Sinaloa Cartel Challenges the U.S.

Apr 7th, 2011 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Organized Crime, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT

This story aired on KJZZ, public radio Arizona as part of the Fronteras Desk. For more stories, go to FronterasDesk.org.

An accused Mexican drug lord being held on charges in the U.S. has filed a unusual motion in federal court. He’s challenging the United States, saying he’d been working with its own federal agents in Mexico.

Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla is one of the most senior drug trafficking figures in U.S. custody. He’s accused of working for the Sinaloa Cartel, a powerful drug trafficking organization in Mexico. In fact, he’s the eldest son of one of its leaders. Zambada was arrested in Mexico City in 2009 and extradited to Illinois, accused of trafficking nearly $6 billion in cocaine. He’s contracted some of the highest profile criminal defense lawyers in the country.

In 2003, the United States indicted him in a massive anti-drug operation that stretched from Colombia to Mexico to Tucson, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Virginia and Rhode Island. Nearly 250 people were arrested and it was among the first indictments filed against Zambada’s father, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, now one of the  leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Last month his attorneys filed a simple but explosive one page motion in federal court. They say the FBI, the DEA and various Homeland Security agents in Mexico were actually working with Zambada for more than five years. (Click to enlarge.)

Peter Henning is a law professor at Wayne State University Law School. He says the public authority assertion made by Zambada’s legal team is nearly unheard of in organized crime cases.

“Essentially, this is the type of claim by a defendant that puts the government on trial; saying that the government sponsored illegal activity,” Henning said.

Neither the Justice Department nor Zambada’s lawyers would comment on the  record for this story because of the sensitivity of the case.

But the motion names several DEA and FBI agents who have actively worked in Mexico, claiming they authorized Zambada’s activities. One that was named, Eduardo Martinez, was the DEA’s attaché in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico until 2008. His name frequently surfaced in federal court warrants as the investigating agent in cross-border trafficking cases.

“Given what’s going on with the Mexican drug cartels, the last thing the United States can handle is any kind of finding that it in fact sponsored one of the drug cartels,” Henning said.

A date has not been set for the Chicago trial. When that trial concludes, Zambada will stand trial in Washington for the Operation Trifecta case.

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  1. New name for cds,cartel de los ratones, he and cds apperantly have been snitching out their rivals and maybe arturo was right as to who gave up mochomo.

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    asi es Reply:

    todos ponen cuando les conviene.

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  2. This is a game changer if proven to be true.

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  3. If they did work with dea dat means they gave up people on us and mexico, to calm dea and mex government but the word on street is dea always burns their snitches cds, I wonder how many people died becuz of their involment

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  4. here are some good articles on this.. if this is true then the U.S. has some splainin to do…

    http://www.mundonarco.com/2011/03/vicente-zambada-niebla-el-vicentillo.html

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  5. Hey Tantos, still burying your head in the sand?

    Oh and you know why those dead Americans in Mexico don’t get any attention, because they are hispanic. The only time this country cares if a hispanic dies in Mexico is if they are one of their own government mutt.

    I must say that’s smooth move by Vicente’s team. You want dig up dirt on me, well then I’ll expose the dirt on you. He probably has enough dirt on the alphabet soup mutts to make a cop/fed loving whore like Tantos suicidal. Tantos get your razor blade ready puuuttttooo. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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    Tantos Reply:

    I was contemplating suicide when y’all told me that Robert Krentz was killed because he was a drug dealer himself, or he was killed by nefarious right wingers who needed an incident to fuel their anti-immigrant legislation in AZ. Thankfully I postponed suicide, because none of the conspiracies proved true.

    Then I was almost pushed to the edge after the Falcon Lake murder because I was told that the gringa had her husband killed for insurance money, or they were drug smugglers and a deal went bad. But…. I finally put the razor blades away after, once again, the rumors spread by the conspiracy theorists were pure fantasy.

    So I think I will leave the razor blades in the medicine cabinet for now. Entrapment defense? Good luck. Smells like a desperation move by his mob lawyer.

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  6. U know any potential allies for the cds just changed their mind, if they’re smart, how u gonna ally urself to someone who might turn u in, or even be a client! Word in chih is there is a cleanup or limpiada against gn chapos brazo armado, and in sinaloa cds is being attacked in various fronts betran leyvas, zetas,and carrilos also arrellanos are supposedly gettig ready to make their move.any word on this?

