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MondayNovember 5, 2012

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4 Peruvian Journalists Die When Car Plunges into Tarma River

4 Peruvian Journalists Die When Car Plunges into Tarma River

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Four journalists on the way to cover a story in central Peru died Monday when the car they were traveling in plunged into the Tarma River.

The accident occurred on Monday morning near the Carpapata area, when the group was traveling from Lima to the city of Chanchamayo, in Junin province, police said.

Among the dead are Javier Ascue, who had worked for more than 40 years for the daily El Comercio, reporter Lorena Chauca of the daily Publimetro and Marisol Rojas.

Also killed was the president of the Association of Journalists of Peru in the city of La Merced, Maria Gilda Gomez, who evidently was driving the car.

So far, rescue and recovery authorities have not recovered Gomez’s body, but the bodies of the other victims were found by police in the river and taken to the morgue at Tarma.

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Liver Biopsy Confirms Mexican Icon Vicente Fernandez Does Not Have Cancer

Liver Biopsy Confirms Mexican Icon Vicente Fernandez Does Not Have Cancer

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Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez does not have cancer, according to the results of the biopsy performed on the lump removed last week from his liver, sources close to the artist told Efe on Monday.

The ranchera music idol was operated on last week to remove the lump that doctors had detected on his liver several days earlier, an operation that forced him to cancel all his performances for the remainder of the year.

The sources told Efe that the 72-yar-old artist is resting at a Houston hospital and is awaiting new tests that may explain the origin of the lump.

The news that “Chente” is not suffering from cancer was passed on Sunday evening by his son, singer Alejandro Fernandez, who shared the good news with fans at a performance in Guadalajara.

“Today I received good news, it’s the best on the planet, they told us that the cyst is not malignant, that he’s going to get better and everything’s going to come out fine,” said the singer, who added that he had been told that 95 percent of the time in cases like this “things work out badly.”

“Do you know who made the 5 percent? God and faith and the love of all of you,” Fernandez said.

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Lionel Messi’s Newborn Son Thiago Already Member of Dad’s Hometown Club

Lionel Messi’s Newborn Son Thiago Already Member of Dad’s Hometown Club

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The newborn son of FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is already registered as a member of the Argentine club his dad supported while growing up in Rosario, fans of Newell’s Old Boys proclaimed at a match.

“Welcome to the world, Thiago Messi ... to the World of Lepers. Member No. 2,881,152,” said a banner held aloft by Newell’s fans during Sunday’s 1-1 tie with Godoy Cruz in the western city of Mendoza.

Newell’s fans are traditionally known as lepers, while supporters of crosstown rival Rosario Central proudly call themselves rabble.

The nicknames are said to have originated a century ago, when the two clubs agreed to play a benefit match for a hospital treating lepers, but only Newell’s actually turned up for the contest.

Leo Messi cheered for Newell’s as a boy and played on the club’s youth team before signing with Barcelona at the age of 13.

Thiago Messi Rocuzzo, the first child of Leo Messi and Antonella Rocuzzo, was born Friday at Barcelona’s USP hospital.

“Today I’m the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thank God for this gift,” the 25-year-old striker wrote on his Facebook page.

Messi recently received the Golden Boot as the top scorer in European national leagues, thanks to his 50 goals last season with Barcelona in La Liga, and was named as one of the 23 athletes in contention for the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s award for World Player of the Year.

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On Election Day Latinos Need to Make History with Record Voter Turnout

On Election Day Latinos Need to Make History with Record Voter Turnout

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Estelle Gonzales Walgreen
Editor-in-Chief, Hispanically Speaking News

I am urging everyone I know, don’t know, don’t like, and even talk bad about to get off their Laz-y Boys and go out and vote tomorrow.  No excuses- not even from all my aunts whose backsides resemble their sofas and think they make a difference by yelling at Fox TV. 

This is a historic election cycle.

No, not because it’s a presidential election or a Mormon may be elected for the first time or you’re mad that Romney has Mexican amnesia.

It is important because this is the first presidential election since the 2010 census declared Latinos the fastest growing minority, creating the buzz around the power of the Latino vote.  This is the first election where issues important to Latinos were being polled for and often discussed.  This is the first election cycle where people south of the Mason-Dixon line realized Jorge Ramos is not Anderson Cooper.  This is the first election where the Spanish ads were as abundant and as annoying as the English ones. 

