Friday, May 6, 2016

'El Chapo' Guzmán had more airplanes than the biggest airline in Mexico

Posted by DD material from El Universal

 The air freight service operated by the Sinaloa Cartel could be considered bigger than Mexico’s largest airline, according to an investigation by the newspaper El Universal. - Aeroméxico,owns 127  

Between 2006 and 2015, military officials seized 599 airplanes and helicopters allegedly belonging to the cartel, dwarfing the fleet of 127 aircraft operated by Mexico’s largest established airline, Aeroméxico.

If a legal company, the cartel would also compete as the most lucrative airport company in the country, operating 4,771 clandestine airstrips between 500 meters and one kilometer long, nestled in the heart of the mountains in northern states.

The leader of the organization itself, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera said in his interview for Rolling Stone, released in January: 'I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anyone else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines and aircraft.'.

In recent years the Sinaloa cartel has added many ultra-light aircraft to their fleet to continue moving their cargo north across the border after the larger planes have brought it to the clandestine along the border.  Ultralight aircraft that can carry more than 500 kilos of drugs and have been piloted   by senior elements of the Mexican Air Force.   according to reports by federal prosecutors in the United States. 

The route drug pilots followed is where most of the aircraft seized.   Out of the states of Sinaloa, Durango and Coahuila, in the Golden Triangle.      The Sedena provided data about where the planes are taking off and landing.

Since 2006 they have discovered 4,729 clandestine airstrips. In the last three years they were recorded 894. particularly in Badiraguato, Guadalupe y Calvo, Guachochi and Tamazula, municipalities nestled in the Sierra Madre Occidental were located.
 However, many of them concentrated on the northern border of Mexico, specifically in the northwest. In the case of Baja California they were discovered 1025. and in Sonora, 1,564

Even though there have been a lot of seizures of aircraft over the last 10 years, the drug trafficking by aircraft continues.  So far this federal administration has managed to detect 894 clandestine airstrips in the Mexican border, which have ceased to operate as such.  Guachochi Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua; Tamazula, Durango and La Paz, Baja California Sur, concentrated 50.7% of all clandestine airstrips in Mexico, according to this information. 

Seizures 

According to information obtained by EL UNIVERSAL-through requests for information and resoure impugnación- from 2006 to 2015,  599 aircraft were seized that  were running drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel, 13 were helicopters and 586 airplanes.

During the period from 2006-2012 the govt. confiscated  544 aircraft, and in just  2008 the figure was 284.  Under this administration, In 2013 they secured 19 aircraft  and during 2014 were 14 and in 2015, 22 aircraft. 

Although the data from the Secretariat of National Defense remains classified regarding  specifications of seized aircraft, Management Service and Property Disposal (SAE) provided to El Universal  through the Transparency Act, a list of aircraft auctioned from 2006 to date, ie units that could not prove their legal origin.

 In total, according to the SAE 105 seized aircraft were sold at auction . The most common models: Cessna, Rockwell, Gulfstream, Piper and Beechcraft. The sale of the seized aircraft also brought the federal government, according to the institution, income of 81 million 654 thousand 707 pesos.  

Between 2010 and 2012, the SAE list showed  that the top planes seized drug trafficking,Cessna aircraft have become the main tool used because of it's characteristics us by gangland drug traffickers.

  Of the 105 aircraft, 60 were Cessna. The most popular: the model 206, having side doors and allows double loading and unloading packages faster. In addition, there are kits to expand its reserve fuel, allowing you to travel long distances, up to 1,300  kilometers.;   Another advantage for drug dealers is that the Cessna just need a stretch of land between three and four blocks for takeoff and landing, which have made the most popular aircraft in the last decade. 

Of the 105 aircraft, 60 were Cessna. The most popular: the model 206, having side doors and allows double loading and unloading packages faster. In addition, there are kits to expand its reserve fuel, allowing you to travel long distances, up to 1,300  kilometers.   Another advantage for drug dealers is that the Cessna just need a stretch of land between three and four blocks for takeoff and landing, which have made the most popular aircraft in the last decade. 

GERMAN PILOT





Jorge Arevalo Kessler was arrested in Mexico on April 7, 2008 by elements of the Federal Police in Mexico City.   



 Arevalo Kessler 44, from a wealthy family and a native of Germany, acquired Mexican nationality. In 1987 he graduated as Military Aviation Pilot Military Aviation School Number 5, in Jalisco.

