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THE TWINS WHO BETRAYED EL CHAPO GUZMAN




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The trial that followed Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of El Mayo Zambada, in Chicago has put the spotlight many of the cards on the war on drugs. One of the most important, no doubt, is the alleged deal between the government of the United States and some of the most prominent leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The agreement, which in this text are given several clues, now has been unknown by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for its acronym in English), but there is a slight possibility that the Court of Chicago will know more details of the pact and covert operations of U.S. agents in Mexico.

Criminal proceedings against Zambada Niebla also revealed a little known fact: the existence of Pedro and Margarito Flores, a Mexican father twins, who became the czars of coca in Chicago and, to save his life, decided to wear a recorder hidden in the body and betray the Mexico's most wanted drug traffickers: Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.


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CHICAGO - "Do not go to Sinaloa," begged his father twins. You could not trust the cartel. But the old man did not listen. He said that the race of a lifetime as trafficker something must assert and, therefore, deserve special treatment. He could reason with El Chapo .

That said Margarito Flores. And nothing more.

Some time later, police found his car abandoned in the desert of Sinaloa, with a message to their children, joined the windshield: "Tell those sons of bitches to shut up or we'll send you your heads." Margarito Flores never again know or hear anything. Of his sons Pedro and Margarito, either. It was 2009, a year in which the war on drugs and threw a bloody balance.

The Department of Justice United States kept secret where are the twins, now converted to their informants. In a few months, will testify against Vicente Zambada Niebla, El Vicentillo , a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and one of the kingpins most important Mexican cases prosecuted in a U.S. court.

 Apart from his business, something in common Flores joins twins and son of El Mayo Zambada: their real or alleged collaboration with U.S. justice in espionage operations against rival groups.

At the request of the DEA, Margarito agreed to wear a wire to record his conversations with The Vicentillo and with the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel: Joaquin El Chapo Guzman and Ismael El Mayo Zambada.

Zambada Niebla's attorneys contend he was also working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, providing information about the rival groups in exchange for favorable treatment: the DEA, they argue, it looked the other way and pretended not to be aware of the "tons of drugs ( El Vicentillo ) got smuggled into Chicago and other U.S. cities. "

Although still months away Zambada Niebla's trial, the documents filed in court show two key facts: Chicago became the largest drug distribution center in the United States , and the trial will reveal embarrassing details about the U.S. government cooperation with some of the world's most powerful drug traffickers.

The twins started in the business by his father, who was a dealer in old school, a man in whom the Sinaloa Cartel could trust. Over time, their children, twins, also gain confidence and direct access to the boss of bosses, the Chapo Guzman.

Gringos Twins are first generation, born in Chicago, in the suburb of Mexican immigrants known as Pilsen, and raised very close by: in La Villita. Drugs were plentiful in these rough neighborhoods whose streets gangs controlled the distribution.

Thanks to his father's links with El Chapo , the brothers could avoid a gang and at the same time avoid the square disputes. Its business model was simple: engaged in the drug store. Nothing more.

The drugs reached U.S. territory in speedboats, fishing boats, Boeing 747 cargo containers on ships, submarines and even tractors. The shipments came through Los Angeles, where they were transported in trucks and delivered modest stores Bedford Park and Chicago. Hence, the load is divided and hid in cellars other cities near Chicago, as Justice, Romeoville and Plainfield.

The twins built between 2001 and 2008, perhaps the largest distribution network that authorities have seen in history. Received cocaine directly from Mexico-the purest that could be found in the streets and sold in bulk, moving between 500 and 2000 thousand kilos per month, according to the documents filed in court.

The twins of the merchandise sold to middlemen, who mixed it and resold to narcomenudistas distributed throughout Chicago. In addition, the brothers Flores restocked to wholesalers throughout the United States and soon became the head of a distribution network that reached Milwaukee in the north, west and Vancouver in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, in the this.

The business flourished in a short time and the pace of sales was such that the twins could not keep to hide wads of dollars on the walls of houses and condominiums in Chicago, Hinsdale, Palos Hills and Plainfield, all registered to girlfriends and family with no criminal record.

The time came when there was not enough confidence prestanombres to conceal so much money, so I decided to venture into legitimate businesses to launder their proceeds. Pedro and Margarito then opened a barbershop called Millennium Cuts and a Mexican restaurant which was christened as Mama's Kitchen.

