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El Chapo

The latest reports on Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera’s Sinaloa cartel and its Chicago ties.

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Chicago’s ‘cartel wives’ traveled abroad, to J.Lo Las Vegas concert with drug cash, feds say

Vivianna Lopez and Valerie Gaytan — wives of former Chicago cocaine kingpins Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores — used drug money for 2018 and 2019 trips, newly unsealed affidavit says.

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Wife of Chicago drug dealer tied to El Chapo says U.S. can’t prosecute, citing immunity deal

Vivianna Lopez, the wife of Pedro Flores, points to her husband’s testimony against El Chapo as evidence of a deal to spare her from criminal charges in the case.

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Mexican army stops fighting drug cartels in western Mexico, tries instead to just keep them apart

Soldiers ‘are not there to disarm the two sides but rather to prevent the conflict from spreading. The problem is that we don’t know where the army draws the line,’ a security expert says.

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El Chapo’s safe house to be given away in lottery by Mexico’s government

The cameras that covered every angle of the modest home’s exterior are gone now. The hole under a bathtub leading to escape tunnels? Covered with concrete.

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High-ranking member of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel gets 10 years after ‘substantial assistance’ to feds

Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia offered a tearful apology to her family and the judge, saying, ‘I wish I could find the words to convince you of how sorry I am.’

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Wives of Chicago twins who helped convict El Chapo charged in money laundering case

The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s office in Chicago said the women betrayed the U.S. government, which got them out of Mexico after their husbands agreed to cooperate against Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera.

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Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ pleads guilty to U.S. charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro admitted she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar Sinaloa cartel criminal empire.

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Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash

They’ve used complex schemes to disguise millions in drug proceeds, making them seem to be legitimate transactions, according to law enforcement sources and court files.

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Chicago twins who helped convict El Chapo face new probe after ending prison terms

A court filing reveals a new investigation against Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores, brothers convicted of importing a ton of cocaine a month into Chicago and other cities.

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Judge says wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to stay in jail

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, appeared by video conference for an initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Washington, D.C.

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Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested on U.S. drug charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, was arrested at Dulles International Airport.

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Key cooperator against ‘El Chapo’ denied compassionate release

Margarito Flores’ request led to the revelation federal prosecutors no longer believe he and his brother turned over all of their assets to the government.

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Feds change tune on whether cooperating Flores twins who turned on ‘El Chapo’ had assets stashed away

The disclosure comes as Margarito Flores seeks compassionate release from prison due to COVID-19.

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50 in Illinois, nearby among 600 busted in crackdown on drug cartel supplying Chicago

The DEA led a six-month international operation against the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has grown more powerful in the Chicago area after El Chapo was caught.

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El Chapo case: Chicago twins Pedro and Margarito Flores who helped feds fail to get a break on sentencing

A federal judge rejected the request, which was revealed in court records made public Monday.

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Judge sentences ex-Sinaloa cartel lieutenant tied to ‘El Chapo’ to 28 years in prison

‘You were a serious drug conspirator at a high level,’ a federal judge in Chicago tells Jesus Raul Beltran Leon. ‘And I need to sentence you accordingly.’

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High-ranking Sinaloa cartel member offered $25K for beating of El Chapo’s godson, feds say

The details were revealed during a sentencing hearing in federal court in Chicago — and in the middle of it all was one of the city’s most notorious street gangs: the Four Corner Hustlers.

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‘El Chapo’ lieutenant seeks only a decade in prison, rather than life, citing torture after capture

Jesus Raul Beltran Leon was a top man in the Sinaloa cartel and pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy. Now, he now could face a new allegation that he offered to pay to have a witness beaten.

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EDITORIAL: ‘El Chapo’ will rot in prison, but America’s drug abuse crisis rages on

The problem is not only illegal drugs such as heroin, but also the opioid-based pills of Big Pharma, which have been overprescribed and overused

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after the Sinaloa cartel chief’s conviction in an epic case that also highlighted Chicago’s role in his epic drug-trafficking empire.

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Another ‘El Chapo’ lieutenant pleads guilty in federal court in Chicago

Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia admitted drug and money-laundering conspiracies for the Sinaloa cartel, breaking down in tears.

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15-year prison sentence for once-powerful drug trafficker who helped feds in ‘El Chapo’ case

Prosecutors had recommended a 17-year sentence for Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa drug cartel’s logistics guru.

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Ex-DEA Chicago boss who hunted ‘El Chapo’ wrote of ‘uselessness’ of cartel logistics guru as a witness

Prosecutors lauded Vicente Zambada-Niebla’s help in urging a break on sentence. But Jack Riley describes frustration, disgust with Sinaloa cartel figure.

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Feds recommend 17 years in prison for top cartel figure who testified against El Chapo

Vicente Zambada-Niebla gave the U.S. government ‘unrivaled’ cooperation against drug lords, prosecutors say.

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‘El Chapo’ lieutenant Jesus Raul Beltran Leon pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

Jesus Raul Beltran Leon’s guilty plea scuttles a drug conspiracy trial set for next month.

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Reputed El Chapo lieutenant doesn’t want kingpin’s name uttered during his trial

Allowing prosecutors to mention El Chapo or the Sinaloa Cartel would prejudice jurors, lawyers for reputed cartel lieutenant tell judge in Chicago.

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Cartel lieutenant facing trial in Chicago greeted ‘El Chapo’ after escape: feds

A reputed Sinaloa drug cartel lieutenant who's facing trial next month in a 9-year-old Chicago case was among the greeting party the first time that Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera escaped from prison in Mexico, federal prosecutors say.

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Ex-Chicago FBI boss: DEA agent’s El Chapo book ‘fiction’ regarding key meeting

Robert Grant hits back at portrayal by ex-Chicago DEA boss, accuses him "of narcissism, wrapped in hubris and tied together with fiction."

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Ex-Chicago DEA boss who helped nail El Chapo seethed at slow action on drug war

Former Chicago DEA boss Jack Riley writes about making 'El Chapo' Chicago's 'Public Enemy No. 1' in new memoir 'Drug Warrior,' excerpted here.

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No escape? El Chapo likely off to ‘prison of all prisons’

In the world of corrections, there are inmates who pose security risks, and then there's "El Chapo."

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2 top cartel lieutenants still face a reckoning in Chicago in El Chapo case

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