That afternoon would be arrested for drug trafficking in a plane that flew from Ecuador to Toluca. The pilot was jailed in the prison of Almoloya de Juarez, where he only stayed 22 months, until February 24, 2010 left the maximum security prison to be extradited to the United States. Federal authorities Texas  had collected evidence for years, proving that Kessler was one of the senior pilots in the service of the Sinaloa Cartel.  

  Since 2010, Arévalo Kessler has remained imprisoned in a detention center in Texas. -thatr judgment like that of other high-profile- drug traffickers remains classified by the US authorities, but in August 2015 they made public some documents: transcripts of hearings in which the pilot pleaded guilty, and sentencing trial.

UNIVERSAL Documents provided by the Attorney for the Southern District of Texas show how Arevalo Kessler reached an agreement with the US government. No details of the data which provided are revealed, but the judge would offer as an argument to reduce his sentence was due to a plea agreement that included exchange of information. The transcript of his trial, unsealed on August 19, 2015, states that in January 2011 t the pilot was admitted he was carried away by greed. 


"I am praying and I just ask the Lord that I want to change and speak the truth. What I did was wrong. I was acting, blinded by greed. In trying to give a better life to my family, I did it the wrong way. I have not seen my children for three years. I made a wrong decision and I am fully aware that I did the wrong thing. I'm sorry, I really mean, what I can say?" ;   


photo from El Pinero
 The Texas prosecutors gathered evidence that proved that he belonged to an organization of senior pilots working for the Sinaloa Cartel. 

  He allied himself with Alejandro Flores Cacho and Ricardo Garcia Sanchez, aviator pilots and graduates of  Escuela Militar de Aviacion de la Secretario de Defense.  Since 2003 they trafficked drugs from South America to the cartel.

  The US Treasury Department reported that the pilots were operating narcotics trafficking by air through maintenance companies, Aviation, Transportation and Air Services, SA de CV, an aircraft hangar and maintenance located in Toluca; Aero Expreso Intercontinental, SA de CV, an air cargo company based in Mexico City. The most important is Professional Aviation Training, a flight school in Cuernavaca they used to train new pilots who participate in drug trafficking. García Sánchez Flores Cacho and remain at large. 

  During the trial, the defense argued that Kessler Arévalo his crimes were 'a mistake'. He asked the judge to consider that he was not Mexican. The document was provided to El Universal by the Attorney for the Southern District of Texas , including the statement of his attorney;

"'He's a very well educated man who reached the level of captain of the Mexican Air Force (FAM). He also trained hundreds of pilots. Also has his wife and two children waiting for him. He has had the opportunity to travel around the world. Not only is he Mexican, he is also a German citizen. He has had many privileges and good education, is also a fighter. I mean, he has flown fighter jets, commercial aircraft, small and large jets. Unfortunately, as he said, he was blinded by greed. But he is a man who has tremendous talent. He speaks three languages ​​and I think the Court should be compassionate to give him the credit he deserves. ' 

Before the arrest, the airline Emirates Airlines, Dubai, had offered him a job as an aviator pilot. The defense managed to reduce the sentence of 20 tp 11 years..  . .

63 comments:

  1. Mexicana de Aviation used to be the greatest mexican airlines with a lot of passengers, mexican government owned, the politicians decided to rob and rob and rob from it until it was sold for $1.00 dollar...
    Pinche gobierno mexicano de mierda.

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    1. Who bought it? Cartels subsidiary?

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    2. Arriba los revolucionarios pinches perros

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  2. Another advantage that Cessnas have over other small aircraft is that most models are'3 down and welded' which means a fixed landing gear.The advantages of retractable gear small aircraft is that they gain maybe another 30 knots airspeed in flight and therefore better fuel consumption but it does take a more proficient pilot to fly them.For example if you land on the nosewheel 1st instead of the mains 1st you will take the landing gear off therefore your dope stays til fixed but I would say the biggest reason for Cessnas is you can land them in rough terrain[non paved runways whereas retractable gear is pavement only[unless you're a dummy].The Cessna 206 is a little powerhouse compared to some of the other Cessnas,a great workhorse.As far as runways are concerned they are everywhere in Baja.There is a 3000 ft PAVED strip up on the hill behind the restaurant in Laguna Chapa in Baja.It's in the middle of nowhere.It's right beside the hwy but you would never know it was there[but lordy really nasty crosswinds].There's a couple of islands[not Espiritos Santos] off La Paz that have some rough and I mean really rough and very short dirt strips that don't even look leveled off or graded.

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    1. Drop the load and fly back into Mexico for landing sounds easy enough unless both governments cooperate and it's a 9/10 chance of making it through.
      Question is why use a tunnel if you got a plane ?