To get an idea of how big were the operations of flowers, just compare your annual income, estimated at $ 700 million, according to The Washington Post - with the value all of the drugs seized in the streets of Chicago: 208 000 000 dollars in 2009, 139 million in 2008 and 118 million in 2007, according to the Chicago Police Department.

That is, in any year of drug seizures never reached a third of the value of what the Flores clan won. Operations of the flowers have grown so much not so surprising, considering that Chicago has one of the largest populations of Mexicans in the United States , says Special Agent Jack Riley, head of the Chicago Regional Division of the DEA.

"That allows mixed Mexican drug traffickers, unnoticed, while benefiting from the support of family and friends," says Riley. "The families in the United States are key to the cartels: trust is critical to their operations. "

Even when business support in his family had contacts in Mexico, Flores twins managed to maintain its independence from the cartels that controlled drug delivery.



In fact, for six years (2002-2008) benefited from the pact between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva. As a result, twins could control the flow of drug.

It ended, however, in May 2008. In an atmosphere marked by mutual distrust, Alfredo Beltran Leyva was arrested in Mexico. The group blamed Beltran El Chapo authorities to reveal the whereabouts of his brother and declared war on the Sinaloa Cartel: the escalation of violence in the streets of Culiacán cost the lives of 387 people in the bloody summer of 2008.

The ethics of violence by violence quickly got out of control and threatened the lives of members of the Flores family. The twins decided to cooperate with U.S. justice from a government-proposed agreement whose details have not been made public.

So, the twins revealed sensitive information to U.S. authorities. Perhaps one of the strongest contributions of the brothers Flores to U.S. intelligence services are child Margarito talks with leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, secretly recorded in October 2008 and whose transcripts were published by the Office of the Federal Attorney Chicago.

Margarito had a recorder attached to his body during his encounter somewhere in the mountains of Sinaloa, Vicente Zambada Niebla, his father, Ismael El Mayo Zambada Garcia, and El Chapo .

The recordings reveal the degree of familiarity between them at one point in the conversation, you can hear how it goes Vicente Margarito affectionately called "twin" - which, given the secrecy with which these men handle their business, represents a extraordinary approach.

In one of the recorded conversations, listening to El Mayo complain: "This government is letting the gringos do what they want," referring to President Felipe Calderon and his policy of close cooperation with U.S. authorities.

 -We are fucking everywhere-tertiary El Chapo .

Firepower-how more and how to use it-is a recurring theme in the excerpts of the taped conversations. Vincent is heard asking Margarito getting explosives and military-grade weapons. Even hear him express his desire to "send a message" to the U.S. authorities with the explosion of a government building or any media in Mexico City. These attacks never happened.

-Twin-says The Vicentillo -recording, you know people who come back from war. Find someone who can give you powerful weapons, gringa shit ... we do not want junk. I want to fly some buildings. We have many grenades have many .50 caliber weapons, we're tired of AKs.

The Vicentillo was arrested in March 2009 after an operation by an elite team of army and federal police in Mexico City.

According to U.S. court documents where it is processed, to Zambada Niebla is accused of being the logistical coordinator of sending drug shipments for the Sinaloa Cartel.

The day that The Vicentillo was paraded before cameras in handcuffs in the custody of the army, wore a stylish haircut, a blue corduroy jacket, dark jeans and a striped shirt unbuttoned.

The man who is credited with being the leader of the death squads in war Sinaloa Cartel against the Beltran Leyva family, looked more like a nominee Latin Grammy a criminal.

Vicente Zambada Niebla captured media attention in March 2011 when filed in court a plea of ​​innocence of the charges attributed to him, arguing that he had an immunity agreement with the DEA.

Zambada's defense claimed immunity and "public authority", a particular type of immunity granted when someone acts under the auspices of the U.S. government. Zambada Niebla claims that the U.S. justice system gave him carte blanche to coordinate drug smuggling operations in Chicago and throughout the United States, and that allowed him to also send billions of dollars in cash to Mexico.

The son of El Mayo also argues that the U.S. was complicit It supplied the Sinaloa Cartel semiautomatic weapons, which were then used in the war against their enemies.

The circumstances in which Zambada Niebla was arrested have raised suspicions. According to documents filed last year by both the prosecution and the defense, just five hours before the operation he was captured in one of his safe houses, Zambada Niebla had met with two DEA special agents on site Sheraton located opposite the U.S. Embassy.

