapo had no power thats why he evaded capture for so long power n money. Catching him does NOTHING the war on drugs is the biggest hypocrisy EVER

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  23. They should also thank Obama. Under his leadership they've taken out Osama and now Guzman 2 of America's most wanted!

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    1. Obama and leadership are a joke ! He's a clown

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    2. The same people that controlled Osama and chapo , control Obama...

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  24. I just want to know a few things...

    Where were the FUERZAS ESPECIALES DE DAMASO ? ? ?

    Anthrax ? ? ?

    Gente Nueva ? ? ?

    Bravo's Army ? ? ?

    And who was dressing that old fart, geeeeez!

    The man doesn't live up to the myth. Remember all the fanboys saying Chapo "the chess player" was sitting around wearing million dollar pelos de verga slippers and sippin' Louis?

    He looked more like a 6 pack of Tecate, tianguis clothing, and the usual cheap hooker..

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLLOLOLLO


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    1. @11:43am

      Lolololoololololo

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    2. Lol!!! Oh shit laughing made my syomach hurt, that shit made my day! "6 pack of Tecate, tianguis clothing..." hillarious! It would have been funnier if they showed a pic of him in his tighty whities all wide eyed with a sad puppy face! C'mon where's all the chaputo nuthuggers? Oh thats right theyre jumping on the Mayo/Quintero bandwagon. Fucking narco brown nosers.

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  25. Clean house quintero get rid of the snitches

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    1. And then what? Bring corruption back to a well oiled machine?

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  26. El muletas had more people then chapo sorry ass

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  27. Mazatlan is MZ's hood. Nobody could of run a sizable military operation without MZ's knowledge. Maybe Chapo was getting sloppy but Mexicans should brace themselves for violence. Los mugrosos de los zetas might try a coup in Sinaloa now that Chapo is gone. Let's hope MZ and Azul are ready for them for the sake of all Mexico.

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  28. next mayo , azul , tuta , quintero

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  29. like i said before el chapo under estimated mayo i fck dislike both of them but mayo knows when to jump ship know that hes gone yes his son may want to call the shots but mayo and azul might not see it that way so let see what happens and all this happen after the murder of francisco arellano isnt it intresting cause of that action cds took all these hits THE AFO might have had alot to do with this thoughts guys

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    1. Afo small time tijuana ain't shit It's up to mayo and Azul to hold down the fort now

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  30. I say they put chapo la barbie and z40 in the same cell and see what happens! Physically barbies a big boy and 40s just demon posessed so chapo probably be like a little mouse in the corner! Say what u want about the DEA but they some sneaky motherf**kers! They make up their own rules!

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  31. finally , the worlds drug problem has come to an end! wait ..., you are telling me ,that there is thousands more involved in the trade?

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  32. finally , the worlds drug problem has come to an end! wait ..., you are telling me ,that there is thousands more involved in the trade?

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    1. Lolololol you are hilarious, probably took u all night to think of that joke

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  33. Chapo will be remembered for a long time. U cant live lavishly in a mansion when the entire world is lookin for u. Shit he lasted for 13yrs on the run while running the most powerful drug cartel in the world. Now the reins go to mayo

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  34. I bet the U.S. asked Pena Nieto for Caro Quinteros arrest but since he is the one with the money and the main boss Pena Nieto had no choice but to give Chapo instead of Caro.

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    1. PRI and Nieto are the real capos. Nieto got chapo as an apology to the US government for letting caro quintero free.

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  35. Chapo got betrayed for killing loyal partners of El MZ for example Manuel Torres Felix and Macho Prieto and for the arrest of el peña 20. Chapo tried to heat up culiacan in search of Mayo and bammm mayo had a few tricks up his sleave. Time for the new fraction with mayo, azul, mochomo, and caro to lead. There might be a retaliation from those who are loyal to chapo and his sons who knows its possible. Another thought of mine is this could all be a show and chapo had a double turned him in so he wont be looked for anymore and just disapear/ retire with all his money and leave caro quintero in charge. Atte El compa Roka del jardin de las campanas rifando

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    1. Oye pendejo Roka, y el double ta contento y de acuerdo que le den vida en Florence, Co ?

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    2. Cholo barato menso,un narco mas joven le va dejar el trono a UN anciano,mejor callate...dumbass cholo barato.

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    3. Interesting facts, please tell us more

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  36. Some of you Mexicans need to grow the fuck up and stop worshiping these clowns?You all blame the US and gringos,but worship these Mexicans who cause Cain and murder in Mexico,,you are talking about doubles and its not him and ridiculous shit like that,we got clowns thinking El Lazca is still alive?
    Man,no wonder all this shit is hurting Mexico.

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    1. Mexico is full of ignorant people. I'm Mexican and it's the sad truth. Education is not important that's why it's the shit hole that it is today

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  37. Este puto los puso MZ y Azul a las ordenes del Señor Rafael Caro Quintero por todas las traicciones que el a echo. Por ejemplo entregando Al Mochomo, El Guero Palmas, Nacho Coronel, Macho Prieto y muchos mas...

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  38. I think that after the fall of the "El 19", MZ told "El 20" "if shit goes down we know who the rat is (meaning chapo), turn him in".

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  39. Los hijos del Sapo no tienen que ver nada con el CDS. Esos putos los van a matar. Nomas son un estorbo.

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  40. I can't comprehend the fact that El Chapo is in custody.. How did he get caught, did he lose his power, did someone give him up? Also how do you not switch up your daily routine knowing that your closest people are in custody of the law and capable of giving you up.

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    1. @4:59pm
      Just like anyone on a most wanted list, no kind of money can keep you from getting arrested. A satellite phone gave him away. I'm sure he wasn't aware how technology has changed over the years.

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  41. Its hella funny when people talk like caro quintero is on da same level as mayo,chapo!! Even arturo had more pull than caro! Felix gallardo is a bigge fish than caro and hes not even out!! If we compare wealth caros on the bottom of the totem pole, he was jailed before the real moneymaker hit the scene!! Amado,chapo,mayo,arturo los arrellanos and anybody else who ran a cartel in late 80s or 90 s made way more cash than caro.he probablyy just wants to live in peace and enjoy the money his family made and kept!!!

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  42. @ February 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM
    Hey asshole just in case you didn't know Americans worship El Chapo just as much. They even made a rap song about him "El Chapo" by Gucci Mane. How many drugdealing Americans wish they could be El Chapo? So quit pointing fingers fucking hater!

    Chac-mool

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  43. @ February 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM
    Lookout coconut! You say your Mexican but have the slightest idea as to why we have a poor education rate. That might be true but have you ever wondered why this is. In the US public schools are provided by the government. In other words one can study at taxpayers expense. In Mexico the parents have to pay for classes, books, and uniforms. In many cases, and I mean many, it's not affordable for parents to send they're kids to school consiidering the poverty rate Mexico has. Maybe the Mexican government would be the one to blame not it's citizens. You know you shouldn't talk just to talk. Do your research. I'm ashamed that you say you're Mexican! And yes I am Mexican living in Mexico! By the way what's you're education level? I'm sure it's nothing to brag about.

    Chac-mool

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    1. Education is free in Mexico until high school idiot!

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