Archive for January, 2017
Latinos and community members in Milwaukee are invited to attend an upcoming gathering to launch an organization aimed to empower the community at large.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 28, 2017
Waukegan, Illinois – On Friday, founding members of the Movimiento de Inmigrantes en Acción (MIA), Mary Ann Galicia, Mauricio Galicia, H. Nelson Goodson, Ernesto Nava and Louie Villeda officially announced the creation of MIA for the purpose to empower the Latino community and built a united voice including leadership among those participating. MIA will be a unique community base organization dependent on community imput and collaboration with other groups in the Milwaukee area and nationally who are dedicated to empower the community and create leadership among members of the community including the youth.
MIA will address issues through active community membership participation and discussions for the purpose to achieve equal access to justice, immigration reform, community safety, education and support of DREAMers.
The project model is known a 777, which a membership fee of $7.77 will be accepted to generate community funding for tactical and strategic spending to promote the goals of set organization.
For more information, anyone interested in participating in the empowerment of their community through civic action is invited to attend a gathering on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gran Teocali, 2011 W. Forest Home Ave. in Milwaukee, WI.
Special guest will be Raúl Ventura Ortiz, radio talk host for Radio Latina 5.0., 1500 AM Radio, which has a listening audience of more than 500,000 on a combine coverage in Facebook, social media and Internet programing in the U.S., Mexico, South and Central America.
For more info, check out Radio Latina 5.0 programing of MIA announcement at http://goo.gl/9FTunF
Voces de la Frontera is recommending for applicants not to currently seek a Milwaukee Municipal ID because any information provided by undocumented immigrants on the ID application could be made available to the Trumpnazi immigration feds, since it becomes public record.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 28, 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Friday, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) warned undocumented immigrants seeking a Milwaukee Municipal ID to wait from applying for one until arrangements are made with the City of Milwaukee to keep their ID application information private and not made available to the Trumpnazi immigration feds. VDLF is working along with a coalition of groups to privatize the information provided to the City of Milwaukee when applying for a municipal ID.
On Saturday, at a general assembly meeting for VDLF, Alderman José Pérez confirmed that the City of Milwaukee will not file on record which documents were used by ID applicants on their applications due that they are public records. Ald. Pérez says, the City of Milwaukee will follow public records laws, but ID applications will only show that the ID recipients proved who they are and that they are Milwaukee residents.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn also spoke at the VDLF meeting and confirmed that police will not enforce federal immigration laws as Trumpnazi has ordered. The Milwaukee immigrant community will also enjoy the same police services and protection as part of the residents in the City. Chief Flynn says, the Municipal ID’s will be accepted as a form of identification and police will not be allowed to question the immigration status of any citizen.
Trumpnazi signed an executive order to continue mass deportations, ban sanctuary cities in the U.S. and to make it a federal criminal offense for helping or aiding an undocumented immigrant.
Trumpnazi vowed to withhold federal funding to cities that allow sanctuary status to protect immigrants from unjust acts by the feds. It is illegal for Trumpnazi to order any withholding of federal funds from cities simply because they won’t comply with his illegal acts. The ACLU confirmed that they are ready to file a federal lawsuit against Trumpnazi, if he attempts to withhold any federal funding to sanctuary cities.
California in response to the Trumpnazi threats to withhold federal funding for supporting sanctuary cities is looking into options to withhold all tax contributions to the federal government as well. California is a large tax contributor to the federal government and receives very minimal funding from the feds.
Sarasosa County Deputy Eugene Bybee charged with attempted murder, grand theft, forgery and burglary involving a 79-year-old woman.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 25, 2017
Sarasosa, Florida – On Monday, Sarasosa County Sheriff Tom Knight announced the arrest of Sarasosa County Deputy Frankie Eugene Bybee, 46, an 18-year sheriff’s office employee assigned to the Patrol Bureau, after allegations of harassment led to a criminal investigation and subsequent felony charges, according to a press release. The investigation began on December 20, 2016, and thanks to a team of dedicated detectives, the allegations were quickly and thoroughly reviewed, ultimately leading to Bybee’s arrest. Deputy Bybee was booked at the Sarasosa County jail and is facing the following charges:
• Exploitation of the Elderly
• Petit Theft – Forgery
• 2 counts of Grand Theft
• Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling
• Battery On a Victim 65 Years or Older
• Attempted Murder.
