Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Imprisoned Gulf Cartel leader Osiel Cárdenas Guillén transferred again; release date reduced to 2024

"MX" for Borderland Beat

Former Gulf Cartel leader Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, once considered Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, is no longer imprisoned in the USP Florence High in Colorado. He is now at the USP Lewisburg in Pennsylvania. The transfer was not reported by the press and it is unclear exactly when it occurred.

Cárdenas Guillén was the top leader of the Gulf Cartel from 1999 to 2003. During his tenure, he hired several ex-military members to form part of the cartel's newly formed paramilitary wing, Los Zetas. In his heyday, he became one of the most-wanted international fugitives. Arrested in Mexico in 2003, Cárdenas Guillén was extradited to the U.S. in 2007.

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility for parole in 2010, but his sentence term has been reduced multiple times. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Cárdenas Guillén's new expected release date is scheduled for 30 August 2024. He will be out in four years and before the age of 60. 

Imprisonment in the U.S.
When Cárdenas Guillén was extradited from Mexico to the U.S. in 2007, his location in the U.S. was unknown. Court records later showed that his lawyers were able to secure his stay in two federal penitentiaries in Atlanta and Florida, where he enjoyed several privileges.

In 2010, U.S. federal judge Hilda Tagle ordered Cárdenas Guillén to serve 25 years in prison without parole. He was then transferred to the notorious ADX Florence, a supermax facility that houses the most dangerous inmates. Although originally scheduled for a 2035 release date, the date was reduced to 2028 for his time served in Mexican custody and in the U.S. prior to his sentence.
BOP info showing his new location and reduced release date
As reported by Borderland BeatCárdenas Guillén was transferred from ADX Florence to USP Florence High sometime in April 2019. Though located in the same "complex" (land owned by the BOP), ADX Florence is stricter with inmate interactions and even has different units for dangerous inmates under solitary confinement.

On the other hand, USP Florence High is virtually like other USPs across the U.S. and allows for inmates to mingle with others more freely. It is possible that Cárdenas Guillén was transferred internally as officials prepared for his reinstatement into society. When Cárdenas Guillén was transferred to USP Florence High, his release date was also reduced from 2028 to 2025. 

Post-release questions
As a Mexican national with no legal status in the U.S., Cárdenas Guillén should – in theory – be deported to Mexico after his sentence (often termed as "No lawful return to the U.S." in court files). But unlike other Gulf Cartel members indicted with him, the U.S. government did not order Cárdenas Guillén's removal from the U.S. after his sentence concludes.

Cárdenas Guillén provided valuable information to U.S. officials on the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas and their rivals in exchange for a soother sentence. Cárdenas Guillén's testimonies were instrumental to law enforcement efforts and helped weakened the influence of his cartel. However, it also had many unintended consequences.

Cárdenas Guillén's transfer from Matamoros to Mexico City following his 2003 arrest
The information he provided also helped generate violence in Mexico as his cartel suffered schisms and fractures. If Cárdenas Guillén returns to Mexico, it is likely he will face imminent danger. U.S. prosecutors have used the carrot of U.S. visas against high-ranking Mexican drug kingpins to convince them to become informants.

In addition, it is likely that Cárdenas Guillén faces no drug charges in Mexico. According to Article 15 of the Extradition Treaty between Mexico and the U.S., the Mexican government will not extradite a Mexican national unless multiple conditions are met. Among them include:

(1) - a Mexican national cannot be extradited if he/she is facing trial or has outstanding charges in Mexico.

(2) - a Mexican national can be extradited once he/she is sentenced or absolved.

(3) - if the Mexican national is serving a sentence in Mexico, he/she can only be extradited to the U.S. on other charges (thus avoiding double jeopardy).

Since Cárdenas Guillén was not sentenced while in Mexican custody, that means his charges were dropped in Mexico before he was extradited to the U.S., per Article 15.

His new release date is now 30 August 2024, a little over four years from today. He has a five-year probation term once his sentence concludes and he will leave prison before the age of 60.

68 comments:

  1. Wow...

    Does anyone know if these guys ever get out even sooner than their release date, in the federal system?

    I realize this new date I s already MUCH earlier than his original sentence, but with so many drops over the years, I would not be surprised.

    He must be the absolute prime model of a prisoner.

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  2. Bet everybody is gonna ne pissed at BB for revealing these facts. To the outside the US gov tries to seem "tough" and "firm', but in reality it makes sure that the cartel top brass is treated leniently to make sure they shit their mouth.

    This is further demonstrated by the many plea deals cartel leaders are given, through which there are no trials, no witnesses, no details and no relevations!

