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MondayAugust 13, 2012

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Violent and Deadly Weekend for Puerto Rico

Violent and Deadly Weekend for Puerto Rico

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Eighteen people, among them a U.S. military veteran, were murdered last weekend in Puerto Rico, raising the murder count on the island so far this year to 595, police said Monday.

The death count included a triple murder that occurred last Friday in the San Juan suburb of Caguas, authorities said.

The victims were identified as Kelvin Ramos del Valle, 18; Oscar Carrasquillo Figueroa, 26; and Cristian de Jesus Egea, a 31-year-old veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Several people were wounded in the shootout and police identified them as Luis Polo Oyola, Abimelet Cotto Torres and Alberto Vazquez Carrasquillo.

Three armed men wearing masks and bullet-proof vests got out of a vehicle and began firing at the people who were gathered near a business, according to authorities.

The 595 murders so far this year in the U.S. commonwealth is more than 100 fewer than had occurred by this time last year, when the death count stood at 708.

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POLL:  Majority of Americans Put Border Control Before Legalizing the Undocumented

Most voters continue as they have for years to put border control ahead of legalizing the illegal immigrants already in this country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters think gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living here. Thirty-five percent (35%) put legalizing the status of undocumented workers first.

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 6-7, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Blog del Narco: Decapitated Body Found in Pieces in Sinaloa (Warning Gruesome Photos)

Blog del Narco: Decapitated Body Found in Pieces in Sinaloa (Warning Gruesome Photos)

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A decapitated body was torn apart and thrown into different parts of the city was found during the early hours of Sunday.

Authorities got a call warning that in several areas of town, unknown persons threw body parts from a moving vehicle.

Police inspecting the areas, found at the intersection of the Avenue and Street Almada, Colonia Centro, in front of the statue a human torso with a knife that was marked “R653”.

On the same street Jorge Almada, but the corner of Benito Juarez, the head was found. Continuing on Juarez, on par with Madero, authorities found one arm and the other one in Juarez and Obregon.

Favela as Margarito Lopez Lenci, 18 years old, was determined to be the identity of the dismembered body that was scattered through several streets of this city.
At about nine o’clock on Sunday the family came forward to identify the remains.

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Julio Iglesias wraps Spanish Tour at Marbella’s Starlite Festival

Julio Iglesias wraps Spanish Tour at Marbella’s Starlite Festival

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Singer Julio Iglesias gave the last concert on his Spanish tour at the Starlite Festival here in this resort city on the Costa del Sol.

The curtain went up at 10:15 p.m. Sunday on the artist singing “Amor, Amor,” followed by “Natalie” and “La Gota Fria” (The Drop of Cold), before a packed audience some 3,000 strong, mainly older people from the Spanish-speaking world, the organization told Efe.

The world’s most famous Spanish-speaking artist offered his fans in Marbella a repertoire of greatest hits from his 43-year career of singing in different languages, notably Spanish, English and French.

Iglesias asked the audience to put their “hands up” to sing “My Sweet Lord,” and though they didn’t sing along, they did clap to the rhythm of the music.

With “Me Va, Me Va” (I Like It, I Like It), he brought the audience to its feet and dancing down the aisles and into the orchestra pit, a space soon crowded with fans taking advantage of the chance to take photos of the artist with their iPhones and take pictures of themselves with the singer in the background.

Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, has won a Grammy Award and an American Music Award, and has been honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

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U.S. Bringing Innovation Delegation to Brazil to Promote Sustainable Urban Environments

U.S. Bringing Innovation Delegation to Brazil to Promote Sustainable Urban Environments

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On August 15-17, the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston will lead an Innovation Delegation of entrepreneurs, educators and technology leaders to Brazil to explore investment opportunities around sustainable urban environments in coordination with the Office of Innovation.

On August 15, Special Representative Balderston and delegates will travel to Brasilia to meet with Brazilian government officials and trade association leaders to discuss opportunities for partnership to promote innovation and sustainable urban development in Brazil. Special Representative Balderston will also lead a panel discussion of local business leaders, researchers and academics at the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development on “Bringing Innovation to Market” in Brazil.

Special Representative Balderston and the delegation will then travel to Sao Paulo August 16-17, where delegates will meet with young entrepreneurs and organizations that are investing in innovations that promote sustainable urban living. Delegates will also meet with the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning to better understand the potential for investment in sustainable cities promotion in Brazil.