And most importantly, this is the first time there has been a well-funded, concerted and consistent effort to suppress the minority vote through countless Voter ID laws and English-only initiatives.Image

There have been many successful Latino voter drivers for the 2012 election but now you need to show up. There are 24 million Latino eligible voters this time around, over 4 million more since the last presidential election and every single one needs to come out and vote.  Despite the large numbers of registered Latino voters, Latinos are pegged as unengaged politically and as non-voters, which is a correct perception. 

You can change that tomorrow.

For those that don’t care much about presidential politics each state has its own slate of candidates and important issues to engage you.  Depending on where you live you might help legalize pot, deny other humans the right to marry the person of their choosing or be able to take a lethal cocktail of drugs if terminally ill.

In Maryland, Latinos should and must come out in droves to vote their heart in the Maryland DREAM Act which if passed would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates.  In Montana if Referendum 121 is passed it will deny state services to the undocumented and in Puerto Rico, voters will decide whether or not they will become the 51st state.  All issues worthy even for shut-in’s to leave their homes and go to their local voting booth.

I don’t care if you are politically illiterate with the attention span of a gnat.  Go and Vote.  I don’t’ care that you think you can’t make a difference because you really haven’t most of your life now is the time to turn the tide and go and vote.  I don’t care if you think you know who is going to win.  You don’t.  No one does not even Nate Silver.

To my familia that does not vote:  You can no longer bitch about the male, pale and stales running the country and your reproductive organs.  You can no longer complain that they stopped your barely-brown cousin in Arizona.  You can no longer complain when they keep referring to your relatives as illegal when they are undocumented.  You can no longer complain that your kids are getting last years textbooks, and you have to go to high-cost, low-quality neighborhood clinics. You can no longer complain when your unemployment benefits are challenged and you’re labeled as ‘marginally attached’ to the economy when you are working two jobs.

And most importantly you can no longer complain when you think elected officials don’t know you exist - they don’t.

GO AND VOTE and they won’t forget you.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Tries to Kill Daughter By Crashing Car into Semi

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Tries to Kill Daughter By Crashing Car into Semi

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Police are still trying to determine why one California mother tried to kill her daughter by crashing their vehicle into a semi truck.

Witnesses were surprised when they realized the driver of an SUV that had crashed into a truck was beating her young daughter in the vehicle after the crash.

Stephanie Irene Aguilar, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga reportedly crashed her GMC Yukon into the semi while traveling west on California’s 10 Freeway in Monclair. After the incident, as witnesses called 911, they saw Aguilar punching her young passenger before slamming her head into the vehicle’s center consol.

While on the phone with emergency personnel, the horrified witnesses were relaying the odd account. While some stayed on the phone, others grabbed Aguilar and kept her away from the girl, later identified as her 8-year-old daughter.

When California Highway Patrol arrived, Aguilar was reportedly agitated and attacked an officer, injuring his arms.

Unsure of her physical condition, Aguilar, a respiratory therapist, was taken to Colton’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. She was released the following day and immediately arrested.

The daughter is said to have suffered only minor injuries.

Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, corporal injury on a child, and obstructing a police officer. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at West Valley Detention Center and was scheduled for arraignment on Monday in West Valley Superior Court.

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One Direction Glitter Bomb Each Other on Spanish Television Show (VIDEO)

One Direction Glitter Bomb Each Other on Spanish Television Show (VIDEO)

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During their appearance on the Spanish television show “El Hormiguero”, the boys of One Direction threw caution to the wind (and glitter, flour, and who knows what else) when they took their arts and crafts project to the next level.

The boys were left a mess – albeit a cute mess – after the “fight” but it sure excited those in that Madrid audience.

Check out their appearance below.


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U.S. Government Responds to Nicaragua Elections - Not Transparent Enough

U.S. Government Responds to Nicaragua Elections - Not Transparent Enough

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The U.S. government through the U.S. Department of State issued a statement on Sunday’s Nicaragua municipal elections which was not a vote of confidence:

The U.S. government is concerned that the municipal elections conducted Sunday, November 4, in Nicaragua failed to demonstrate a degree of transparency that would assure Nicaraguans and the international community that the process faithfully reflected the will of the Nicaraguan people.

