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This city less than an hour from Chicago is so white it could be Norway or Sweden. it is home to politicians, major league baseball players and television actors attracted by the tranquility of a village as American as apple pie . Almost as if to reaffirm, dozens of stars and stripes flags fly continuously from the porches of his many mansions. The Ferraris , BMWs, Hummers and Jaguars passing at all hours through the streets confirms their privileged status as one of the 50 richest towns richest country in the world. If it were an independent nation, its per capita income would make the most prosperous in the world, with $104,000 average salary, more than even the oil emirate of Qatar. Not everyone can live here, where there are houses that can cost $10 million. Much less minorities: the 2010 census dictates that 90 percent of its residents are Caucasian, 6.4 Asian and only 3.5 percent Hispanic. If there are Mexicans in Hinsdale is because they usually come to cut the grass. “Honey, the houses here are as good as the imagination. The sky is the limit, “says Janet, who owns a two story house and 10/4 on the corner of Phillipa Drive, one of its main streets. “Everyone knows everyone. It is not easy to be strangers.” Perhaps factors such as what happened the day before the presidential election of 2008 is even more bizarre and revealing of all places, the cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman chose this billionaire suburb to establish two bases of operations from which they controlled the distribution and sale of drugs throughout the Midwestern United States.
It ended up being a crucial event, which today is the foundation on which stands the most important trial that the U.S. government has against “El Chapo” and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada in the North Court of Illinois, which was updated with new charges in February. It’s the same case that tried to Vicente Zambada Niebla, and that would have tried Arturo Beltran Leyva, if he survived a raid launched by the Marines against him. It is also a case that offers a glimpse at the penetration of the the richest corners of the United States by Mexican cartels operators under the camouflage of professionals.
Bocus Michelle had just returned from voting in the presidential election on November 4, 2008, when he heard the sirens on the street that seems taken directly from the set of the television series “Desperate Housewives”. Looking out the window of his mansion, he could see men DEA jackets assault the residence a few meters away, at number 42. The house became vacant when the owner died of old age, and i was offered for rent by their children.
“I never knew who’s rented,” says Bocus, Street resident for 35 years. “I never saw any Mexicans here.” But there were Mexicans. A group of them, including siblings twins Margarito and Pedro Flores, operators working for the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva when they were allies in the distribution of narcotics, weapons and money across the United States. In Mexico, the news of the raid spread almost overnight. That same day the plane of Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mouriño crashed. But the U.S. Department of Justice struck one of the hardest blows ever at two Mexican cartels.
“On average, the Flores brothers received 500 to 2000 kilograms of cocaine a month, sometimes getting all or most of the total Guzman Loera and Zambada Garcia (…) and at other times of the Beltran Leyva cartel had,” said Washington then in a press release.
The operation was a large scale. And according to the DEA, was documented as allowing street vendors to link into half a dozen U.S. cities directly with Mexican drug lords. “The Flores sold large quantities of cocaine and heroin to wholesale customers in Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC , Vancouver and other cities, “stated in the press release.
Bocus said never to have met the Flores brothers, who rented the house for over a year without anyone noticing. He never heard noises, parties or bizarre behavior, such as that commonly associated with drug traffickers. Margarito and Peter were part of the landscape.
Only on the day of the raid did a strange thing happened: Bocus computer was seized . “I saw displayed on my screen information, with names and dollar amounts Mexico. There were names, addresses and documents . It was taken by the police,” he recalls.
Along with that, another house was seized in Hinsdale. But they were the only ones. That same day the U.S. government found homes and warehouses of the Sinaloa Cartel in twenty directions from Chicago, on streets with names like Racine, Erie, Trenton and Bode, in suburban Romeoville, Plainsfield, Palos Hills, and even in the same city.
Jack Ryley, DEA special agent in charge of the Midwestern United States, says it is a tactic that Mexicans learned from their predecessors in Colombia. “They blend in very well. They speak the language and are culturally acceptable to how they behave in the community, “says the agent.
– Even in a neighborhood as white as Hinsdale?
-Yes. Aren’t they great at what they do (camouflage)? We found homes for the cartels that had everything: Christmas lights, cut grass all the time … and when we got into the home and opened the door, we found 500 kilos of cocaine and millions of dollars. Nothing else.
Two brothers were found in their taxi, both handcuffed, with signs of torture, and beheaded. Two cards with messages were left with the bodies.
Gunmen in two Suburban’s attacked a gasoline station here with Molotov cocktails, taking all of the cash from the employees at gunpoint. The employees fought the flames with extinguishers until fire fighters arrived. Damagae amounted to several thousand pesos.
The Mexican military seized over 200 kilos of opium gum,142 kilos 86 grams of marijuana, two kilos 140 grams of meth , 19 grams of cocaine.
