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[A story that began on a minor note last week has taken on potential importance as it develops. Following are excerpts from El Universal.]
El Universal (Mexico City)
Background: Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, El Chapo Guzman, 55, is the leader of an international drug organization called the Blood Alliance, also known as the Sinaloa Cartel. After the arrest of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, leader of the Gulf Cartel, El Chapo is seen as the principal drug trafficker in Mexico. Since his escape in 2001 from the maximum security prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, Guzman Loera is also the second most wanted on the list of the FBI and Interpol. He is rumored to reside in the area of Guanacevi,Durango, in the Sierra Madre mountains.
[Following are subsequent headlines and their sub-headings.]
4/17/09: PRD asks the Archbishop to report the whereabouts of El Chapo.
Carlos Navarrete Ruiz, Mexican Senate coordinator for the PRD party asked the prelate of the state of Durango to offer data to authorities as to the presumed residence of the narco.
4/18/09: “El Chapo” lives in Durango: Archbishop.
The Archbishop of the archdiocese of Durango assured that the narcotrafficker El Chapo resides near the town of Guanacevi, 300 kilometers northwest of Durango City. “El Chapo lives on past the town of Guamacevi, there is where he lives, everyone knows it except the authorities,” he said.
4/19/09: Archbishop obligated to report: PGR [Federal Dept. of Justice]
The governor [of Durango] Ismael Hernandez Deraz, warns the Archbishop to give the Attorney General any info he has regarding the whereabouts of El Chapo.
4/20/09: The government should protect the Archbishop: Beltran.
The coordinator of the PRI [party] in the Senate considers that the federal government, by way of the PGR [Dept. of Justice] should follow professionally the information the prelate of Durango offers regarding the whereabouts of El Chapo.
PGR should summon the Archbishop: Carpizo
The ex-Attorney General recalls that more than ten years ago, he requested information from the Papal Nuncio, Girolamo Prigione, as he was said to have had a meeting with the Arellano Felix brothers.
Bishops deny threats from the narco.
After the statements about El Chapo, the Archbishop of Durango explained that the PGR has not summoned him to give information on the location of the narcotrafficker.
4/21/09: I am deaf and dumb, says the Archbishop of Durango.
The narcotraffickers respect the men and women of the Catholic Church, assured the Archbishop of Yucatan.
Priests asked to show discretion in speaking about the narco.
They affirm that the Catholic Church will maintain its opposition to narcotraffic and its call to the people not to engage in such activity, although with precaution and prudence.
Two military die from gunfire in the mountains of Durango.
The bodies of two military officers were found in a vehicle riddled by AK-47 rifle fire. Both had their hands tied and showed signs of severe beating. The discovery triggered a military and police response at three levels of government by air and ground operations. The operation took place this morning in an area neighboring the town of Guanacevi where the bodies were discovered with the message, “With El Chapo you are never going to win, not priests, not government.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/21/09
The Mexican army destroyed about 25 acres of marihuana near Villa de Matamoros, Chihuahua. Carried out to final production, the loss to organized crime is estimated at more than 760,000 dollars US.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 4/21/09
Joint Operation Chihuahua arrested seven people in Chihuahua City in two separate actions, also seizing four AK-47 and three AR-15 assault rifles, three pistols and other equipment.
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/21/09
Two Central American human smugglers were arrested in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas along with eight undocumented Africans. The smuggling operation was interrupted near the town of Huehuetan as the group was being guided on foot by their smugglers along a rural road. The smugglers were identified as a Guatemalan and a Honduran.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/21/09
Three known alien smugglers were arrested in Tijuana on charges of a murder committed March 13. The three are accused of committing the murder of another as punishment for causing problems with his inappropriate joking around.
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