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    1. You give up 21 years of your life in custody w/ most at Florence ADX and see if that is tough and firm. Osiel should have at least 5 consecutive life sentences for the shit he did and the weight the weight CDG moved. Sentenced to 25 yrs, forfeit hundreds of millions, and give up 3 helicopters, the light is at the end of the tunnel a deal is a deal and he will be done. Benjamin is next if he can last.

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  3. These extraditions are worthless if majority of high profile cartel leaders who pumped tons of narcotics into our country receive lienenci.
    All along the average joe for small a fraction of distribution receives 10+ years state/federal prison sentences.
    The American justice system has become a hypocrisy when it pertains to citizenship. Creating a humanitarian incarceration crisis.

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    1. 10?? You should see the sentences people are getting for meth/meth conspiracy cases- try 30 years or LIFE if you have priors and a weapon

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  4. Man if this guy was already a psychopath before I could only imagine how off the rails he’s going to be when he leaves the Supermax. F

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  5. Why he didn’t get life in prison I have no idea

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    1. says in the article... because he snitched. that's how it works in the US of A

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  6. Only problem is won’t be in WPP he will be let out with a target on his back. He is persona non gratis in the US and is definitely persona non gratis in MX. Easy hit at Lewisburg for someone to make their name and earn cred.

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    1. A lot of LCN wise guys in Lewisburg. He may just make some new friends.

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    2. 6:29 this Lewisbourg joint could be equivalent to a PhD from Harvard,
      Every kind of criminal bastard graduates Harvard and becomes an untouchable high class sanababich.

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  7. Osiel and Tigrillo Arellano coming out in a few years, and people like Garcia Abrego and Mochomo are in for life, why?

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    1. because they didn't snitch and the U.S. government got pissed for that.

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    2. Means Chapo didn't snitch either

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    3. 10:24

      Nope.Chapo wanted to snitch but wasn't given the opportunity. No deal was offered to him.

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    4. Tigrillo cooperated and received a 23 year long sentence. El Min did not cooperate and received a 25 year sentence and will be out in 2027. Cut it out with this chapo didn’t snitch nonsense, he was an informant since the late 90’s.

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    5. 11:13 EL Chapo Is Lucky, Very Very Lucky.
      He is still alive, other big shots went to prison until they died, but some got killed under suspicious circumstances, like Jeffrey Epstein.
      It is a bad omen when your former friends get you in prison.
      See, rudi giuliani went to Mexico City to do some consulting job for one year for 10 million dollars, and crime and drug trafficking flourished worse than feeding it with GMO, he was hired by AMLO and Ebrard and they got swindled, Giuliani then went on to defraud other countries with his Broken Windows campaign for broke ass narco-governments.

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    6. If Chapo being "lucky" is winning I'd rather lose.

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    7. 5:22 you win when you get to fight another day,

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    8. If a "win" is being in prison for life I'd rather lose and be free.

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  8. Millions saved up and you get a visa too? With your fam? Niceee not too bad,

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    1. Not millions, BILLIONS!

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    2. Billions ?? Not this guy ... he’s not a sinaloense

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    3. 4:27 claim to be a billionaire he did not, snitch and cooperate like a CDS member for sure he did

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  9. I wonder if top guys like this will come out to money? I bet family and friends who he had open businesses and manage real estate either ran them into the ground or sold the properties and kept the money thinking he is never gettin out. Like i wonder if pablo escobars family had any money left or got to keep some properties

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  10. What is he? Metros or Escorpiones? His release will be interesting.

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    1. man , you must be a newbie.

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    2. He is supreme leader of the whole organization. I don’t even thinking metros should be considered CDG. They’re completely independent, they don’t get along with any other faction within the CDG. It will be very interesting to see what happens in Reynosa and the frontera chica once he is out! That region belongs to the metros faction.

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    3. of the two likely Escorpiones, but it would probably be remained since Escorpiones were originally Tormenta's

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    4. Hes from Matamoros. The birthplace of the gulf cartel and the zetas. Assuming he dont get killed he wld control the matamoros faction automatically. Assuming he dont get killed.

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  11. How possible güero palma and Javier Torres are locked up still or them laws weren't applicable

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    1. The rich catch a cold while the poor contract pneumonia. Pretty sure money was a factor along with cooperation.

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    2. I don't know if the treaty was amended, but at least in El JT's case, he was convicted for drugs in the U.S., and re-arrested in Mexico for organize crime, homicide and firearm charges. So no double jeopardy. These new charges must have been added while he was in the U.S. But things were very different in Mexico prior to the implementation of the New Criminal Justice System (NSJP) in 2013.

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    3. Wasn't Héctor Luis Palma Salazar released June 2016. He walked across the bridge to Matamoros. Then arrested by Mexican authorities. That puts the terms of Article 15 mentions here in question.

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    4. Anon 9:52 Palma could have been arrested on new charges added after his extradition which is what is explained above. seems like that is a loophole that the Mexican gvt can play to their advantage...