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    J Reply:

    Arellano’s aren’t making a move against Sinaloa. That would be disastrous in Tijuana.

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  7. ENTONCES ESO EXPLICA PORQUE SOLTARON A PAREDES Y A ADAN SALAZAR, NO TENIAN CARGOS EN MEXICO PERO SI ERAN REQUERIDOS POR LA DEA PERO SE HICIERON DE LA VISTA GORDA (TODAVIA LES SIRVE). YA NO PUEDEN OCULTAR LO OBVIO, ESTO DE LA GUERRA CONTRA EL NARCO ES UNA GUERRA INVENTADA EN WASHINGTON, ASI COMO SE LES PERDIERON MILES DE ARMAS ENVIADAS A MEXICO. NEGOCIO PARA POCOS DESGRACIA PARA MUCHOS…

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  8. I’ve posted it many months before, and I’ll state it now that it’s become more than obvious. It only makes sense, that, after the 9-11 attacks, the government (through it’s CIA branch) would solicit the assistance of whatever major cartel organization controls the opossite side of the U.S. border with Mexico. This, to try and prevent probable infliltration by hardcore muslim radicals, or “terrorists” as their called by the general press… Meanwhile, that cartel organization would be allowed to work freely and untouched.

    The CIA made a similiar pact with a faction of the New York mob back in the late 30’s up untill, and proceeding WWII. This, again, to establish “eyes and ears” along the U.S. East Coast theatre for possible German infiltrators.

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    Drift Reply:

    I had always wondered about that, lots of Arabs here in El Paso and I know they are in Juarez thru contacts with junkyards and used car dealers, not a bad theory

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  9. This is not new, anybody who knows about this bussines must remember that in the 40’s-50’s, well i wasnt even born, but my grandfather always told me storys about how the US army or USAF, travell all the way to the golden triangle in la sierra ( sinaloa, Durango, chich) to fill the planes with dope , leaving a lot of cash behind. Then in the 70’s-80´s you gant forget about kiki camarena, and a lot of agents that played with 2 sides, they didnt just “infiltrate” the cartel fo guadalajara, they became corrupt and start doing bussines on their own.

    SO THE TRUTH IS THAT THE US GOVT HAS EVER BEING INVOLVED ON THE DRUG BUSSINESS

    en cuanto al vicente, haber si lo dejan declarar, no le vaya a pasar lo mismo que a su primillo, que siendo “testigo protegido” y bajo vigilancia 24/7 en una “casa de seguridad” que supuestamente nadie conocia, un dia, de la nada, aparecio “SUICIDADO”……….calladito se veia mas bonito…… check it out:
    http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=470813

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    cris Reply:

    Finally real talk. If anyone knows Mexico like I do, they know that playin both sides is common practice. Here is a question? Will Zambada get off easy like Francisco Camerena or Miguel Caro Quintero? Okay don’t chew my head off for using Camerena. But this has been going on down there forever. I mean, Ronnie Martin got off pretty easy, as well. Some of the local Arizona crew know the people I am talking about. Even though Zambada is a much bigger fish than the other people I mentioned, this kind of CIA behind the scenes antics have been part of the U.S. goovernments game. Covert ops and who knows what else. CONCLUSION: You cannot trust any of them. I am not the hater that some of you are, so I don’t take sides with any cartel. However, it is all dirty as hell.

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    cris Reply:

    Oops, I meant to say Billy Martin, Ronnie martin.

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  10. Good comment, ventilador I agree remember iran contra and freewAy ric lol

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  11. proper music for this article, El Cartel De Las Traiciones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLBdH9tATtQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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    sw 40 Reply:

    Lol true so true and those are the guys these young idiots worship along with movimiento cagado

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    move Reply:

    I know you prefer el Cartel de los Homos. Estas come El H y el Shaka, bein puttttoooo. LOLOLOL.

    Let it go homo. Really what do you care that Arputo lost the against them? Quit being so pathetic.

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  12. Well said cris I think the people who take sides are being iresponsible, to many innocent people dying at hands of all cartels, there’s no honor in dat!!! I blame the mexican gov both parties and the hoodlums running cartels, id respect them more if they just fought the old fashioned way, line up both sides face to face and shoot it out till one comes out victorious!!