A judge set Bybee’s bond at $1,033,120.00. He is scheduled for arraignment on February 24th.
Because Bybee has been employed at the sheriff’s office for more than 18 years, both the internal affairs and criminal investigations into Bybee’s actions will remain open to allow for additional victims to come forward.
“The community should know that the actions of Mr. Bybee are in no way reflective of the nearly 1,000 other men and women who serve the public with honor and integrity,” said Sheriff Knight. “It is beyond unacceptable that an individual who works in a position of trust and guardianship to their community, is capable of such heinous crimes. His actions are a disgrace not only to our agency but to law enforcement professionals everywhere. As soon as we learned of these allegations, we took quick action to begin an investigation and in moving forward, will continue to look at the totality of this case. Now that he is off our streets and behind bars, we will let the criminal justice system will take its course.”
According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Bybee’s actions were first called into question on December 20, 2016, after the 79-year-old woman reported that Bybee was harassing her. An Internal Affairs (IA) investigation quickly revealed that Bybee befriended the victim after responding to her home for a call for service on October 21, 2016. Bybee began making regular visits to the victim’s home while on- and off-duty, and also introduced the victim to several members of his family.
As the investigation began, officials learned that Bybee took possession of the victim’s dog while she was hospitalized and received a check for $1,000, in the event that the dog had any medical needs while the victim was away. Bybee deposited the money into his personal bank account and later told detectives that he “rehomed” the dog on Craigslist. The victim told detectives that Bybee only had permission to watch the dog while she was away and was not entitled to keep or sell it. Bybee initiated a relationship with the victim for both his personal and financial gain.
On January 9, 2017, an envelope addressed to Bybee was delivered to the agency’s main office, located at 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Within the envelope, detectives seized four checks belonging to the victim, made out to Bybee and his three children for a total of $65,000. When shown the checks, the victim stated she did not address or sign them. Bybee was immediately placed on administrative leave. A forensic analysis led latent print examiners to the discovery of Bybee’s fingerprint on one of the checks.
Three days later, on January 12, patrol deputies were called to the victim’s home where she reported Bybee entered her unlocked front door while wearing dark clothing and blue latex gloves. Bybee mounted the victim and while holding her down, forced prescription medication in her mouth, causing lacerations and abrasions to her face, and bruising to her body. The victim lost consciousness and when she awoke, summoned help. It was determined that her home filled with carbon monoxide after the internal door to her garage was left open and her car was left running. The investigation revealed that Deputy Bybee attempted to kill the victim and make it appear to be a suicide.
On April 2015, Deputy Bybee filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Knight including Conley RV Inc. after he was demoted from detective, according to the Herald-Tribune. The Herald-Tribune reported, that Deputy Bybee alleged in the lawsuit that he was demoted from detective to patrol deputy in 2014 after speaking poorly of Conley RV Inc. in a TV interview concerning his RV, which was left unlucked and was damaged at Conley RV Inc. Bybee contends that Knight was contacted by the Conleys – who he claims are political supporters of Knight – and that they conspired to punish him.
“A political supporter has been vilified in the public eye with truthful information that Frank gave about how his RV was mishandled,” Bybee’s attorney, Craig Berman, told the Herald-Tribune. “That’s why (Knight) came down so hard on Frank.”
Bybee was seeking payment for damages of more than $15,000 in the civil suit filed against Knight, Jeffrey Conley, Roger Conley and Conley RV Inc., according to the Herald-Tribune report.
“Wisconsin Works for Everyone” Unveiled By Governor Walker To Extend Work Requirements For People Receiving FoodShare And Housing Assistance
Governor Walker’s proposal extends “work requirements for those able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving FoodShare, as well as to able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance.”
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 23, 2017
Madison, WI – On Monday, Governor Scott Walker (R) announced in a press release that a proposal will extend work requirements for able-bodied people on state public assistance. Governor Walker introduced the “Wisconsin Works for Everyone,” a welfare reform package expanding upon initiatives enacted into law by Governor Tommy Thompson in 1996. Walker is promoting his proposal in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire, and Madison and will also be joined by Governor Thompson in Madison.