Zambada Niebla attended the meeting with DEA ​​agents accompanied by Humberto Loya Castro, lawyer and adviser to the Sinaloa Cartel. The defense said it had agreed to act as intermediary in the communication of the DEA with the cartel.

Humberto Castro or Commander Loya Loya, like his co refer to it, is nothing less than the key to the defense of El Vicentillo . Loya served since the eighties as a confidant and legal advisor of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The prosecutor handling the case filed in the Northern District Court of Chicago Loya documents confirming that the service acted as informant for the DEA.

Loya Castro was an unknown name until he made a prominent appearance in July 2011 at the court at the request of the defense of Zambada.

The document places Loya Castro as "a ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel" and "a close confidant" to Chapo Guzman and May Zambada, leaders of the largest network of distribution of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the United States .

Documents filed in court by both the defense and the prosecution agree on the basics: Loya contact with U.S. counternarcotics agencies began in 1995, when he was tried in absentia in a U.S. District Court in San Diego.

 A Loya was blamed bribe Mexican authorities to prevent the seizure of drug shipments and purchase directors of both criminal and senior officials of the PGR to rid themselves of police custody to cartel members.



The indictment even mention the existence of a telephone recording in which a cartel member assures another Loya knows people in prison in Arizona that could accept a bribe in exchange for help to a member of the cartel to escape from prison.

Loya Castro was never arrested. However, in the late nineties began cooperating as an informant for the DEA. According to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Loya met regularly with U.S. agents in Mexico. For more than a decade given information about people involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

But Fitzgerald, who resigned in June, denied the allegations in Zambada Niebla. "Contrary to what the defense says, was not granted immunity (to The Vicentillo ), nor was offered immunity Loya Castro, "he told the Federal Court in Chicago in September 2011.

Despite official denials, the DEA agreement with Loya Castro was revealed on September 9 last year, just before it took place one of the six preparatory hearings for a trial that is still delayed. The agreement, which can be downloaded from the internet, showing the relationship of Loya to the DEA in the last decade.

But that's no surprise. Vanda Felbab Brown, a researcher at the Brookings Institute, says it's common for cartels provide information to the U.S. drug agencies in order to harm rival groups. And is that Zambada Niebla senior gives more value as an informant. "Not a dealer offering any information. By contrast, is in a very strong position, which provides another dimension to the issue, "says Brown Felbab emeequis .

To this we must add that it is extremely politically exploitable, "why justice is not to make public any such agreement."

Lawrence Rosenthal, a former federal prosecutor who specializes in cases involving organized crime in Chicago, believes it will be interesting to see how the court reacts to the Zambada allegation that the DEA agents promised immunity during his meeting hours before apprehended him in Mexico City.

"If there was a promise of immunity in March 2009, the matter is further complicated," says a emeequis Rosenthal, now a law professor at Chapman University in California.

"Since the government seems to have tacitly accepted the immunity agreement that Loya Castro offered to drop the charges against him, I can not rule out the possibility that Zambada Niebla also been offered, but that does not mean that in retroactively, without legal consequences are already committed crimes. "

Safety during preliminary hearings against the son of El Mayo Zambada was extreme. The authorities feared that the Sinaloa Cartel corruptive use his power to facilitate his escape from prison, as did El Chapo when he escaped from the Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart in 2001.

Against that backdrop, the authorities did not hesitate: Zambada Niebla was confined to an isolation cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison located 27 floors in the business district of Chicago.

According to a lawyer familiar with the case, was deprived of daylight and almost any contact, except for the prison staff with a range of not less than lieutenant, who was allowed to proceed as long as it did not short distance. Their meals were served in aluminum dishes and slid through a slot in the door of his cell of 1.8 by 2.4 meters, the lawyer said.

In September 2011, Judge Ruben Castillo received a request from the defense of the son of El Mayo to be allowed to exercise outdoors. The prosecutor responded negatively: read to the court a letter from Catherine Linaweaver, director of the correctional facility in which it warned that allow access to the Vicentillo the recreational area located on the roof of the prison could provoke an attack, or even dramatic escape Hollywood style.

However, the representative of the Department of Justice of the United States, Thomas Shakeshaft, eventually relented. "Mr. Zambada Niebla will be transferred to another institution," he told the judge.

Nearly three years in prison in Mexico and the United States have made ​​the bravado that once distinguished to The Vicentillo go fading.

