Sunday, February 25, 2024

Merry Christmas from Sinaloa Cartel’s ex-security chief

Some residents of Sinaloa had a happy Christmas thanks — evidently — to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Dozens of trucks turned up last week in several rural towns in the municipalities of Salvador Alvarado and Mocorito and delivered holiday gift baskets.

Wrapped in clear plastic, the baskets came with a card bearing a short message: “Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from your friend Cholo Iván.”

A similar distribution of gifts took place three months ago in the town of Ranchito, Angostura.

Victims of the Tropical Storm 19E received food supplies, mattresses, stoves and other appliances bearing a logo consisting of a black baseball cap with the initials JGL written in gold.

The donation of the disaster relief supplies has been attributed to the former chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as “El Chapo.”

“El Cholo Iván” is Orso Iván Gastélum Cruz, identified as the Sinaloa Cartel’s former chief lieutenant and security boss. He was arrested with Guzmán in January 2016 and has been behind bars since.

But it appears his influence still reaches far on his former turf in Sinaloa.

Source: El Universal (sp)

An Indigenous woman in San Cristóbal de las Casas

The week in photos from Mexico: Mexicali to San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Take a visual tour of the country with this selection of photos highlighting the events of the week in Mexico, from the everyday to the exceptional.
Police stand guard around the scene of a crash, with a damaged car and motorcycle

Guerrero’s warring organized crime groups reported to have reached a truce

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The truce comes a week after four Catholic bishops met with cartel leaders in an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a ceasefire between the two crime groups.

Mexican Navy seizes 672 kilograms of cocaine off Oaxaca coast

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A seizure of nearly 700 kilos of cocaine was carried out by the Navy on Thursday in a high-speed drug bust at sea.