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    Drift Reply:

    Muskets & cannon ball guns?????

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  13. y como traidores que son, los del cartel de las traiciones traicionan a sus socios mas poderosos,,los federales gringos, ya despues se destrozaran ellos solos, traidor una vez es traidor por siempre.

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    move Reply:

    Puutttooo una vez putttooo por siempre. Asi como el H y el Shaka.

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    sw 40 Reply:

    Hey move porque te molesta que insulten al cds, ellos pagan tu renta or give u money.next time u need something call them I’m sure they’ll come runnin to ur aid lol! Cmon the cds is wat gots mexico in the shithole, fook them and all cartels who kill innocents, its just funny to me dat all these punks worship a crew dat turns on its own and if ur from the old school u know I’m right

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    move Reply:

    Me I could care less if Chapo, Mayo and everyone that supports them died tommorow, I said that plenty of times already. I just mess around with ILegal because he takes this way too personal. If he ever in his whole life met someone from the Beltranes I doubt he was important enough for them to remember him. Not too mention ILegal is so stupid as to believe Arturo never betrayed anyone.

    Me, I just always argued my point. Arturo was stupid, he was not going to be able to outlast Chapo and Mayo. Not to mention there was some serious gay stuff going on with the Beltran brothers. By the way I like to brag that I was the first to call that gay shit on the Beltran brothers, remember ILegal putttooo H and puttttooo Arputo share the same blood, don’t be suprised when more proof of their gay shit comes out. All I have ever been with my conclusions was right.

    Plus ILegal is an idiot. He likes to think he has the inside info on the drug war but he is always wrong. The most pathetic thing about the guy is that he is the type to believe his own lies to make himself feel good. So I mess with the guy, got him so mad one time that he wanted to meet up with me. Could you believe that, this idiot actually wanted to fight because I insulted his precious Arputo.

    So easy off on thinking I actually care for those guys. A mi la muerto de el Chapo y Mayo nomas me dara risa. ILegal when Arputo died tried to slit his wrist and go with him. ILegal is a shamless Beltran whore and that’s why I mess with him.

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  14. couldn’t agree with you more

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  15. I understand move, u know most info u can get off net to keep up but u got to be in the circle to know wats really goin on, I myself know a couple people here and there and we talk wenever I bump into them, u know ur right some people get offended ,my friends from down the street listen to corridos everyday and last week I told them cds was shit and they got so mad they started tellin me chapo this mayo dat lol it was hilarious, but on the real I think cds is on its way out, wat u think?

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    El Doble J Reply:

    CDS has an agreement with the Mexican government so I doubt they will be on their way out anytime soon. Pinche gobierno esta mas corrupto que la chihuahuada. I recommend you guys read “Los Senores del Narco” to get an idea of who really is running the cartels.

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    move Reply:

    Sinaloa out at this point? How can they when they got the biggest chunk of border? All the Beltrans have in Sonora and northern Sinaloa is a bunch of stragglers that refused to believe they lost. Everyone makes too much out of the violence. Like Sinaloa is losing control, but then you look at their enemies and their allies they don’t look so bad.

    First the Zetas, they need to force people in their ranks and steal for food. They have to steal weapons and ammo form the people in the pueblos because they can’t afford them anymore. They are a pathetic group of petty extortionists now, their money maker is extortion. They don’t threaten Sinaloa in the drug trade at all, not even close. Not that they don’t traffic drugs either, but to the scale Sinaloa does I don’t think so.

    Juarez the streets are bloody but the loads are getting through. I said this before, low level street guys killing each other like crazy don’t concern guys like Chapo in the least bit. Even the FBI says Chapo’s loads are getting through Juarez no problem. What Juarez is doing is holding on to territory, much of what the Zetas are doing, but the drug routes are being used by Chapo and he is not paying the plaza fee to Juarez. Which was what they are fighting about to begin with. That’s why Chapo had el Nino de Oro killed.

    Now the allies

    The Arellanos, yes the Arellanos are allies now, el Ingeniero made peace with the Sinaloans. It should be painfully clear by now they are both working the Tijuana plaza, the only fighting over their is done by low level street dealers that don’t matter. But you look at the whole California border and Sinaloa has complete access to it.