 Years of isolation have tempered this trait: the mockery that was etched on his face gave way to a nervous tic. His hair before styling has been completely shaved. Her shaved stubble looks now. Dark circles are marked on his face.

Zambada was transferred in October to a federal prison in Milan, Michigan. However, his lawyers have complained that the conditions of his confinement are worse, with new restrictions for visitors. The location of the prison, five hours from Chicago, has led to the defense accused the government of hindering communication with your client.

No drug could receive preferential treatment in federal prisons in the United States. Much less a boss who is willing to reveal sensitive details in court about the covert operations of U.S. agents in Mexico.

The Flores brothers' cooperation with the U.S. government has led to an intense exchange in court between the prosecution and the defense of the twins.

In the center of the dispute is the disclosure of official documents containing information about the agreements and deals between U.S. federal agents and traffickers, kept secret until now by the government of that country.

United States is struggling to keep these documents under seal, or at least to limit as much as the information may be disclosed. The prosecutor warned the judge Castillo Shakeshaft if agrees to the request of the son of El Mayo Zambada could compromise undercover operations in Mexico over a U.S. agency.

Meanwhile, Zambada's lawyers demand to know what promises did the U.S. government to twins Flowers in exchange for their cooperation.

What kind of deal did Pedro and Margarito Flores to have recorded a cartel leaders in incriminating conversations, to notify the authorities of drug shipments that were coming and, in recent times, testify in court against the child of El Mayo Zambada?

According to prosecutors, Flores twins used various resources-as, for example, invent a shipment was of poor quality, for "having detailed conversations with many of his accomplices on shipments of heroin."

The U.S. government has said it is holding a large number of recordings of talks with twins Zambada and Chapo you talking about shipments of heroin and cocaine, and even there is at least that play ask them to get the brothers Flores military grade weaponry.

When it came time for the twins did their part, the authorities provided information that enabled them to intercept a total of 21 shipments of cocaine and heroin being transported from Los Angeles to Chicago in the fall of 2008.

On 20 August 2009, the DEA launched a raid in much of the U.S. territory and dismantled the empire of the twins. At that time, the federal prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald called the operation against Flores and the Sinaloa Cartel as a blow to "larger conspiracy to bring drugs into Chicago has been judged."

They remained silent. Never been presented to any court. His last trace is the smile of satisfaction shown in the pictures of the cards that were taken the day of his arrest. Although its exact location is kept secret, sources close to the case said to emeequis that are under federal protection in a Wisconsin prison.

The question asked by those who know the case is whether, with such punishing the Sinaloa Cartel, the U.S. government is willing to erase the criminal record of the men sent to the heart of the country thousands of kilos of pure cocaine.

Alvin Michaelson, one Zambada's lawyers accused the U.S. government to hide the record of the Flores clan for the twins may seem reliable witnesses. "We know there are witnesses interviewed here in Chicago ... have talked about the reputation of the brothers Flores as murderers, thieves, liars," said Michaelson. "Nobody trusts the Flores brothers, and no ... they are the two key witnesses in this case".

Although the government claimed to have seized nearly two billion dollars in cash in Chicago, and two houses, Michaelson argues that Flores twins goods were untouched altogether. "We believe, we know, we heard that the government gave huge benefits to both the Flores family and their friends, including the opportunity to keep their dirty money while they were working with the government ... it is possible that agents here of Chicago, were aware of the situation. "

Michaelson accused the government in court to agree with Flores twins to leave intact the organization in exchange for his help. "Look, said Michaelson, any member of the Flores family, and several of them involved in the organization, has been charged with any crime fincado. We want to know why disclaim their crimes."



Judge Castillo considered Michaelson accusations were only rhetorical.

I do not know if you're heading to the media or anyone else, 'said the judge.

-No, I address his Lordship replied Michaelson.

 When everything has come to an end, the most important of the judgment against Vicente Zambada Niebla will have been evidence of the pact between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel. Zambada is expected to plead guilty and asserting that made each and every one of the crimes he is charged as part of the U.S. war on drugs.

It is difficult to know what the judge will decide regarding the declassification of files on U.S. covert operations in Mexico. It will be a long process, in which the expertise of the Flores twins on stage plays an important role. The lower the number of declassified documents, the outcome of the trial will be more determined by a drug dealer's word against another.

The flowers are out of the drug business in Chicago. When referred to the twins, now seems to prevail a pact of silence between the authorities ever pursued. The prosecutor's office of the United States continues to argue that the main reason I have reserved the terms of the cooperation agreement with the brothers Flores is security.