It also seized 30 long arms, 10 handguns, 40 magazines and 624 cartridges of different calibers.
ZACAZONAPAN, STATE OF MEXICO
A shootout between knights Templar and LFM (La Familia Michoacan) left at least 10 dead. After the hour long gunfight, the bodies were taken away by the shooters.
Federal police were attacked by at least 8 gunmen in 2 vehicles. Two of he bad guys were captured.
TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA
The military has announced the capture of Julio Cesar Salas Salas Reyes or Julio Salas Quinones, nicknamed The M-4 operator. He is known as The Engineer, leader of the Arellano Felix criminal organization. He is accused of joining the Arellano Felix organization in the early nineties, to engage in drug trafficking, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion. He is a likely partner in the clandestine landing of an airplane in a in La Paz, Baja California Sur, on November 4, 1995, carrying 10 tons of cocaine owned by the Arellano Felix.
The state Secretary of Security announced the assassination of Marco Antonio Velázquez Cubas, who was a commander of a state police unit.
Five tortured bodies were dumped along a highway between Guerrero and Michoacan. There were messages left with the bodies, and posts were driven into the ground around them, and some driven through the chests of the victims. They remain unidentified.
Desperation, Lack of Donors Drives Organ Trafficking in Latin America
Mass Mexico City Protest Against Pena Nieto Win
Newly elected Mexican president will end war with cartels
“…through corruption of local officials, criminal gangs had gained control of 71.5 percent of Mexico’s cities and towns.”-Edgardo Buscaglia, a professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Mexico recount confirms Enrique Pena Nieto won presidential election
Five weird things about Mexico’s next president (maybe…)
Elite counterdrug units proposed for Mexico
In the last 48 hours in Morelos captured eight members of La Familia Michoacana
Seven Bodies Found in Southern Mexico
Shooting Highlights Mexico City Airport as Hub for Drug Trade
Drug Cartels Exert Power in 68% of Mexico: Representative
Anti-Narco operation in Costa Rica; arrest 5 Gulf Cartel Members
Costa Rica Nabs Mexican Drug Kingpin
One Killed as Drug Plane Makes Forced Landing in Honduras
Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia
Fake rocks containing cocaine found in Chile
Paraguay rejects Venezuelan ambassador, furious over alleged meddling during Lugo impeachment
Colombian Soldiers Caught Carrying Hundreds of Kilos of Cocaine
Seven Police Officers Wounded and 450 Civilians Displaced by FARC Attack
10 Die in Crash in Brazil
Peru’s President Relieves 22 Generals
Three More Mining Engineers Kidnapped in Bolivia
Peru Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Mining Protests
11 Dead, 15 Injured in Traffic Accident in Southern Chile
Colombian Navy Rescues 16 from Shipwreck
Indians Burn Police Station in Brazil
On-duty Border Patrol agent dies in ATV accident near Fort Hancock
Father, son charged in shooting of ICE agent in Texas
Texas rolls out gunboats to combat violence spilling over river border with Mexico
Two agents report discharging weapons; Mexico says body found
Ex-CIA agent: Iranian sleeper cells are in America
“use contacts with Mexican and Latin American drug cartels to smuggle explosives and weapons into the U.S. …”
Shadow Wolves provide unique approach to law enforcement
Drug tunnel found in San Luis center
ICE Deports Child Trafficking Suspect to Brazil
More Mexicans requesting asylum
After murders, Mexican family seeks asylum in Texas
In California, immigration bill designed as the “anti-Arizona”
Amid U.S. unemployment crisis, illegal aliens sending even more money to Mexico
Drug cartels in America: Sinaloa cartel-linked cell busted in AZ
El Centro Border Patrol gathers ton of food for ‘Feds Feed Families’
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Locals to protest Mexican presidential election results
Chicago police tout seizure of 8 tons of marijuana
Feds: Woman crossing from Mexico into US swept into canal, now in coma
Unemployed Americans hurt by immigration order
Felon Apprehended in Casa Grande, Convicted and Sentenced to Prison
Traffic stop yields up to $47,000 in suspected drug money
U.S. Border Patrol Agents Nab Man Wanted by INTERPOL
CBP Officers Find Almost 10,000 Pounds of Marijuana in Cargo Shipments
57-year-old Yuma Resident Arrested for Smuggling Nearly $1.1 Million in Heroin
Tempe PD, DEA stop drug ring tied to Sinaloa Cartel
Feds seize bogus designer watch shipment at border
Man convicted in New Jersey of immigration fraud extradited to U.S. from India after fleeing to avoid prison
Guinea national sentenced to federal prison for failing to comply with order of supervision
Active gang member previously convicted of assault and illegal possession of a weapon
Why Human Trafficking Cases are Falling Through the Cracks
Class shows WNYers border patrol life
Citizens Academy teaches about border agents
NM state police finishing joint border operation
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