    La Familia or Templarios or whatever those weirdos call themselves next month. Yeah they are weird and out their but they have full control of a state, Michoacan, and full control of a port of entry Lazaro Cardenas. People can talk shit about those guys, and I do too, but you can’t deny they put it down on whoever. Hell I’m even one of those that believe that Nazario is not really dead because they never found his body and the only reason the government says he is dead is because the Familia themselves said so through their radio station. Anyways La Familia keep on expanding fast, they keep gaining ground in Jalisco and Guerrero. In Colima they are working with Chapo to keep contras out, for that very important Mazanillo port. Think about the very important smuggling routes that’s in their hands because of their location, they are a very important ally.

    CDG what I can say about them is that their war with the Zetas is what I think is making the Zetas lose resources. Their war for Tamaulipas is costing the Zetas a lot of money and man power. It’s one of the reasons I believe they have been so low on cash recently. Not that it’s not affecting CDG either but they have stonger allies. The way that CDG the most is that it keeps those masses of low lifes know as the Zetas busy.

    And Sinaloa, well of the biggest drug seisures are alway connected to them. They cocaine lab Honduras was who? Sinaloa. Smuggling to Australia? Sinaloa. When it comes to actual drug dealing nobody tops them. It’s just an observation, but right now if you look at the drug routes they are looking good, never mind the violence.

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    Valentina Reply:

    If you put this much time and effort into school you would probably have a degree by now. I’m not being a smart ass, it’s merely an observation. So take it as a compliment, Move, not an insult.

    You guys are better informed than DEA agents.

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    sw 40 Reply:

    Good point but u dnt think el pan might turn on cds becuz of all the lost public opinion, I mean if the elections where to be held today el pan would lose.people in mexico want a change they want all these murders to go away, and its funny how arrellanos turned allies to cds even after they killed ramon. Business is business never personal lol

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  16. stfup

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  17. I take a side only when I see value in obtaining peace in a plaza. El Chapo will never take Juarez, therefore he needs to get his dumb asses out of there and let Juarez get back to normal. After 4 years, he has lost.

    Next, the fooking Zetas need to leave Tamaulipas so that that border area has a little peace. For that matter, I don’t give a damn who goes after the Zetas.

    I am enjoying the heat that La Linea and the Zetas are putting on El Chapo’s plaza. His neighbors are feeling what Juarez, Tj, Nuevo Laredo and others have felt. I do not wish that the Zetas take is territory as I do not wish that on anybody. You have to admit, El Chapo’s conflicts are self imposed.

    Move, illegal, drift, it’s been a while. I hope all is well with “all” of you. Has Rabbit been around.

    Move, you and Illegal argue like two of my old girlfriends do. They can’t let it go. Both of you are still good with me.

    I have read some recent stuff on female sicarios that are very active in Juarez. La Linea is looking good there and making strong moves. A female, that is a move you might not see coming.

    Since we are taking credit, I do remember telling y’all that the Juarez Cartel would hold Juarez. Was I right?

    Down with Zetas, Sinaloans go home.

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  18. Move, where u been with this one? Or were you being quiet because you are the brother of the dirty B.P. Agent who is a Mexican Mafia member?

    http://www.yumasun.com/articles/atondo-69119-border-patrol.html

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  19. cayo el negro sabori…aver como se pone el pedo en tubutama

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  20. Good read Marizco, Damn the Move and illegal saga continues, I have to say Move has the edge Arturo and Chaka is very interesting, I heard something about Chaka being a homo once on the radio while I was driving into Chicago shortly after he passed away..Ke le decian La Chakira al guey, se ponia bien coko y se le boltiaba al puto.

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  21. Good read Marizco, Damn the Move and illegal saga continues, I have to say Move has the edge Arturo and Chaka is very interesting, I heard something about Chaka being a homo once on the radio while I was driving into Chicago shortly after he passed away..Ke le decian La Chakira al guey, se ponia bien coko y se le boltiaba al puto.ha ha

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  22. Have I been banned?? My comments wont post.

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  23. Is it true que El Macho Prieto se alio con los Beltran Leyva y Carrillo?

