A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.
A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.
After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.
Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.
Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50-caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials.
34. Ponder that.
We’ll be talking about this in tonight’s podcast.
Kevin McCullough has more.
The hype for the proposed movie about El Chapo is rolling right along: we have already established that the whole thing was a movie deal under the guise of an interview, but the Daily Mail rolls out this beaut today.
So, is Sean Penn really a CIA agent? Body language expert reveals the truth behind El Chapo interview after studying actor during tell-all Charlie Rose chat
- CBS’ Charlie Rose sat down with Sean Penn for his first interview after publishing his Rolling Stone interview with El Chapo last week
- Susan Constantine, a body language expert, analyzed Penn’s interview and said he appears ‘passionate’ and ’emotional’
- She said: ‘It was as if almost he was holding back tears. He’s passionate about this’ in reference to a certain point of Penn’s interview with Rose
Let me clear this up: The guy’s an Oscar-winning actor, and he’s acting.
Here’s the transcript of the interview.
- Producer Anne Swaney, 39, arrived last Saturday to Nabatunich Resort, Benque Viejo in Belize
- She disappeared on Thursday after doing yoga by the Mopan River
- Swaney’s half-naked corpse was found floating on the river on Friday
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Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Peru fined over homophobic chants.
• Fifa takes action over chants during 2018 World Cup qualifying
• Chile’s fine is biggest at £48,000, for incidents at four games
“A day late and a dollar short”?
Venezuela decrees economic emergency
The Venezuelan government announces a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country’s worsening crisis.
Venezuela’s First Lady criticises America for ‘kidnapping’ her relatives and charging them with trafficking. Cilia Flores, wife of President Nicolas Maduro, has spoken for the first time about the arrest of her relatives on charges of plotting to traffic 800kg of cocaine into the United States
At first glance it may appear that we have gone from this,
But despair not. Back in his day. Al Capone, another world-famous criminal, was a gentleman of style.
In other Chapo news,
Definitely Real Texts Show What El Chapo Thinks of Sean Penn. Two words: not much. Instead, El Chapo had a crush on Kate del Castillo, star of La Reina del Sur.
“I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs.”
Even when we have already established that the whole thing was a movie deal under the guise of an interview:
Spanish and Argentinean producers also met ‘El Chapo,’ says Mexico. Official sources believe filmmakers went with Sean Penn to meet notorious drug lord. Apparently Sean Penn forgot to mention,
A Spanish and an Argentinean film producer accompanied actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo last October during their secret meeting with Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera, official sources in Mexico have revealed.
Spaniard José Ibáñez-Martín Pira and Argentinean Fernando Sulichin traveled to El Chapo’s hideout in the mountains of Durango state with the two stars to discuss the possibility of filming the drug lord’s story.
By now, the story is El Chapo, Episode III: The Farce Awakens
How can we describe this most recent episode in the saga of El Chapo? If history repeats itself as farce, what comes next? Perhaps the right word is gringada, a derogatory Mexican term applied to Hollywood movies that seem typically formulaic, sentimental, nationalistic and patriotic, usually idiotic, cynical and annoying in one way or another.
This, at least is how people on the Mexican side of the border have witnessed the third capture of the Sinaloa cartel capo Joaquín Guzmán Loera—known as El Chapo—the region’s most-wanted man, who previously escaped from Mexico’s reputedly most secure prison, six months ago, through a mile-long tunnel connected to the shower in his cell, and escaped from another prison, in 2001, in a way that is still not entirely clear. (Perhaps in a laundry cart?) This episode was, in fact, already something of a gringada even before the general ticket-buying public found out, in Rolling Stone, about Sean Penn’s visit, in October, with the Mexican telenovela actress Kate del Castillo, to El Chapo in his secret mountain hideaway. Already we had seen President Enrique Peña Nieto, with his in-the-sewer approval ratings, his government largely discredited by corruption scandals, economic crisis, and its inability to combat the corruption and impunity of Mexico’s political, military, and judicial establishments, celebrating the capture of his government’s public enemy No. 1 and tweeting “Mission Accomplished!” Photographs show the celebrating President beaming happily, like a little boy on Christmas morning. But, as in any good gringada, a victory that comes so early in the story can’t last. Mexicans and much of the international media pounced, criticizing and sometimes openly mocking the triumphalist rhetoric. For one thing, all this capture did was remind many of how El Chapo had humiliated the government by escaping the last time, and, of course, everyone knows that nothing in Mexico changed for the better—there was no significant reduction in violence, drug trafficking, or crime, there were no advances in fighting corruption —during the year the capo spent in prison.