There have been widespread complaints about the partisan manner in which Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council managed the process in the run-up to and on Election Day to the advantage of the ruling party. Irregularities observed on election day included citizens being denied the right to vote, a failure to respect the secrecy of citizens’ votes, and reported cases of voters being allowed to vote multiple times. These disturbing practices have marred multiple recent Nicaraguan elections.

We again urge the Government of Nicaragua to implement the recommendations the European Union and Organization of American States electoral observation missions made following the controversial 2011 national elections, and to uphold its commitment to representative democracy under the OAS Charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

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California Lottery Winner Forgets About Ticket, Nearly Misses Major Payout

California Lottery Winner Forgets About Ticket, Nearly Misses Major Payout

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What was almost a gut-wrenching story, thankfully saw a happy ending when a California woman who had won the lottery forgot about the ticket.

A 69-year-old Victorville, Calif. resident, Julie Cervera, nearly missed out on $23 million after she forgot about lottery ticket purchased earlier this year.

On May 30, Cervera asked her daughter, Charliena Marquez, to purchase her usual lottery ticket. Marquez bought the California Super Lotto Plus ticket at a Palmdale liquor store and Cervera put the ticket in her glove box.

Having completely forgotten about the ticket, Marquez and Cervera were shocked when they began receiving calls that Marquez was on television.

After months of trying to track down the winner, security footage from the liquor store was run on the news. When Marquez realized she was the woman in the video she told her mother, who suddenly remembered exactly where she had put the ticket.

The mother and daughter quickly contacted the proper officials and after learned the ticket would have expired at the end of this month.

Cervera told reporters she had been on disability for 20 years and had “maybe a dollar” in her pocket.

Though the initial jackpot was $23 million, Cervera chose to take her winnings in one lump sum. Before taxes, she is taking $18 million.

Cervera has two adopted sons with special needs and says she plans to share he good fortune with her children and grandchildren.

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Archaeologists in Guatemala Unearth Tomb of “Big Chief” K’utz Chman

Archaeologists in Guatemala Unearth Tomb of “Big Chief” K’utz Chman

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Archaeologists working at the Tak’alik Ab’aj temple in southern Guatemala recently uncovered the tomb of an early Mayan ruler and provide new insight into the early years of the Mayan culture.

Though no bones were found during the excavation of the tomb of the “big chief” known as K’utz Chman (Grandfather Vulture), the artifacts unearthed revealed he was a mighty and powerful ruler.

Jewelry, which included a vulture-headed human figure on a necklace, are that of what may have been one of the earliest rulers of the Mayan culture as it transitioned from the Olmec period.

Carbon dating puts the tomb somewhere between 700 and 400BC.

David Stuart, an archaeologist from the University of Texas at Austin, told the Associated Press, ‘This is around the time that the institution of kingship was really taking off.’

‘He would be ruling over a fairly sizeable territory at the time. It wouldn’t have stretched for hundreds of miles in all directions, but he would have been ruling over lots and lots of small communities.’

Tak’alik Ab’aj temple is located in El Asintal in Retalhuleu, Guatemala.

Researchers Olivia Navarro of Mexico and Griselda Perez of Guatemala were credited with the initial find back in June. The temple site is believed to be the oldest tomb from the Mayan era in Mesoamerica.

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Christina Aguilera Performs at Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Christina Aguilera Performs at Hurricane Sandy Telethon

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Christina Aguilera and many others came together for a telethon to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

On Friday, Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige and more joined forces for “Hurricane Sandy: Come Together”, which raised more than $23 million for the American Red Cross.

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Aguilera are all natives of the American East Coast and were joined by a number of New York actors.

“We will do whatever we can to help,” The Voice judge said. “We will not leave anyone behind, because every single one of you matters.”

Watch Aguilera’s moving rendition of her hit single “Beautiful” below.

To make a donation, visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish [Español]) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 contribution to the cause.


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Mexico to Improve Country’s Neonatal Health Services with $350 Million Loan

Mexico to Improve Country’s Neonatal Health Services with $350 Million Loan

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Mexico will improve its maternal, neonatal and post-neonatal health services with a loan of up to $350 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project is aimed at improving the health status of children under five without access to social security health services.