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  24. Sorry for being late on the response

    T_R_C

    I agree with you that Vicente is not going out silently into the night, but even if Chapo backs off of Juarez it will not change a thing. The streetgangs are not going to call it quits just because Chapo moves on somewhere else. The most important thing about Chihuahua in general is that the people doing the fighting on behalf of Chapo is Chihuahuan themselves. When Juarez set up that La Linea shit it they officially alienated themselves from drug traffickers in Chihuahua. La Linea are just government goons that only know how to make a living is demanding kickbacks. They were demanding to much money from the actual drug traffickers in the state. That’s why Chapo was confident enough to invade Juarez’s territories, he has a lot of local backing. And the locals backing him are not just going to give up if Chapo left.

    “I am enjoying the heat that La Linea and the Zetas are putting on El Chapo’s plaza. His neighbors are feeling what Juarez, Tj, Nuevo Laredo and others have felt. I do not wish that the Zetas take is territory as I do not wish that on anybody. You have to admit, El Chapo’s conflicts are self imposed.”

    Which plaza’s will those be? Sonora is just Beltran holdouts that have to replenish their ranks with the force labor Zeta recruits. Same thing in Sinaloa and Nayarit. Did you see the photos of el Chaguin, he was a Beltran member, the Federales shoot him down, there was a picture of his wife too. Very blonde lady and Chaguin was very light too. Then you see the people they arrested with him. Very dark mofos, those are the Zeta recuits they use to fill their ranks because nobody wants to join those low lives. What’s worse is that since Artruro died his group is split many ways. In Arturo’s old base, central and southern Mexico, the diffirent groups are fighting eachother. That’s were he had most of his power and people. The people loyal to Arturo in nothern are just like I said before, stragglers that refused to believe they lost. The reason the Beltran supporters up north don’t fight eachother is because they can’t afford to, you know why, because they are the ones surrounded by enemies. The Salazars were Beltran backers now they are Sinaloan backers because they know were the money is. Same thing with the Avendanos in Sinaloa, they saw who was more powerfull so they ended up backing Chapo and Mayo. Every one that had a brain and money making ability in the Beltran group is ditching them. And the same goes for Juarez. The Zetas are always worthless, but that Juarez is even asking for their help tells you how desperate Vicente really is.

    “I have read some recent stuff on female sicarios that are very active in Juarez. La Linea is looking good there and making strong moves. A female, that is a move you might not see coming.”

    In my opinion Juarez is trying to look strong. Think about it like this Sinaloa were the ones that started killing police that were working for La Linea. Now La Linea is the one the very same thing. What does that tell me? To me it seems like La Linea is lossing it’s grip the police forces, they are bringing in new people. Why you think Leyzaola is being brought in. The female sicarios thing I don’t think is knew because they have been doing story about in Mexico for a while now

    Now Valentina
    “If you put this much time and effort into school you would probably have a degree by now. I’m not being a smart ass, it’s merely an observation. So take it as a compliment, Move, not an insult.”

    Didn’t you get checked last time you down talked people here you make believe lawyer. You can’t win arguments in this little blog how in hell is your lame ass going to win in the court room? Now take that as an insult. Look you dumb whore I tend to remember things real well, and the last time you talked about your life you hated it. Talking about how you work for some assholllleee that smells like farts, remember right? What? You got another job with a boss that you like, so now you feel high and mighty again. Having a college degree means nothing to a guy like me. I look at it as a suckers deal, spending hundreds of thosands of dollars for a stupid piece of paper that won’t get you enough money to pay for it right away. Go ahead feel all proud of yourself because you got suckered. Look at Tantos, he went to college and didn’t do him any good, he just said fvck it and got a union job. How about Yeyo another college boy that hates paying his student loan, really you need a college degree to be a personal trainer? Another worthless scam, you need college degree to tell a fat house wife to put the cheesecake down and move her lazy fat ass a bit.

    No I’m ok on that whole college thing, I would much rather keep my money thank you. I love my life the way it is. If right now I would get the urge to anywhere in this country for a few months I wouldn’t have to worry about bosses or school schedules. And it’s been that way since I was 15. My dad left his home when he was 13 and can barely read, but he is great at making things that people pay a lot of money for and so does my mom. Nothing illegal it’s all in the up and up. But in my family we pride our selves in being our own bosses, I ain’t no slave to a bank loan or a worhless job. Never a burden to my family, never asked my parents for money because I never needed it. Bet you still get cash from your daddy when you come up a little short don’t you.

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  25. Benjamin Arellano extradited today.

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