Riley, director of the DEA in Chicago, says that there is nothing more to say.

An unexpected call one afternoon made a narcotics officer confirms the covenant: the mere mention of the name of the twins made drop a snicker.

- Do you find funny?

 -No comment.

(With reporting by Andrew Kennis and Jason McGahan - emeequis Magazine)


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http://www.lapoliciaca.com/nota-roja/los-gemelos-que-traicionaron-a-el-chapo-guzman/
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This story is long to translate. I will work on a better translation tomorrow. It's about time that someone betrays El Chapo, instead of the other way around. He dishes it out all the time, so he should be able to take it.
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This is the same story that was printed in timeout Chicago! Looks like they did a shitty translation as well
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Why did the Flores twins cooperate, what did they have to gain? Was it purely for protection, and comfort, I can't think that...were they really scared of the Beltrans/Zambadas war?  That story, with as much as we know, still as some odd elements to it.  How these guys were moving that kind of volume....why they cooperated, how they made it to mountaintop meetings with Mayo Zambada and his son.  I still feel sorry for Vicente Zambada, not really 'feel sorry', but emphasize, just look at the recent pictures of him.  
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They flipped because the game was changing & their own workers in Chicago were stealing from them. Those pics are not mugshots when they were arrested in 09. Those pics have been online since 2005, old drivers lincense photos.
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But, why go to the feds?  Just check out, with the millions, go vacation and disappear somewhere.  it's just so odd to me, that someone with say 20 million at their disposal, low estimate, would want to cooperate with the DEA.  

I guess they never had much heart or honor to begin with, how do you wear a wire with people who are like family to you?  

Were the feds looking at them before they went to them?  With that many kilos they must have been on the radar, they were moving like half the work in Chicago.  

These guys were on the phone with Chapo Guzman, personally, guaranteeing the quality of like 72 ounces of heroin or something, that is so strange....
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I heard the twins lost some loads to ripoffs in Chicago PD and were behind about 6 million. They went to the feds because they knew they were dead otherwise.
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They were also under indictment, which I must have read, previously, but didn't remember.  I've read that too, that one cop, Saul Rodriguez, was involved in the rip offs.  But, 6 million, big scheme of things, not a lot, buying 500 kilos at a time, 700 million a year...juts pay the tab.  What I haven't seen yet, is a comprehensive timeline of the Flores brothers/Sinaloa relationship, detailing everything known, at this point. They always chronicle the same aspects, the late years, and the Sinaloa cartel, how did they go from 1 kilo to 500?  
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

A retired Chicago police officer was accused today of working for a violent drug ring by falsely testifying in a federal trial, providing sensitive information about investigations and even helping kidnap a victim for ransom.

Glenn Lewellen, a cop from 1986 to 2002, was among five members of the drug ring who kidnapped someone at gunpoint in the summer of 2003, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment.

Lewellen is also charged with lying on the stand in a federal criminal trial in 1999 and regularly providing information about federal investigations into members of the drug ring, which was headed by Saul Rodriguez of west suburban Countryside.

The person sent to prison from the trial was released in May after prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the conviction, citing the false testimony.

The ring is also accused of committing two murders, but Lewellen is not charged in connection with them. He was arrested in Las Vegas Friday on charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The ring was broken up by federal agents last year, but the extent of the violence its members committed and its inside connections weere not detailed until today in the complaint.

In all, the ring is implicated in the murders of two men, the kidnapping of 13 people and three large-scale drug deals involving hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from 1999 to 2009.

The murders include the June 3, 2000 shooting death of Juan Luevano in Cicero, and the May 31, 2001 shooting death of Michael Garcia in Chicago. The kidnappings occurred between the summer of 2003 and October 2007, according to the indictment.

Rodriguez and five other alleged ring members were initially charged with drug trafficking in April 2009 after they were caught in a sting set up by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The indictment adds new charges against those six and includes Lewellen and three other alleged members of the drug ring.

Besides Lewellen, the new defendants include:

• Manuel Uriarte, 33, of Watsonville, Calif., charged with racketeering conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering.

• Walter Johnson, 36, of south suburban Frankfort, charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute wholesale quantities of cocaine and heroin.

• Fares Umar, 38, of Chicago, was charged with racketeering conspiracy and narcotics distribution conspiracy.

