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Mexican authorities denies release of Mexican drug lord “El Cholo Ivan”

October 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities denies release of Mexican drug lord “El Cholo Ivan”

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Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has dismissed a recent report suggesting that top Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant Orso Iván Gastélum Avila, alias “El Cholo Ivan,” who was the security chief for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was almost allowed to leave a maximum security prison.

Authorities arrested Guzman along with Gastélum Avila back on January 8th during a pre-dawn raid in the seaside city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa after spending six months on the lam following his July 2015 prison escape from a maximum security prison located west of Mexico City.

According to Federal authorities, when El Chapo escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison, “El Cholo Ivan” was one of the main operators in charge of the construction of the tunnel.

A federal judge in Mexico reportedly had ordered the release of high-ranking cartel operative citing a lack of evidence on organized crime-related charges.

Columnist Loret de Mola published the report in Mexico’s national newspaper El Universal,  was about to star in another scandalous embarrassment for the federal government: He was released and walked out of the Cefereso #9 maximum security prison in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.”

Since May, ‘El Chapo” has remained in Juarez as he fights his impending extradition to the United States where he’s wanted for multiple offenses related to drug trafficking in several U.S. jurisdictions.

However, Gustavo Salas Chávez, the Deputy Attorney for Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO), denied the report that he was allowed to walk out of prison on Friday, saying: “He is not and has not been held in the maximum security prison of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.”

Although the top Mexican prosecutor did admit that “El Cholo Ivan” had in fact obtained a release order from a judge on October 14th for murder, organized crime, and weapons charges, officials said the Attorney General immediately appealed the judge’s ruling.

Additionally, Salas Chávez said Gastélum Avila “legally could not have left the prison where he’s being held, while various criminal processes remain pending sentence.”

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