This trip also reflects the U.S.-Brazil commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

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Famous Salsa Composer, Jairo Varela, Laid to Rest in Colombia

Famous Salsa Composer, Jairo Varela, Laid to Rest in Colombia

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Jairo Varela, considered Colombia’s greatest salsa composer, was buried in a cemetery in the southwestern city of Cali amid massive crowds that came to pay their last respects.

Thousands attended the funeral of the founder and director of the famous Grupo Niche salsa band.

Varela, 62, died Aug. 8 of a heart attack in his apartment.

The composer of still-popular numbers like “Cali Pachanguero” and “Una Aventura” (An Adventure) was bid farewell by the thousands who gathered to see his casket carried through the streets of Colombia’s salsa capital.

A religious service at the seat of the municipal council initiated the series of funerary events for Varela that included a salsa concert in the plaza outside city hall by singers and musicians who had once been directed by the artist.

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Dominican Republic and Mexico Sign Wide Range Agreement to Combat Crime

Dominican Republic and Mexico Sign Wide Range Agreement to Combat Crime

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The Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, Radhames Jimenez Pena, and Mexico, Marisela Morales Ibáñez, have signed an agreement establishing mutual legal assistance in criminal investigations, terrorism, and organized crime.

The agreement also involves the exchange of information and expertise in cases of corruption, human trafficking, narcotics and money laundering.

Mutual cooperation will extend also to investigations and legal proceedings for any offense under the laws of both nations, including violations related to taxes and other fiscal matters.

Morales Ibáñez said that to effectively combat transnational criminal groups is needed international cooperation

For his part, Attorney Peña Jimenez said the Dominican Republic and Mexico ties have strengthened over the years and this agreement is another sign of the countries getting closer. 

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Arizona-Mexico Border Now Has Interviewing Kiosks for “Trusted Travelers”

Arizona-Mexico Border Now Has Interviewing Kiosks for “Trusted Travelers”

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Using something known as anomaly-detection, interviewing kiosks may soon take the place of in-person preliminary interviews along the Arizona-Mexico border.

Thanks to Aaron Elkins, his colleagues at the University of Arizona, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a virtual officer kiosk has been placed at the Nogales, Arizona border for those in the Trusted Traveler program.

Elkins and his team worked for years developing the technology to allow people in the program to “speak” with the kiosk as if it were a CBP officers.

Those allowed in the fast-track Trusted Traveler lanes have already been through background checks against criminal, law-enforcement, customs, immigration, agriculture, and terrorist databases. Each “trusted traveler” has also gone through CBP interviews and biometric fingerprint checks. If all have checked out, the travelers crossing borders can streamline their process by using the kiosks during future travels.

The kiosks are not left independent devices, as they are monitored by CBP officers.

Some have already called into question the kiosks effectiveness, as it is up to the kiosks’ speech recognition and voice anomaly-detection software to indentify questionable responses by monitoring However, it should be noted that the kiosk interaction is only a preliminary interview. After passing through the kiosk, travelers still speak with a CBP officer.

Elkins notes that the kiosk is not designed to indicate whether a traveler is lying or to diagnose their intent, but rather analyze their voice. Should the kiosk’s software pick up an anomaly in a traveler’s voice during specific questions, the officers are prompted to ask additional questions to probe deeper into that particular response.

The kiosks can communicate in both English and Spanish and are also able to ask an interviewee to repeat an answer.

There is the potential false positives to consider – an interviewee may become nervous, not understand the question, or simply not know how to answer – though that is what the second interview is for.

Elkins and his team are still working to improve the function and effectiveness of the kiosks. The Scientific American:

The researchers are hoping this second phase of the Nogales pilot test will include more than 1,000 interviews. After the kiosk’s performance is analyzed, Elkins would like to add a feature that lets interviewees scan their passports and other documents into the device. Another option might be to equip the kiosk with some other sensors—such as video analyzers, eye trackers and thermal or infrared cameras—that could offer additional means of analyzing interviewees.

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Boyce Avenue Cover David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium” (VIDEO)

Boyce Avenue Cover David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium” (VIDEO)

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The Manzano brothers are at it again, this time pull together a fantastic cover of David Guetta’s “Titanium” originally featuring vocals by Sia.