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    5. Palma did five years in the US. AUSAs afraid to prosecute and give ridiculous deals. Hard to convince host nations to extradite knowing they lose their charges to double jeopardy and we release them back to the host nation to create mayhem after five years.

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    6. 12:43 miguel angel felix gallardo is afraid of el Güero Palma, after all
      el padrino sent the Venezuelan pimp to kill palma salazar's wife and children after seducing her and stealing the family's millions of dollars.
      Mexican and US governments have a debt with felix gallardo, and have kept Salazar in prison mostly on trumped up charges. EL Chapo in on the same boat, They were too smart for Gallardo's AFOs and the CDJ.

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    7. 9:52

      Yes, El Güero Palma was released in June of 2016 and deported to Mexico. He was arrested a few hours after crossing into Mexico on 2 homicide charges from 1995 in Nayarit. There were no more federal charges from the PGR to arrest him on but the 2 homicide charges were considered state crimes and were outstanding. So technically, there's no double jeopardy of which to speak of.

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  12. Its sad hes gona be able to see the streets again

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    1. You won’t hear about this dude, he is a protected witness 100%

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  13. Hahaha very nice, can we have the 2 agents he threatened release him?

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  14. I love how the worst guys get the lowest sentences. And if their wives are co-conspirators, the wives get no sentences.

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    1. If not for BB. These infractions by US justice system would have not been exposed.
      It's all political and financially structured.

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  15. Witness protection

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  16. Excellent 👍 hope he has learned his lesson, with all those years in prison.

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    1. Which lesson, hombre?

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    2. you ARE kidding, right ?

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    3. 8:37

      Crime pays but snitching gets you less prison time lol

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    4. If he did not learn, he is then an azzhole.💀

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    5. 8:37 not to be a criminal.

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  17. This cat is definitely returning to the game when he’s released. 100%. His family still controls matamoros and I’m sure he’ll get control of the whole Tamps once he’s out.

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  18. Interesting he will be released so soon and is not facing charges in Mexico. Just like Miguel Caro Quintero. I wonder if Osiel will stay in the USA or go back to Mexico like MCQ strange how some narcos get a sweet deal while other's like(El Guero Palma) spend the rest of their lives in prison.

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    1. Did you not do the math add time being served in USA and add time in Mexico, which US does take into consideration, he may serve less time if the deathly viper Corona virus gets him.

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    2. I did the math my point is why is he not being charged in Mexico? The reason being in Mexico con dinero baile el perro. The same thing happened with MCQ released from a US prison then crossed the border and is now free as a bird in Mexico.

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  19. Where is the Corona virus section? I used to see it in here, this is chuy of the tijuana.
    Today Wednesday in Mexico
    5,399 are the infected
    456 dead

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    1. Do self distance 6 feet, wear a mask, no going to bars on chulia street.

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  20. MX can you reach out to the Mexican gvt to double-check if new charges were not filed against him after he was extradited? curious to see since i wouldn't find that unlikely

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  21. Hell, just let him stay in the US and set up shop! Lotto winner!

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  22. Many will not like it and agree.. but the snitches always win..lol

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  23. 2nd attempt: Big bucks have been spent to line lawyers pockets. Money is a wonderful lubricant for the prison gate hinges.
    One day Chapo will get out early... Those lawyers are hard at work as we speak. One day Chapo will be made to look like a saint and be a free man again.
    Mexico-Watcher

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  24. So what's the chances when he is released he returns to Matamoros and takes over CDG and Tamaulipas?

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    1. I doubt it, most people who were once loyal to him are either dead or imprisoned. I don't think the leaders of the numerous factions of the CDG would be willing to give him power without a fight.

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    2. @3:56 agree...these new generation narcos don’t like to be told what to do or follow orders. They just kill the threat or competition. I go to Matamoros often and there were many ppl in line to take his place, they’re not gonna cut him any breaks.

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  25. I would think he would be in the witness protection program when released but he should be executed immediately. This POS and his entire filthy family need to be released from this earth.

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  26. The First Step Act reduced sentences for drugtraffickers, and gave greater number of "good days" each year towards sentence reduction.

    Any legal minds here that can weigh in? I see even "life" sentences are being reduced to 25 years. I wonder if that will effect Alfredo Beltran Leyva's sentence. This reduction accepts those with priors.

    Hypothetically, if it would be applicable, and deducting good time, and he is a model prisoner who everyone loves, plus reduction for time served in US and Mx....he would be able to be released in relatively short time. as it is he will leave in a pine box.

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  27. Osiel Cárdenas Guillén threatened the DEA agents. You threaten those guys and your azz is fried. He is gonna do 21 years of a 25 years sentence. I bet he wont insult the DEA/CIA again. Next time they will kill him. The only cartel bigger than anyone is the DEA/CIA.

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