El Chapo had quite a number of visitors during his hiding; Spain’s ABC reports that Mexican congresswoman Lucero Guadalupe López dropped by to celebrate New Year’s Eve. López is a member of the PAN and is rumored to have had an affair with El Chapo.
Jaime Bayly’s been getting a lot of mileage from the Chapo caper, including El Chapo’s erectile dysfunction surgery on the run. It seems that all that stress caught up with the father of ten (official) children.
Here are two Bayly shows from this week (in Spanish). Former drug trade criminal, now writer Andrés López López talks about his book, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán: El varón de la droga in the first one,
The book’s title matches nicely with the Colombian soap opera, Pablo Escobar, Patrón del Mal, which, after all, is what El Chapo is after.
Penn first met in person with El Chapo’s son under Chavista Cartel de los Soles protection in Venezuela’s Margarita Island.
El Chapo snuck out of the house during the Mexican Marines’ raid through a tunnel, bring us today’s Capt. Louis Renault moment:
‘El Chapo’ Nearly Foiled Capture With Another Tunnel. Mexican Marines took nearly 90 minutes to find the drug lord’s tunnel
Video published Monday by Mexican broadcaster Televisa revealed details of the secret tunnel used by Mr. Guzmán to slip away from marines as they stormed a house he was using in the coastal city of Los Mochis. He was arrested hours later trying to leave the city in a stolen car.
The tunnel was hidden behind a closet mirror, featured a secret switch hidden in the ceiling, and had electricity and wooden planks covering the walls, the images showed. Marines took nearly 90 minutes to find the tunnel and open the access, giving him a big head start.
Mr. Guzmán, the world’s most notorious drug lord and leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has a long history with tunnels. He is widely credited with pioneering the use of tunnels to ferry drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border, and used tunnels in recent years to elude capture as Mexico’s most-wanted criminal. He then famously used a mile-long tunnel to escape from prison last July.
Were he living, Dosto may have something to say on Chapo’s underground tendencies.
By now, shouldn’t Chapo (Shorty) be named El Topo (Mole)?
But I digress.
Anonymous Mexico released an embeddable version,
[El Chapo] fled through a secret door concealed by a mirror. He hid in a tunnel, until rainwater forced him out. An armed Guzman then stole a car, before finally being arrested.
As for Sean Penn’s October movie deal with El Chapo under the guise of an interview,
Penn agreed that El Chapo
would have the final edit of the resulting story.Penn also agreed not to alert authorities to the killer’s whereabouts
And it all comes down to this: Sean Penn Perpetuates Narco-Worship in a Blood-Stained Country
The main reason for the bloodshed in Mexico since the early part of 2000‘s comes from Guzman’s efforts to take control of the entire Northern Mexican border with the United States. While the expansion has been partly successful, the land-grab has resulted in thousands of deaths as rival cartels and former allies have at different times taken arms to protect their turf.
El Chapo’s attempt to take Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, led that massive drug trafficking corridor to become the Murder Capital of the world. The violence came when El Chapo’s forces clashed with the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Organization, also known as the Juarez Cartel.
Even before Juarez, El Chapo and his then allied the Beltran Leyva cartel had unsuccessfully tried to take over the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. That effort was met with a violent response from the Gulf Cartel and their enforcers Los Zetas. Gruesome executions and fierce clashes between convoys of gunmen became a regular sight.
