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Why Is Mexico Not Seizing More Assets Linked To Sinaloa Druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

November 30, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Why Is Mexico Not Seizing More Assets Linked To Sinaloa Druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

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Concern is starting to mount in Mexico over why the government is not willing to seize more of considerable assets belonging to the Sinaloa cartel drug barron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

This despite the Mexican authorities recent announcement that they have confiscated 11 planes, eight vehicles and six houses belonging to Guzmán in the past five months.

However, many law enforcement officials say the seizures are just a tiny fraction of Guzmán’s holdings in Mexico.

The transnational drug organization takes in billions of dollars every year from the trafficking of illicit narcitics into the US and other markets worldwide.

The drug lord reportedly uses million dollars every month just to bribe police officers and government officials who help maintain the location of his hideout and operations a closely guarded secret.

The USA Today reported the problem with the lack of aggression for going after more of El Chapo’s assets result are weak Mexican laws regarding asset forfeitures.

One major hurdle is a 2009 law that was meant to give authorities broader powers to seize drug cartel members’ assets. Instead, the law allows only the attorney general — as opposed to local prosecutors — to confiscate assets, meaning that federal authorities are overburdened and cases routinely slip through the net. The overall result is far fewer successfully prosecuted cases against organized crime — a total of 43 in the past six years in Mexico.

Colombia University scholar, Lawyer and criminologist Edgardo Buscaglia said to the Mexican Senate, “Mexico is a weak state that has yet to form a political will around the implementation of such laws.”

Antonio Mazzitelli, Latin American representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told USA Today, “Attacking criminal groups financially by pursuing the properties and firms that provide them with financial and logistical support is an essential part of the fight against organized crime.” However, Mexican law requires property owners to be sentenced before authorities can take their assets.

El Chapo escaped from a maximum security Mexican prison in mid-July 2013 after only 16 months in captivity. He had been a fugitive for 13 years prior to being captured in Mazatlan, Mexico in February 2014. Authorities currently have no idea where Guzmán is hiding.

Mexico Seizes Fraction of El Chapo’s Assets, Backs Off From Taking More – Breitbart Texas

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