Boyce Avenue, a Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. The brothers first came together as a band in 2004 when Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian (guitar, vocals), and their older brother Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals) reconnected after pursuing their respective educational goals. While music was always a part of their lives and ultimately their collective goal, pursuing a higher education was also important to the brothers. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Daniel moved back to Florida, to join his brothers Fabian and Alejandro, who were both attending classes at the University of Florida. It was there that the brothers continued to write music and to perform local shows, and took their most formative steps toward becoming a band.

With clear musical talent, Boyce Avenue became one of the most searched for bands on YouTube in 2010, second only to Linkin Park, with some of their videos reaching 10 million views, with viewers and most reaching into the hundreds of thousands.

The band is currently preparing a worldwide tour after finishing a European tour this summer.


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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Attacked by Ex-Boyfriend Who Hid in Trunk of Car

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Attacked by Ex-Boyfriend Who Hid in Trunk of Car

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Peter Maya is facing kidnapping and battery charges after he hid in the trunk of his ex-girlfriend’s car and climbed into the backseat and attacked her.

Police say Maya, 24, was hiding in the trunk of Keisha Bethel of Oakland Park, Florida earlier this month when Bethel got in, unaware of his presence, and began her drive home from work.

Shortly after she left work at Barnes & Noble, Bethel says Maya climbed into the back seat from the trunk and began hitting her in the head. When Bethel attempted to flee the vehicle, Maya reportedly grabbed her, pulled her back in, and resumed hitting her. He then moved into the driver’s seat a headed towards Miami.

While he drove, Bethel says Maya threatened to intentionally crash the vehicle. Once in Miami, he stopped the car and took off of foot, leaving Bethel in the vehicle.

The couple had been together for 6 years when they split this past April. They have three children together and were co-owners of the vehicle involved. Prior to the split, Maya and Bethel lived together for four year.

Maya is currently being held in Florida’s Broward County’s main jail.

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LATINO BLOTTER: 4th Grade Teacher in Chicago Beats Rescue Dog to Death

LATINO BLOTTER: 4th Grade Teacher in Chicago Beats Rescue Dog to Death

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A Chicago school is reeling after learning one of its teachers has been charged with the beating death of a dog he was supposed to have rescued.

Chicago Public School teacher, Derek Fierro, 25, reportedly called 911 to report the death of his rescue dog, Doc, a Labrador-Chow mix he rescued from the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation.

Fierro admitted to punching Doc to death. When officers arrived, Fierro was reportedly crying as he led them to the trunk of his car, where he had placed the dog’s body.

He told police he repeatedly punched the dog after he grew frustrated while attempting to give the dog a bath after he defecated on himself.

ImageThe Rescue Foundation said it was devastated to hear the news, saying everyone who adopts a dog from them are told they have the option to bring the dog back to them should there be a problem.

‘If he had called us last night we would have figured out a way to pick that dog up,’ foundation spokesperson, Lisa Lotnia told the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘We try to do the right thing, and it’s devastating to have this happen.’

Fierro, a 4th grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago’s Roger’s Park neighborhood, has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

His bond was set at $200,000 and as a special condition of his bail, Fierro is not allowed to possess or have contact with any animals. His next court date is scheduled for August 17.

Doc was rescued by the foundation after he was abused by a previous owner. Fierro had to fill out a 3-page application to adopt the dog who was only about 14 or 15 months old. He was one of seven taken from an Oklahoma shelter last year. He was named after one of the Seven Dwarfs of the Snow White story.

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BioMuseo in Panama is Award-Winning Architect’s First in Latin America

BioMuseo in Panama is Award-Winning Architect’s First in Latin America

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World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has designed his first museum in Latin America, and the structure itself is worthy of being in the museum as well.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada California, Gehry is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect based out of Los Angeles, California. A number of his works are now tourist attractions and the BioMuseo in Panama is bound to be another.

The BioMuseo houses Panama’s new Bridge of Life museum, which highlights the Panama isthmus and its unique role on the planet as a biological corridor. Panama is not only one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, but it is also home to some of the world’s most studied ecosystems. As the museum helps increase tourism to Panama, visitors will be able to visit the bio-museum and truly being to understand how important these ecosystems are.

Some of Gehry’s most notable works include Spain’s titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, MIT’s Stata Center, the whimsical Dancing House in Prague, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and is also the concept designer for the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. The Eisenhower Memorial will be the first for a 21 century president and only the seventh in U.S. history.