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    2. Arriba el barrio

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    3. 11:39-I meant Laguna Chapala in Baja.I spelled it wrong.

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  3. Of some of the aircraft makes confiscated Pipers are mostly single engine small aircraft and some small twins.The Gulfstream is probably the largest of the private jets[not a commercial airliner].It's like a Learjet,seats maybe 10 but being a twin engine jet with tons of power probably has a pretty good payload for carrying weight but consumes about $1500 or more an hour in fuel but is transoceanic and super fast like an airliner.The Rockwell sorry I am not familiar with at all.Beechcraft make a lot of twin engine smaller prop aircraft.All the twins [retractable gear]need paved strips to land.The Gulfstream would need at least a 5000 ft strip so it would be bigger airports.Cessas and Pipers would only need 1000 ft for takeoff less if temperature is cooler like night or early morn maybe 500+.

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    1. Well, Can Can Canna, Alvarito Uribe Velez sure could use an expert pilot, but I guess he uses bigger planes and real professional landing strips, he used to be presidente de Colombia...

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    2. Rockwell was a company that made the air commanders. Strong plane. Good for heavy payload.

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    3. Ando volando bajo :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
      Laralra laralara
      How does that song go?

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    4. NOTICE. el chapo has just been transferred to a prison very close to the Texas border.

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    5. @canadianaMay 6, 2016 at 11:56 PM
      Why does cooler weather allow for shorter runway?

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    6. Thank you Mohan.

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    7. You are not flying these planes into the USA. If you say yes, tell me where. I am a pilot in the US.

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    8. 4:31. It's a phenomenon called "Density Altitude". GOOGLE it.

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    9. 4:31-It's not so much that engines perform better in cooler weather although they do but it's more the lift on the wings.Cooler air is much denser thus more lift.4:31 is correct.It's called density altitude.I see we have a few other pilots on here.When you are flying in -40 degrees it's like having supercharging.I have flown a Cessns 206 at -40 and it climbs out at 3000 ft per minute whereas at 70 degree F maybe 1000 ft per minute.Huge huge difference.

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    10. 6:47-I have flown in US Mexico and Canada in small single engine Cessnas and Pipers as well as twin engines.I haven't flown in awhile but have a fair amount of hours and haven't forgotten.

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  4. This just proves that cartels are proxy groups of both mex/us governments... chapo coming up with all these MOs to operate his organization? sure...

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  5. Gawd if the damn Americans design and engineer and build airplanes the Mexicans would have to use burros!

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    1. But they rather be pilots. Do you know how to fly a plane? Probably not.

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    2. 9:46-Only another pilot would know from what I have blogged and if I wasn't the pilots on here would sure correct me.I wouldn't be that dumb to make a fool of myself.

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  6. Just like Don Pablo only bigger!

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  7. Apples and oranges you can not compared $60,000 / $200,000 dollar Cessna planes to $70 / $320 million dollar Boeing planes.

    Aeromexico has a contract with Boeing for more than 50 $320 million dollar Boeing Dreamliner planes.

    $1 million dollars can get you 10 to 5 Cessna planes depending on the year they were made.

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    1. Jenny Rivera was looking for a plane to buy...
      --The 50 year old plane the mexican dealer hooked her with was a facking Lemmon piece of junk, i mean "la barbie blew her plane".

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    2. There is 60 and 70 year old planes still in service.Every part replaced I'm sure.The body would be the corrosion factor.The DC3 very old and lots in service.They are extremely reliable even more than your BMW or Toyota.

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    3. Aero mexico will be going bankrupt to not pay for all those planes, the mexican government never paid the creditors of Mexicana de Aviación...

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  8. AIRCHAPO. Fly With Us!

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    1. Or flying high with us!

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    2. That's a good 1 6:09.

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  9. Burros are still used by mexicans, and mules, "republican and his mule" proves americans use mules too, Pancho villa rented his air planes to blackjack, the real one, general pershing, and pershing never could catch up with him, i'm sure Pancho was at blackjack's home tending to the "landscapping" heheheee...

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  10. Cuahuila is not part of the golden triangle its chihuahua you dummies lol....

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  11. Chapo got transfer to a ciudad juarez prison today at 2am

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  12. Ya pasaron al chapo para cd Juarez

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    1. A que se les escapa!!! Lo Mandan a un estado donde el cartel de sinaloa tiene precencia y donde en esa carcel tiene mucho aliados y a la ves muchos enemigos... Se les va escapar otra ves....

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    2. EL TEMO /THE TEMOMay 7, 2016 at 10:33 PM

      Is LA LINEA gonna get him :)? ????....or NAH!