The project is expected to help reduce the country’s nationwide infant mortality by 7 percent from 12.9 to 12.0 (per 1,000 live births) by supporting high impact health interventions to ensure effective coverage of specialized, highly complex care for childbirth complications as well as training for mothers in the care of children in the first year of life.

The objective of this component is to ensure health services funding are used to support health-insurance coverage for the vulnerable populations.

The expansion of coverage is expected to help lower the neonatal mortality rate in births in currently uninsured families from 9.8 per 1,000 live births to 8.1.

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$100,000 Worth of Liquid Meth Found in Female Traveler’s Toiletries

$100,000 Worth of Liquid Meth Found in Female Traveler’s Toiletries

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman with over $100,000 of alleged liquid methamphetamine.

The seizure occurred on October 31, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when a 20-year-old female United States citizen arrived at the pedestrian walkway. The adult female, from Michoacan, Mexico presented her State of California birth certificate to the CBP officer, displayed nervous behavior and was referred to secondary for further document review and inspection.

In secondary, officers discovered in her luggage, six bottles of different toiletry items which contained a total of 6.83 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $103,000.

The adult female traveler was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Teen Mom and Child Disappear, Baby’s Father Wanted for Murder

LATINO BLOTTER: Teen Mom and Child Disappear, Baby’s Father Wanted for Murder

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California authorities are looking for a teen mother and her daughter after they were last seen on October 29.

The Hanford Police Department believe 16-year-old Diana Zamora Cardenas run off with her 1-month-old daughter, Davina Alcala, and the baby’s father who is wanted for homicide.

Police say Cardenas was last seen on Sunday with her daughter and was not being cooperative in the homicide investigation.

The father, 19-year-old Nicolas “Nico” Alcala, is wanted in connection to the Fresno County murder of Pedro Aispuro.

Aispuro, 34, was shot outside a taco truck in Huron, Calif. on June 4 when a fight broke out. Aispuro was shot multiple times, and though he had survived being shot four times in January, he was unable to survive this attack.

Authorities believe the teen mother and Aispuro may be heading to Mexico.

Fliers with photos of Cardenas, her child, and Alcala have been distributed and Alcala is believed to be armed and dangerous. Hanford Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (559) 585-2540 or contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Cardenas is described as a Hispanic woman, who stands at 5’1, with black hair and brown eyes. She is 16 and weighs about 118 pounds. Her daughter was born on September 19 and weighs about 8 pounds.

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Brazil’s “Queen of Baiao” Carmelia Alves Dies at 89

Brazil’s “Queen of Baiao” Carmelia Alves Dies at 89

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Singer Carmelia Alves, known as the “Queen of Baiao,” one of the most popular folk rhythms of northeast Brazil, died in Rio de Janeiro of cancer, her family said. She was 89.

Alves, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s, died Saturday night of a multiple organ seizure, the Jacarepagua Hospital of Clinics, where the artist had been hospitalized for a month, said.

The Rio artist was considered the best female performer of baiao, a rhythm that originated in one of Brazil’s most rugged regions and which also brought fame to her late friend and accordeonist Luiz Gonzaga, about whom a biographical film is currently being shown on the centenary of his birth in theaters around Brazil.

Alves was married for 50 years to singer Jimmy Lester. They had no children and shared the stage as far afield as Mexico, Germany and Argentina, where she had to open an affiliate of her recording company thanks to the success she had in Buenos Aires on the radio and in theaters with songs like “Sabia na Gaiola.”

The singer launched her career in the 1940s, performing the Carnival hits of then-superstar Carmen Miranda at Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Copacabana, but later, under Gonzaga’s influence, she devoted herself to the baiao.

Following the death of her husband in 1998, Alves fell into depression and tried to return to the stage in 2000 by forming a group of other veteran singers from the 1950s.

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Final Latino Decisions Poll:  If Latino Voter Turnout High, Obama Will Carry 4 Key States

Final Latino Decisions Poll:  If Latino Voter Turnout High, Obama Will Carry 4 Key States

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ImpreMedia & Latino Decisions today released the last in a series of 11 weekly tracking polls with results suggesting President Obama is poised to win a record high share of the Latino vote, and in turn likely to win key swing states and enough electoral college votes to retain the presidency.