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U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides with Panamanian-Flagged Oil Tanker

U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides with Panamanian-Flagged Oil Tanker

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A Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker in the Persian Gulf collided with a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer early Sunday morning.

Navy officials say no one was hurt Sunday when the Navy’s guided missile destroyer, the USS Porter, and a large Japanese owned merchant vessel collided near the Strait of Hormuz at the opening of the Persian Gulf near Iran.

The collision between USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker, Otowasan, occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time, a Navy statement said.

ImageThe USS Porter was able to travel without assistance to Jebel Ali, UAE, and is now pierside for assessment and repair.

The incident is currently under investigation and a cause for the collision is yet to be determined. There were also no reports of any spills or leakages from either vessel.

USS Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Turns 86

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Turns 86

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The former President of Cuba and brother of current President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro turns 86-years-old today.  The ailing Castro’s last public appearance was in March during Pope Benedict’s visit.

Castro lead his Communist Cuban regime for nearly 50-years until ceding power in 2006, due to health reason, to his younger brother Raul, who is 81.

No public celebrations are planned where Castro is expected to appear.  The country is planning on honoring its ‘heroes of the war on terror’, instead today.  Specifically, Khaleej Times is reporting Rene Gonzalez, part of the Miami Five, who is in prison in the U.S. for spying will be honored.

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Calle 13’s Rene Perez’ Uncle Shot to Death in Puerto Rico

Calle 13’s Rene Perez’ Uncle Shot to Death in Puerto Rico

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The uncle of Rene Perez, of the Calle 13 duo, was shot to death in Puerto Rico over the weekend. 

Perez’s 49-year-old uncle, Roberto Joglar Rios, was shot in front of a school in San Juan, a suburb of Rio Pedras.  The Grammy-winning singer blamed the high crime rate on the island as the cause of death, he hails from the island.

Perez who is also known as “Residente” and his stepbrother Eduardo Cabra, known as “Visitante,” make up the alternative music band that has won 19 Latin Grammys and two Grammys.

The singer revealed in a chat with fans that he often thinks that he won’t live past the age of 40-years-old, based on a number of dreams he has had in the past.

“It’s not that I’m a negative person,” the singer said during a videochat with Puero Rican news site Primera Hora, “but I don’t think I’m going to get to 40. I dream a lot about that, and they say dreams come true,” René said.

 

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Boat Carrying Undocumented Immigrants from Dominican Republic Sinks, 1 Dead and 8 Are Missing

Boat Carrying Undocumented Immigrants from Dominican Republic Sinks, 1 Dead and 8 Are Missing

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One person died and six others are missing in the sinking of a boat that was carrying illegal immigrants last week from the eastern Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, the Listin Diario newspaper said.

Nine people - a Dominican and eight Haitians - were rescued after the boat capsized.

Four of the migrants were hospitalized for treatment of severe dehydration, Listin Diario said.

The migrants sailed on Thursday from Veron, a town outside the eastern city of Higuey, for Puerto Rico, but the sea was rough due to the strong winds from Tropical Storm Ernesto, the newspaper reported, citing officials.

The boat had mechanical problems and was also low on fuel when it set sail.

Fishermen found the body of a migrant in the Boca de Rio section of Yaque del Sur and notified authorities.

Thousands of Dominicans try to reach the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico every year, preferring to risk their lives rather than continue living in poverty in their homeland.

Many migrants drown each year on the treacherous journey across the 100-kilometer (62-mile) Mona Passage on the rickety wooden boats known as “yolas.”

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Forest Fires Continue Burning in Spain

Forest Fires Continue Burning in Spain

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A fire continues to burn on the Spanish island of La Gomera, in the Atlantic Canary Islands archipelago, while the other forest fires that affected different parts of the country, including the one on the nearby island of Tenerife, have been largely brought under control after destroying thousands of hectares (acres).

Experts are not forecasting that the most active fronts of the La Gomera fire will be able to be stabilized in the coming hours, given that the weather outlook includes rising temperatures, drier conditions and wind, although in the rest of Spain the recent heat has begun to abate.

This could cause the fire foci that seemed to be extinguished to reactivate, Juan Santana, the general director of security and emergencies, said, adding that officials had not yet authorized the more than 4,500 people who were forced to go to shelters to return to their homes.