The new charges against alleged ring members arrested year include:

• Rodriguez, 35, of Countryside, racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

• Hector Uriarte, 31, of Burr Ridge, racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and brandishing a firearm.

• Jorge Uriarte, 37, of Oak Forest, racketeering conspiracy, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, kidnapping in aid of racketeering and brandishing a firearm.

• Andres Flores, 29, of Chicago, racketeering conspiracy, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and kidnapping in aid of racketeering.

• Tony Sparkman, 24, of Chicago, racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and brandishing a firearm.

• Jorge Lopez, 37, of Chicago, possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

The government is seeking forfeiture of more than $9.5 million in alleged illegal proceeds, three vehicles, two handguns, jewelry seized from Johnson valued at more than $425,000, Johnson's residence in Frankfort and three other properties he owns in Matteson and Chicago, and two properties Rodriguez owns in Nevada.

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A former Chicago cop has been arrested in Las Vegas and charged with taking part in a racketeering conspiracy that utilized murder, kidnapping, robbery and obstruction of justice to facilitate large-scale narcotics distribution.
Glenn Lewellen, an officer from 1986-2002, allegedly provided information about ongoing federal investigations to members of a criminal organization known as the “Rodriguez Enterprise,” according to the indictment returned last Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago.

Saul Rodriguez, the alleged mastermind, and five others were arrested in April 2009 when they allegedly conspired to steal hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from a warehouse in southwest suburban Channahon, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

A 10-count superseding indictment unsealed following three new arrests Friday alleges two murders, six kidnappings, robberies and three instances of distribution of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from 1999-2009, according to the release.

Lewellen, 54, of Las Vegas, was arrested there Friday and charged with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the release said. He was not charged with the murders, but was charged with taking part in a 2003 kidnapping and the robbery of 100 kilograms of cocaine and cash, the release said.

Lewellen is also charged with obstructing justice to protect the illegal activities, including testifying falsely in a federal trial in December 1999. In May 2010, after obtaining evidence of the alleged false testimony, federal prosecutors obtained a judge’s order releasing the defendant in that case from prison and vacating his narcotics conviction.

Lewellen is expected to have an initial appearance at 5 p.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Also arrested Friday were Manuel Uriarte, 33, of Watsonville, Calif.; and Walter Johnson, 36, of south suburban Frankfort. Johnson, who faces a 4:30 p.m. hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, was an alleged customer of the drug-trafficking organization who is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute wholesale quantities of cocaine and heroin.

A fourth new defendant, Fares Umar, 38, of Chicago, is in state prison and will appear at a later date in federal court. He is charged with racketeering conspiracy and narcotics distribution conspiracy, the release said.

Previously charged were Rodriguez, 35, of Countryside; Hector Uriarte, 31, of Burr Ridge; Jorge Uriarte, 37, of Oak Forest; Andres Flores, 29, of Chicago; Tony Sparkman, 24, of Chicago; and Jorge Lopez, 37, of Chicago, the release said.

All face racketeering conspiracy, narcotics and/or kidnapping charges. The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $9.5 million in alleged illegal proceeds, three vehicles, two handguns, jewelry valued at more than $425,000, Johnson’s residence in Frankfort and three other properties he owns in Matteson and Chicago, and two properties Rodriguez owns in Nevada, the release said.

The racketeering conspiracy count alleges the group used murder, kidnapping, robbery, obstruction of justice and the kidnapping of 13 unnamed victims between 2003 and 2007 to facilitate its drug operation.

The indictment alleges Rodriguez and Manuel Uriarte murdered Juan Luevano in Cicero in June 2000, and Michael Garcia in Chicago in May 2001.

The new indictment also alleges the suspects kidnapped victims, holding them for ransom or to obtain information on other potential victims; used a vehicle made to resemble an unmarked police car to facilitate kidnappings and robberies; and pretended to be police officers during robberies and kidnappings.