Some maintain that, If Stupidity Were a Crime, Sean Penn Would Be the Fugitive. But see for yourself: you can read the interview (all nine thousand words) here. (Related: The Trouble With Sean Penn’s Chapo Interview)
But back to the underground,
I don’t agree with the stupidity part; Penn reportedly first met in person with El Chapo’s son under Chavista protection in Venezuela’s Ranchos de Chana resort at Margarita Island, according to Spanish journalist Emili Blasco (in Spanish), The meeting allegedly was sponsored by former chief of intelligence general Hugo Carvajal (a.k.a. El Pollo), who was indicted in the U.S. District Court accusing Carvajal of coordinating the transport of 5,600 kilos (6.17 tons) of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico. Carvajal is a member of Venezuela’s Cartel de los Soles, which sells drugs to the Sinaloa Cartel.
As I mentioned in July 2014,
Spanish journalist Emili Blasco reports that Carvajal allegedly “was in charge of procuring the drugs from the FARC and controlled the distribution process in the U.S. and Europe, along with laundering the drug money through PDVSA,” the government-owned oil company. Carvajal also is under investigation for his role on the attacks to the Colombian consulate and the Jewish center in Caracas.
Blasco reported in yesterday’s ABC that Venezuela security sources conveyed the information regarding the presence of El Chapo’s children to U.S. authorities, and that the Mexican government also would have been told.
Blasco mentions that DEA sources claim that El Chapo had visited Venezuela in August/September last year.
Right now El Chapo is back at the prison where he escaped from last year; According to Mexican officials, El Chapo’s extradition process could take at least a year.
Linked to by Ed Morrissey. Thank you!
UPDATE: It was a movie deal disguised as an interview.
Mexican authorities couldn’t find El Chapo, but Rolling Stone Mag could, and sent Sean Penn to interview him in his jungle hideout,
and interview Sean did,
for seven hours,
in the jungle.
Yes, the Sean Penn.
I kid you not:
The seven hours Mr. Guzmán spent with Mr. Penn, and the follow-up interviews by phone and video, which began in October while he was on the run from the Mexican and American authorities, marked another surreal turn in his long-running battle to evade Mexican and American authorities. Mr. Guzmán, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, who had twice escaped jail, was captured in his home state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico on Friday after a gun battle with the authorities.
El Chapo sang like a bird,
It also marks a stark admission that he has operated a drug empire. Interviewed by a group of reporters in 1993 after a previous arrest, Mr. Guzmán denied that he engaged in drug dealing. “I’m a farmer,” he said, listing his produce as corn and beans. He denied that he used weapons or had a significant funds.
Read the whole thing.
And then try to understand why I find most fiction dull at this point.
El Chapo had approval power on the final version of the Rolling Stone piece. https://t.co/WW0tZz5eD1
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) January 10, 2016
Hey, you can bet your PowerBall ticket there’s a film script in the works.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) January 10, 2016
Trending on Memeorandum.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto,
“Mission accomplished: we’ve got him. I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been captured.”
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
The news brought El Universal’s website down as of the writing of this post.
More details later.
Sinaloa’s El Debate (link in Spanish) reports that Mexican Marines captured El Chapo at dawn today following a fire fight during a raid at a residence in the city of Los Mochis. One officer was wounded but is now out of danger.
An earlier report states the raid was in pursuit of Orso Ivan Gastelum Cruz, a.k.a El Cholo, alleged crime boss of the North Sinaloa area, and that there were 5 dead, six arrested.
— ChuckGoudie (@ChuckGoudieABC7) January 8, 2016
Peña Nieto has scheduled a press conference for 2:30pm local time (3:30 Eastern)
In a lighter mode,
— Undefinable Charly.. (@CharlyValMi) January 8, 2016
Will the third capture be the charm?
Univision reported that a plane carrying El Chapo arrived in Mexico City by 3:45 local time.
After a 45 minute delay, Peña Nieto’s self-congratulatory speech did not touch the question of whether El Chapo be deported to the U.S.