On Tenerife, some 369 hectares (about 925 acres) have been destroyed while the count stands at 470 hectares (about 1,175 acres) on La Gomera, added to the 3,100 hectares (7,750 acres) that had been damaged before last Friday the fire that had begun the previous Saturday resurged.

Municipal officials on Tenerife said that the fire on the island is stabilized except for a “very complicated” front extending for 150 meters (about 500 feet) between Bolico and Santiago del Teide.

A total of six helicopters and three cistern aircraft are being used to prevent the flames from advancing on La Gomera, while on Tenerife, 72 soldiers with the Military Emergencies Unit, or UME, have been deployed from the southern Spanish city of Sevilla to help in the efforts to extinguish the blaze.

In the northwestern region of Galicia, the mayors of O Barco and Rubia, municipalities that have been affected by the fire registered there on the weekend, told Efe that the situation seems to be “calm,” although there are still active foci near both towns.

The fire that broke out last Friday in the parish of Santigoso, in O Barco, in the Galician district of Orense, has destroyed 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres), according to preliminary data provided by the Galician regional government, making it the first big forest fire of the summer in that region.

Being used in the efforts to control the fires in Galicia are 13 helicopters and 16 aircraft, along with UME personnel and local fire brigades.

The mayor of Navas de Estena, Isidro Corsino, told Efe that the fire in the Cabañeros National Park could have burned about 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres).

According to figures provided by the city hall, the flames destroyed a large part of the public hilly area that is municipal property, as well as parts of private farms.

Corsino said that the fire is “somewhat controlled,” but that air and ground units are continuing to work on putting it out.

The fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon in La Dehesilla de Almonte near the Doñana National Park has destroyed 300 hectares (750 acres) of low hills and pasture, all on protected land.

The fire registered on Saturday afternoon in Montellano in the south that affected an area of pine forest was reported to have been stabilized on Sunday morning.

Four hundred hectares (1,000 acres), meanwhile, were burned by the fire that erupted on Friday in the Bustillo de Valderredible hills in northern Cantabria, but that blaze was extinguished on Sunday, the regional government told Efe.

The forest fire registered on Saturday in Uceda in central Spain is being stabilized, although it is not yet under control.

The national emergency management office on Sunday maintained its alert regarding the current heat wave and the risk of forest fires, asking that the public pay “special attention to lit cigarettes, trash and glass bottles that act like a magnifying glass with the sun.”

Spain this summer is suffering from numerous and important forest fires.

A combination of high temperatures, a lack of rain during the winter - which was the driest since 1947 - and wind velocities in excess of 30 kph (about 19 mph) are among the risk factors fostering the outbreak and spread of fires.

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Supreme Court Clerk Arrested for Ties to Mexican Drug Cartels

Supreme Court Clerk Arrested for Ties to Mexican Drug Cartels

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A Mexican Supreme Court official was arrested and arraigned in federal court for allegedly having links to a drug cartel, the high court said.

Juan Carlos de la Barrera Vite was arrested on July 29 in the Pacific port city of Acapulco and arraigned on Aug. 7 by a federal judge.

The suspect, who is being held at a prison in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, was a clerk for the high court and worked for Justice Sergio Valls.

The federal Attorney General’s Office has charged the court official with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

Justice Valls “did not have nor does he have any links to the acts alleged against the said person” and “at no time did sensitive information from the judicial body or its work get compromised,” the Supreme Court said.

De la Barrera Vite worked as a clerk in the past, but “he only did administrative work in the personnel area in recent years,” the Supreme Court said.

The suspect allegedly handed over confidential information to the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization, the Mexican press reported Saturday.

De la Barrera Vite took his orders from Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, who was arrested on Dec. 23, 2011, in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, the El Universal newspaper said.

Cabrera Sarabia was allegedly in charge of the Sinaloa cartel’s operations in Durango state and the southern part of Chihuahua state, the newspaper said.

The case against De la Barrera Vite is being handled by the Siedo organized crime unit of the AG’s office.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and has an extensive drug distribution network in the United States.

Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001, is considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

Chapo Guzman tops the list of Mexico’s 37 most-wanted criminals and is on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.

Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted man, has been on the list of U.S. drug kingpins since June 1, 2001.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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MondayAugust 13, 2012