“Wisconsin Works for Everyone, like Governor Thompson’s original W-2 initiative, is based on the fundamental principle that work is dignifying and connects individuals to society and to its values,” said Governor Walker. “We believe our public assistance programs should ask able-bodied adults to take steps toward self-sufficiency through work, while also providing comprehensive tools to help them get and keep a job. The Wisconsin Works for Everyone proposal we’re introducing today includes reforms to ensure that programs serve as springboards to self-sufficiency, not just mechanisms for alleviating material hardship.”
Wisconsin Works for Everyone, which will be included in Governor Walker’s budget proposal this coming February, seeks to extend work requirements to able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving FoodShare, as well as to able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance. Just like Governor Thompson’s reforms, these initial changes would take place on a pilot basis.“In 1996, I was proud to lead a national movement to transform welfare as we knew it in Wisconsin,” Governor Thompson said. “Our W-2 reform was a resounding success, and Governor Walker is promoting a natural continuation of those efforts today. I have no doubt Wisconsin Works for Everyone will help break the cycle of dependence on government programs here in Wisconsin and serve as an example of successful reform for states throughout the nation.”
Governor Walker’s full proposal will increase investment in job and skills training for the unemployed and underemployed, reduce barriers to work and increased earnings, and expand programs that incentivize employment. Where flexibility is needed, it will also aggressively seek federal waivers under a new incoming administration to encourage work and enhance self-sufficiency, including to pilot work requirements for working-age, able-bodied adults receiving housing vouchers.
As part of the proposal, job training programs will be significantly expanded for the unemployed or underemployed receiving FoodShare, the incarcerated and ex-offenders, and low-income noncustodial parents involved in the child support system.
Additionally, barriers to work will be addressed through reforms that reduce occupational licensing and eliminate the benefits cliff in child care subsidies, which can leave families financially worse off if they take a raise or work more hours. Barriers to work would also be eliminated for those enrolled in the Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP), by removing the premium cliff as people transition into earning more income.
Wisconsin Works for Everyone will also expand programs that incentivize and reward employment by establishing an earned-income tax credit groups who often struggle to connect with work, including young adults aging out of foster care, as well as those who exit the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) child disability program at age 18.
“This set of initiatives is focused on helping those disconnected from employment realize their potential in the workforce,” Governor Walker added. “We have every intention of leading the nation when it comes to helping people create better lives for themselves and their families through work, just like Governor Thompson. Looking forward, we will take every opportunity to facilitate our citizens’ success in Wisconsin’s workforce.”
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (R) released the following statement on his Facebook account, “Nearly 21 Years ago, I signed the transformative Wisconsin Works (W-2) into law. W-2 became the blueprint for welfare reform adopted by states across our country, and was eventually used as the model for the federal effort signed into law by President Clinton. Today, I was honored to join Governor Scott Walker for a press conference in the State Capital, as he looks to build upon the proud legacy of W-2 with Wisconsin Works for Everyone. Wisconsin Works for Everyone will be a part of the coming budget embracing the belief that everyone wants to work, and helps tear down barriers, while providing key assistance in areas like housing, child care, offender reentry, employer resource networks.”
Governor Walker is also working to get able-bodied people in any type of state public assistance to take a drug test so, that they can get back into the work force in good health. Walker has been criticized for not creating jobs, which offer a competitive living wage, especially for people with dependent children on some type of public assistance.
Walker and the Republican controlled legislature are not in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour to provide an affordable living wage for state residents in poverty.
If state public assistance recipients fail to meet the new extended work requirements, they will be removed from the FoodShare and housing assistance programs, according to Walker.
Both Trump and Pence were sworned into office.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 20, 2017
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President and Mike Pence, the 48th Vice-President of the U.S. Soon after taking office, thousands of people began to stage protests against the anticipated Trump agenda throughout the country.
Trump’s speech was focused on America First, law enforcement and patriotism similar to Adolf Hitler’s patriotic speech when he became a Nazi government leader. Trump didn’t mention equality of rights nor a health care plan for everyone including the mass deportations and border wall that he promised while on the campaign trail.