During the course of the 11 weeks of tracking, there have been fluctuations in Obama’s favorability and attitudes about key issues among Latinos, but overall results indicate the President has retained consistent support and Latinos report they are likely to turn out in record numbers.

Sixteen percent of respondents indicated that they had already voted early, with another 73% saying they were certain to vote, reflecting increasing levels of enthusiasm over the course of this poll.

The President’s support continued its steady climb with 64% saying they are certain to vote for him on election day and another 8% leaning towards him. Romney’s supporters also remained consistent, but overall he was unable to make significant inroads with Latino voters. Week 11 polling found 22% said they were certain to or might vote for Romney, compared to 24% during Week 1 polling.

Among likely Latino voters, those with consistent vote history or have already voted, 73% say they plan to vote for Obama compared to 24% for Romney and 3% undecided.  If Obama wins 73% or higher of the Latino vote, it would eclipse the 72% won by Bill Clinton in his landslide re-election in 1996, and mark the highest total ever for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Spain’s David Ferrer Wins Paris Masters, First Spaniard to Ever Win

Spain’s David Ferrer Wins Paris Masters, First Spaniard to Ever Win

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Spain’s David Ferrer defeated Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in Bercy to win the Paris Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of his career.

The 30-year-old Ferrer, who has reached four Grand Slam semifinals, now has 18 career singles titles.

Janowicz, a six-foot-eight qualifier who was the story of the tournament, was unable to keep the magic going against the world No. 5.

Ferrer is the first Spaniard to win the Paris Masters. Andres Gimeno came up short in 1972, Sergio Casal fell short of the title in 1986 and Rafael Nadal was unable to win here in 2007.

Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2007 year-end championships and had reached three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals during his career before his breakthrough on Sunday, has consistently been ranked in the top 10 but had never won one of tennis’ biggest tournaments.

World No. 1 Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament, citing various minor injuries, while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - the second- and third-ranked players, respectively - were upset in the early rounds.

Ferrer’s countryman, Rafael Nadal, now ranked No. 4, has been off the tour for months due to a knee injury.

The Paris Masters is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, which are the biggest tournaments on the men’s tennis calendar after the four Grand Slams and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

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Alleged Killer of Human Rights Activist Nepomuceno Moreno Arrested

Alleged Killer of Human Rights Activist Nepomuceno Moreno Arrested

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A man suspected of being a close associate of Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman and wanted in connection with the murder of human rights activist Nepomuceno Moreno was arrested by the army, the Mexican Defense Secretariat said.

Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez was captured last Thursday in Huixquilucan, a city in Mexico state, by soldiers with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office, the secretariat said.

Salazar Ramirez was considered one of Guzman’s “most important” associates and allegedly oversaw the planting, production and trafficking of drugs in Sonora state and part of Chihuahua state, both located in northern Mexico, smuggling the drugs into the United States, the secretariat said in a statement.

He is suspected of being the leader of the Los Salazar gang, which is part of the Sinaloa organization.

Salazar Ramirez was allegedly involved in numerous murders in the states of Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, as well as the Federal District, the secretariat said.

The gang boss was allegedly involved in the Nov. 28, 2011, killing of Nepomuceno Moreno, a human rights activist who was demanding justice for his missing son and belonged to poet Javier Sicilia’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity.

Salazar Ramirez is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a federal court in Texas in 2006 on drug charges.

He is also the subject of an arrest warrant issued in 2009 by a federal court in Mexico City for his extradition on drug and criminal conspiracy charges.

Another close associate of Chapo Guzman was arrested a week ago in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Jose Salgueiro Nevarez was captured on Oct. 29 along with five other suspected drug traffickers in an operation staged by 42nd Military Zone troops in Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua.

Salgueiro Nevarez controlled marijuana production in southern Chihuahua, the smuggling of drugs into the United States, retail drug sales and extortion rackets targeting businesses, mainly mining companies, officials said.

Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the world’s most-wanted drug trafficker, has been on the list of U.S. drug kingpins since June 1, 2001.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by Mexican 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 most-wanted criminals and is on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.

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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