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  13. Chapo just got transferred to Juarez

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  14. El Chapo transfered to Cd.Juarez,Chihuahua.. any reason as to why he got sent into enemy territory??????

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    1. Because their are more crooked cops there and the tunnel is ready.Peña is thinking that El Chapo being extradited will help his Presidential legacy, but it is only going to help Obama's legacy and Pena Nieto will be remembered for the expensive white house he purchased at a discounted price from his favorite contractor,Pemex,lots of murders like Rancho Del Sol,the 43 students,and the gay guy who knows him really well. Then be charged by the new United States President for something he's trying to hide/coverup.

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    2. HIGA gave epn the white house, PEMEX is going to deposit a few billion dollars in a foreign bank where nobody can see anything for epn...then epn will say "a chingar su madreeee pinchis asalariadooos!!!" to the mexican people...

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  15. Chapo to be transferred to Juarez prison. Once in US custody, expected to go to Brooklyn for trial.

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    1. Ball is rolling for extradition

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  16. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/07/americas/el-chapo-prison-transfer/

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  17. Arriba mexico putos

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    1. Ariiva Mexicanos

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    2. 1.03pm I think you missed a comma

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  18. Is this true dd autodefensas en Guanajuato http://m.reporteindigo.com/nota.php?id=98637

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  19. I do not think all those airplanes that got caught were from Sinaloa cartel every time something big like that happens they always say it's Sinaloa because it's the most known cartel comma let's not forget that Beltran Leyva Cartel de Juarez even said that operate in cahuila.. don't get me wrong they probably do have more but not all the planes confiscated belong to them

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  20. Is it true chapo was transefered yo a prison in texas??

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  21. For all of you idiots who thinks he's going to the US sad to break your hearts but the move has been played for HOUDINI to make his last great escape. In the near weeks or months we will hear that DON CHAPO was killed in prison and tortured by burning his body beyond recognition. Only to retire for good!!!!! So all of you so called Americans who call yourself Patriots can get ready to curse your government because the real Elvis is preparing to leave the building!!!!!!!

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    1. Another cartel fan boy living in fantasy land.

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  22. Mencho has more planes than delta

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  23. 5:48. Are you saying he will actually be killed or that his death will be faked? I think the latter is more plausible, no? He will get a new identity, plastic surgery to change his appearance, the whole nine yards, all thanks to the millions and more millions paid to Mexican government.

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  24. A el chapito lo pusieron y ahora va pa Juarez a q se lo echen la gente de vicente carrillo!el viceroy es el MERO JEFE!!!PURO LINCE!!

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    1. 9:27 sorry, vicente, el "puro lince" apesta a puro lion correteado...

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  25. El viceroy también esta en almoloya, despues de ser cogido en durango, how about that?

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  26. Please, senor de los cielos had the biggest fleet of planes

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    1. 2:33 they were not his property, el señor de los cielos had planes borrowed from the USAF GENERAL RICHARD SECORD...
      --While tijuana had TAESA FOR THE ARELLANUSES

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  27. I'm wondering how easy or hard these pilots are treated working for a cartel.They don't have D.O.T. rules to fly under.Do cartels listen to the pilot when he says they are maybe too overloaded to get off the ground and either take some weight off or fly when it's cooler or would they just get ordered to fly at any cost but an accident could kill the pilot,lose the plane with the load in flames and call attention to authorities neither of would be a wise choice.

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  28. Pilots put their ass on the line, and many like to push their luck.

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  29. Here's a question for all of you.
    How many escapes and how many billions of dollars does it take before you finally decide to take your $$$$$$$$$ and get the hell out of dodge. I mean seriously, why stick around and sell another dime bag, get the f out of town ! He had 8 billion, maybe he didn't have enough planes to transport his money ? By now i would have been the hottest tallest chick on the Greek Islands , NOBODY would have known that i used to be a short Mexican guy that was in charge of a drug cartel in Mexico, what gives, is it the greed or was he really that stupid to think he would never get caught hanging out in his own home town, disguised as himself. That much stupidity just pisses me off. He should have taken that 8 billion and dropped it from all his planes all over Mexico including covering all the mountains and surrounding oceans. Maybe some of the 30 million illegals here in the USA would have chased the "FREE MONEY" trail back home. Not to be a smart ass, but i know i would have ran to Mexico to chase down all that cash. Who wouldn't it's free, not like it fell from heaven on accident, not like i would return it to the cartels, it's drug money, spend it before the crooked government keeps it all for their vacations. What gives ??????? Greed ????? Stupidity ????? or both ???? And to think...He was admired...unbelievable !!!

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