Jill Stein, the Presidential candidate for the Green Party says, that Trump promised to return power to the people on his Presidential speech, but his Cabinet appointments shows that the power now rests not on the lobbyists, but to the CEO’s themselves. Trump promised to drain the swamp, but he has now flooded the swamp with bankers, Corporate CEO’s, Wall Street executives and the military who will be running the country. He said that our wealth and jobs were stolen by foreign countries, but in fact it is the economic elite and multi-corporations around the world that are stealing all of our wealth and jobs, water, climate and our future.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Dem.-Vermont) stated, “Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans including myself. Our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair, not to give up, but in fact to fight back as effectively and as vigorously as we can. Our job is to keep our eyes on the prize, and the prize is that we will continue fighting for a government that represents all of us and not just the 1% (who own most the U.S. wealth). We’re going to go forward in the fight for economic, social, environmental and racial justice. That’s who we are. That’s what we’re going to do. We are not giving up…We must vigorously defend DACA and the young people in that program. We must continue the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.”
Trump’s new American Gestapo type policy http://bit.ly/2kaXo53
Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community
One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.
The Trump Administration is committed to reducing violent crime. In 2015, homicides increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. There were thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.
Our country needs more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.
Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.
Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.
President Trump is committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.
Supporting law enforcement also means deporting illegal aliens with violent criminal records who have remained within our borders.
It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and President Donald Trump will fight for the safety of every American, and especially those Americans who have not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time.
The following is Trump’s full speech during his inauguration;
“Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.”
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
“Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
“We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
“Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
“Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
“Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
“Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
“That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
“It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
“This is your day. This is your celebration.
“And this, the United States of America, is your country.
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
“January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
“Everyone is listening to you now.
“You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
“At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
“Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
“These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
“But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
“We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
“Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
“We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
“And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
“We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
“One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
“But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
“I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
“America will start winning again, winning like never before.
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
“We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
“We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
“We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
“We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
“The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
“We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
“When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
“There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
“We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
“Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
“In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
“The time for empty talk is over.
“Now arrives the hour of action.
“Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
“We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
“We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
“A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
“It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
“And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
“You will never be ignored again.
“Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
“Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
“We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
“We Will Make America Proud Again.
“We Will Make America Safe Again.
“And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.”
Feds Indicted Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera With 17-counts For Dr ug Trafficking, Organized Crime, Murder, Weapons And Money Laundering
Guzmán Loera is facing two consecutive life term sentences, if convicted on all federal charges, according to feds.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 20, 2017
Brooklyn, New York – On Friday, Joaquín Archivaldo “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, 59, was arraigned on a 17-count superseding indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in a federal court in Brooklyn. If convicted on all counts, Guzmán Loera is facing two consecutive life term sentences in a federal prison. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan. Following his extradition on Thursday to the United States on related charges filed in the Western District of Texas and Southern District of California, the Mexican government approved a request by the United States to proceed with prosecution on the charges filed against Guzmán Loera in the Eastern District of New York on May 11, 2016 as long as he wouldn’t face the death penalty, according to a joint press release by Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers of the Eastern District of New York; U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida; Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Assistant Director In Charge William F. Sweeney of the FBI New York Field Office: U.S. Marshal Charles G. Dunne of the Eastern District of New York U.S. Marshals Service and Commissioner of the New York City Police Department James P. O’Neill.
The charges in the indictment filed against Guzmán Loera in the Eastern District of New York will be prosecuted jointly by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Brooklyn and Miami and the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of the Criminal Division.
The federal indictment alleges that between January 1989 and December 2014, Guzmán Loera led a continuing criminal enterprise responsible for importing into the United States and distributing massive amounts of illegal narcotics and conspiring to murder persons who posed a threat to Guzmán Loera’s narcotics enterprise.
Guzmán Loera is also charged with using firearms in relation to his drug trafficking and money laundering relating to the bulk smuggling from the United States to Mexico of more than $14 billion in cash proceeds from narcotics sales throughout the United States and Canada. As part of this investigation, nearly 200,000 kilograms of cocaine linked to the Sinaloa Cartel have been seized. The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits.
“Guzmán Loera is accused of using violence, including torture and murder, to maintain an iron-fisted grip on the drug trade across the U.S./Mexico border that invaded our community and others across the country,” said U.S. Attorney Capers. “As a result, Guzmán Loera made billions of illicit dollars. This prosecution demonstrates that we will apply all available resources to dismantle the leadership of dangerous drug cartels, wherever they operate, and will not rest until we have done so.”
“Guzmán Loera is accused of terrorizing communities all over the world,” said U.S. Attorney Ferrer. “With this prosecution we stand united, with our domestic and foreign partners, in our fight against transnational criminal organizations that profit billions of dollars off of the toxic spread of illicit drugs in our global communities. Today’s announcement demonstrates that international borders do not protect narcotics traffickers from criminal prosecution. We will continue to work together to combat narco-trafficking and the cartels that infect our streets, with the long-arm of the law.”
