Monday, November 24, 2014

U.S. Federal Court: 22 years for Chapo's lieutenant Alfredo Vázquez Hernández

Borderland Beat posted by Siskiyou Kid

When arrested, Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez said he had never even met Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, let alone served in Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

On Monday a U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to 22 years in prison for his role in a $1 billion conspiracy to traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities. 

In sentencing Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, Chief U.S. District Judge in Chicago Ruben Castillo said he wanted to send a stern message to Hernandez and other Mexican traffickers. Hernandez, 58, is one of 11 alleged traffickers indicted in Chicago, including Guzman himself. Hernandez was the first to be sentenced. 

"I tell you on behalf of all citizens of Chicago ... we are tired of this drug trafficking," Castillo told Hernandez, who minutes earlier apologized to the court and U.S. government and asked Castillo to take pity on him. 

The case is regarded as one of the U.S. government’s most important against Mexican cartels. Guzman remains jailed in Mexico and Mexican authorities haven't said if they might extradite him to Chicago. 

The spotlight during and in the lead-up to Hernandez's sentencing was on the credibility of two Sinaloa cartel associates-turned-government witnesses, Pedro and Margarito Flores. 

Secret recordings and other evidence provided by the twin brothers in 2008 led to the Chicago indictments of Hernandez and 10 others, including Guzman and the Flores twins themselves. 

Hernandez, of Mexico, was the first up for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to distribute. 

Hernandez was a close friend of Guzman, using his logistical skills to ship tons of heroin and cocaine by train from Mexico to Chicago concealed in bogus furniture cargo, according to the Flores brothers. 

But defense lawyers accused the brothers of exaggerating Hernandez's rank in the cartel to curry favor with U.S. prosecutors and ensure the lowest possible prison terms for themselves. 

The twin brothers sought to hoodwink federal agents even after they agreed to cooperate, they allege.
Lawyers for Hernandez also cited court documents indicating the brothers - while behind bars working with the feds - had someone hide up to $2.5 million in cash. From jail, they also allegedly bought a $100,000 Bentley as a gift for Pedro Flores' wife. 
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Vazquez’ attorney becomes contentious with reporter over reports that his client “turned on Chapo”, in video below




 Material used in this post from: Chicago Tribune, Department of Treasury-ABC News=BB Archive

20 comments:

  1. Only 22 years ?? shouldn't it be more than 22 years if there such bad people? There tired of drug trafficking why don't they focus on the gang drug problem in the u.s ? Hypocrites to the fullest while these drones drop bombs on hundreds of innocent children women and men they act like there saints and have the decency to judge who ever they want but they don't look at themselves ? Only god can judge

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    1. Only God can judge, but I can make sure you reach God's tribunal really fast, if you'd like, and I'm only a mere mortal.

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    2. 6:22 For your info they do. If they didn't US streets would be full of gangstas wantta b's mostly US borned latinos and negros from the hood like them bums like calling it. ..your the hipocrite you are the dog with the 2 faces. ..Living off of USA and living inside the territory of this great nation and talking crap about it. It just makes me laugh how UNGRATEFULL bitches like your self be talking shet about the US all the damn time. If it wasn't for the UNITED STATES you wouldn't be where you are. you probably would have been living a shitty life in your country without food, house, car. or maybe even dead by now hater.

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    3. That's a lie the u.s has a gang problem they need to worry about that before it gets worser.

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    4. Not everywhere, states like california, chicago, texas, new york all the places where the latino and negro population is high are the ones with gang problems, those states also have the most mexican drug cartel cells inside their cities using local gangs to deal their drugs. why you think sherrif Joe Arpaio doesn't want any mexicans on the streets of phoenix arizona, thanks to the mx drug cartels.

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    5. Cuz the Aryan Brotherhood & skinheads losers are minorities too? Sucks when you show your limits of your intelligence..

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  2. Chivis heard a lot of rumors that Ivan Guzman and chavo got caught anything about that ?

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    1. yes i have heard rumors since Sunday early. but nothing else, have you seen anything written about it? By now if true the media should be writing about it. I saw the linea directa article of yesterday and a couple blog posts. and that's it.

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    2. Hey Chivis, have you ever seen this photo of chapo. It's new to me. https://www.tumblr.com/search/el%20chino%20antrax

      In the pink shirt holding candles a couple pics down

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    3. And there is another pic of chino aswell kneeling down

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    4. I'm trying to confirm with a buddy of mine mx but he's not even sure I think of true there trying to work out a deal that's why it's still not been so public.

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    5. Oh wow, how the hell you finds the pics? There is another of chapo in the same outfit but different pose. I never saw this one. I never saw chino's either. He was so young in that one. Thanks for sharing!

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    6. No prob Chivis. I was searching in Google for that young army pants chino pic in images and saw the chapo one. Then clicked on the link, which was a tumblr page and found the chino one there too. Ya, never seen either of them. The two pics they released to the public after chino got caught I guess were old mug shots from the mid 2000's. I think that newer one I just found is as recent as I've seen except for the Paris Hilton one. Just add a short beard and there u go, a recent chino pic lol

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    7. Hey the one with chapo pink shirt and candles is when he babtized minic lic

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  3. This fool will die in prison...he is 58...has to do 85 percent of his sentence since its federal...HA! HA! HA! WHERES YOUR CHAPO GOD NOW!!! OMG!!! SO FUNNY!!!

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    1. Chapo god?? So funny...... Wtf..makes no sense.
      Dude chapo is his long time friend. At least this old cat had the balls to not snitch his way to a deal.

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  4. How much time for not having his DFS charola on his person?
    CIA puppet, mexican DFS, after murdering the fabricated mexican guerrilla revolutionaries they fabricated, for the CIA, then deputized their officers to be the drug trafficking agents that moved the CIA's product, with the DFS or whatever federal police corporation on its place...not talking about any of his, gets you some lenience, if you have $$$$ for the lawyering, the US judicial hasthe position that, maybe baby, but the CIA is not on trial, you are, and if you no have no money, that's tough, but that is it.

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  5. Snitching Flores brothers did a lot of damage to the Sinaloa Cartel.. I don't care if brothers sold a billion dollars worth of drugs every month. I'll never respect a rat.

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    1. that means u dont respect any cartel cuz they all rat

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  6. Someone write a corrido about the king and prince of rats. Write a narco corrido of the kingdom of snitches and how it's walls crumbled from within. Sad actually but also necessary. The puppets need a new master. Out with the old in with the new.

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