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Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman plotted to spring Sinaloa operative from Arizona federal prison

May 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman plotted to spring Sinaloa operative from Arizona federal prison

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In 1995, Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as “El Chapo” who twice escaped from prison, had plotted to spring a top Sinaloa cartel operative out of a federal lockup in Tuscon, Arizona.

The explosive allegations are part of a 79-count federal indictment filed in the District Court of Southern California, charging Guzman with racketeering, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

Documents reveal that Guillermo Saillez Cuervo, a top operator for ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was sent to the Florence Correctional Facility in Tuscon, Arizona after a judge had sentenced him to 19 years in prison for a drug trafficking indictment.

According to Mexico’s leading newspaper El Universal, the escape plot was thwarted thanks in part to phone intercepts by the DEA.

Agents had picked up Arturo Guzman, El Chapo’s little brother, and co-conspirator discussing how a key figure within the Sinaloa Cartel had contacts at the Florence Correctional Center who could arrange an escape for Saillez.

The man tasked with coordinating the brazen jailbreak plot is a Mexican attorney named Umberto Loya-Castro, a close Guzman confidant, described as a shadowy figure with deep ties to the upper echelons of leadership within the Sinaloa criminal organization.

Loya-Castro had previously helped Arturo Guzman escape from a prison in Mexico back 1991 by bribing a top police official with a million dollar payoff, just days before he was scheduled for extradition to the U.S.

Also, the attorney arranged bribes to law enforcement officials in Mexico so the Sinaloa Cartel could freely move drug shipments coming in from Colombia into the United States.

Aside from the escape plot, the indictment out of San Diego also details the very first allegations of drug trafficking against Guzman, dating back to 1990 when he started smuggling drugs on airplanes through a company called Aeros Ejectivos Poblanos.

Federal prosecutors further alleged that El Chapo had smuggled multi-ton quantities of narcotics using various means including cross-border tunnels, hidden in cans of chili peppers and even concealed drugs in rolls of chicken wire.

Additionally, the federal prosecutors detailed in the indictment how the cartel kingpin used stash houses located in Los Angeles and throughout various Texas cities to store the large shipments of narcotics smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.

Prosecutors have also accused Guzman of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars of illicit proceeds back to Mexico made from the sale of narcotics in the U.S.

The indictment prompted U.S. authorities to submit an official request for Guzman’s extradition to California in June 2015, the month before the drug lord’s famous escape from the Altiplano maximum security detention center located near Mexico City.

Guzman has been the subject of widespread speculation after Mexican authorities abruptly transferred him last weekend from the Altiplano Prison to the Cerfreso No. 9 prison in Ciudad Juarez, situated just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

The sudden move comes in the wake of a recent decision issued by a Mexican federal court. As JammedUp News first reported, a federal judge last week ruled that El Chapo’s extradition to California could move forward.

The Attorney General in Mexico has now referred the case to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who has 20 days to analyze the request by U.S. authorities submitted under the International Extradition Act and approve his possible transfer to the San Diego.

Guzman’s legal team has launched a litany of appeals fighting extradition to the U.S.

El Chapo also has pending indictments in the District Courts of Western Texas in El Paso, New York’s Southern District in Manhattan, the Northern District of Illinois, New Hampshire and in the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

However, Legal experts say the strongest indictment against Guzman comes out of New York’s Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, where he faces racketeering, drug trafficking, weapons violations, money laundering and several murders charges.

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