As detailed in the superseding indictment and other court filings, Guzmán Loera and Ismael Zambada Garcia, as leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, conspired to import more than 200 metric tons of cocaine into the United States. The Sinaloa Cartel shared drug transportation routes and obtained drugs from various Colombian drug trafficking organizations, in particular, the Colombian Norte del Valle Cartel, the Don Lucho Organization, and the Cifuentes-Villa Organization. The cocaine was transported from Colombia via planes, boats, and submarines into ports the enterprise controlled in Southern Mexico and other locations throughout Central America. From there, it was shipped through Mexico to distribution hubs in the United States.
As one of the principal leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Guzmán Loera allegedly also oversaw the cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana smuggling activities by the Sinaloa Cartel to wholesale distributors in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York, as well as in various locations in Arizona, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The billions of dollars generated from drug sales in the United States were then clandestinely transported back to Mexico.
To evade law enforcement and protect the enterprise’s narcotics distribution activities, Guzmán Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel allegedly employed various means including the use of “sicarios,” or hit men, who carried out hundreds of acts of violence in Mexico, including murder, to collect drug debts, silence potential witnesses, and prevent public officials from taking action against the cartel. To intimidate and eliminate his rivals, during the Sinaloa Cartel’s internecine war for territory with the Juarez Cartel from approximately 2007 through 2011, Guzmán Loera directed these assassins to kill thousands of drug trafficking competitors, during which many of his victims were beheaded.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea Goldbarg, Hiral Mehta, Patricia Notopoulos, Gina Parlovecchio and Michael Robotti from the Eastern District of New York; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam Fels, Lynn Kirkpatrick and Kurt Lunkenheimer from the Southern District of Florida; and Trial Attorneys Amanda Liskamm, Anthony Nardozzi and Michael Lang of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section.
The case was investigated by the DEA, ICE and the FBI, in cooperation with Mexican and Colombian law enforcement authorities. Substantial assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of California, and the District of New Hampshire. The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs also provided assistance in bringing Guzmán Loera to the United States to face charges. The investigative efforts in this case were coordinated with the Department of Justice’s Special Operations Division, comprising agents, analysts, and attorneys from the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, DEA, FBI, ICE, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and the New York State Police, according to the joint press release by Acting U.S. Attorney General Yates and others.
El Chapo Detention memo (PDF): http://bit.ly/2jhHwtv
El Chapo Indictment (PDF): http://bit.ly/2j4Fi2K
The Sinaloa drug lord was taken to a federal holding facility in New York to face an indictment for drug trafficking and money laundering.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 19, 2017
New York City, New York – On Thursday, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, 62, the Sinaloa Cartel drug lord was extradited to the U.S. from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Mexico, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). Guzmán Loera was transported by U.S. federal agents from the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service to New York where he will face a federal judge for an indictment accusing Guzmán Loera of drug trafficking, torture, organized crime, murder and money laundering. If convicted on all counts, Guzmán Loera is facing up to life in a federal prison.
The U.S. Department of Justice says that Guzmán Loera is charged with 6 different federal indictments throughout the U.S. Guzmán Loera will be booked and processed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison in Manhattan, New York.
According to the Mexican federal Assistant Attorney General Alberto Elías Beltran, Guzmán Loera after completing his sentence, once convicted in the U.S., he will be deported back to Mexico where Guzmán Loera has 10 federal cases pending against him for money laundering, organized crime and drug trafficking. Beltran confirmed that Guzmán Loera was turned over to U.S. federal authorities around 3:25 p.m. at the International Airport in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX and immediately flown to the U.S.
Guzmán Loera was taken into custody in the city of Los Mochis in the state of Sinaloa in January 2016 by Mexican military police.
A $5M reward was offered by the U.S. and $3M by the Mexican government. The U.S. filed an extradition request for Guzmán Loera with the Mexican government. Guzmán Loera had been held at the federal Altiplano prison where he previously escaped from and in May 2016 was transferred to a prison in Juarez where he awaited for the extradition process to take its course. A Mexican federal judge on Thursday denied Guzmán Loera’s final attempt to avoid extradition to the U.S., according to Mexican authorities.