The RICO count also alleges they purchased wholesale quantities of narcotics to sell to customers in Chicago; and used warehouses in the area to store narcotics and cash obtained from narcotics sales.
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I wonder if Canna Guy will allow me to comment on this because the trial is happening in Chicago and not Mexico....
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Come on, give him a break. They don't have any Blackberry Kush in Rosarito, so he's irritable.
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I posted this on the main board a while back:

April 7, 2012 9:20 AM
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How they started in the game?
The twins fell into the 2nd generation of distributors in US which is anyone born between 1969 - 1982. Many reporters stated on how it is unthinkable that the capos consider them "gatekeepers" @ the age of 25. How did they gain the trust? 1st they were schooled by their father & uncles in Mex, Margarito Sr was a trusted associate of the pacific cartel in chicago late 70s early 80s. Sr had strong ties back home, the twins also had an older brother that was involved in the business through the mid 90s. they were involved @ a young age starting around 98. The older brother & one of the twins "Pedro" had gang ties, The twins were probably introduced to their connect & which point they start moving weight to their own clients. From 1998- 2004 or 2005 they primarily dealt through a person here in Chicago working for Maunel " la puerca" who was under the BLO banner but still a part of the cartel del Pacifico. During this time Pedro was still considered a mid level distributor moving any where from 100-250 a month, in milwaukee they had trouble with one of their clients & in 2002 Pedro was kidnapped & held for ransom of 150 kilos + cash.

How they ended in Mexico?
In late 2003 they fled to Mex after being indicted in Milwaukee & even more set backs here in Chi around 2004-05 when a load of 300 kilos was stolen from one of their workers. Like many individuals in the business when you lose a large load they have to answer directly to someone higher then who they were dealing with directly. This was around the time they had a sit down with the higher ups in the pacific cartel & with the twins now living in mex it was easier for folks to accept them. They had their cards pulled by mid level management & were being dealt a bad hand, in other words they wanted a better price in order to pay back all their loses. The twins opened up their books to Vincetillo & the rest present to show how much weight they moved for the group between 1999-2004. They desired to take on more responsibility but Vince did not trust them 100% @ this time they were not receiving the loads directly & unloading them in the Chi. Their crew had truck drivers, that would travel to Cali for loads of 1/4 to 1/2 ton loads bi-monthly. It was not until 2005 that Vince people in charge of transport to Chicago lost a load & the whole crew. That's when el Pacifico gave the twins the go ahead to be in charge of recieving larger loads 1000-1500 kilos, plus they had the workers in place and storage warehouses in place to pick up after that other crew was busted. So now their crew had the responsibility to safely recieve & unload the goods in chicago area.
How they moved up in the food chain?
In 05 to 06 A number of trusted mid level distribution networks were busted, individuals working under the Pacifico umbrella (nacho&valencias) group took heavy hits. So a number of their clients went looking else were for work, who were buying 100 @ a time turned to the twins. One can call this downsizing of middle management & higher profits for the capos, the price of coke shot up to 20k & stayed there for all mid level traffickers in the states. One has to question the claims of the gov that it was a consist shipments of 1-2 tons a month. But looking at the supply and demand & the fewer options the capos had to moving loads in the chi & midwest it seems possible...

more on chicago nacho's & Valencia's downfalls: http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/Corridos-myths-amp-the-real-back-story-quot-The-10-year-rat-race-begins-in-Chicago-quot-td4031195.html#a4031231
look up operation moneyclip as well, they took heavy hits
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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Could you post links to the original document in Spanish?
Some of  us like to read the original source.
This was a good article.
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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AJ put a link to original La Policiaca article at the bottom of the post.

http://www.lapoliciaca.com/nota-roja/los-gemelos-que-traicionaron-a-el-chapo-guzman/
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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Hey kid the orginal story was in timeout Chicago, it was posted a few weeks back on here: http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/Behind-the-Chicago-trial-of-a-Mexican-drug-kingpin-td4033147.html
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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Yeah, Windycitykid, I read the Timeout Chicago article, which is better before it's translate into Spanish and back to English. Thanks for the original post, it's got some good info.

I was just answering Barbujas request to read the article in Spanish.
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windy...do you know where i can find mug shots of them?  I am translating this and AJ you are correct this is one long assed post...sorry i began it but i am more than half finished
 
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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@ Chivis

lol. I didn't even try. You take full credit for this one. I'm sure that you are going to use Athena's report. She did a good job. This is a good story.
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Re: The Twins Who Betrayed El Chapo Guzman

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Hi Chivas , no need to translate just get the orginal article by By Andrew Kennis and Jason McGahan
September 20, 2012 timeout Chicago. Ateana posted a few weeks back.

Also there are have been no known release mugshots of them. The online pics of them since 2005 are of there secartary of state drivers license. When the Feds attempted to arrested them in the first indictment, one of the twins was in Mexico the other was lucky to be at a friends house that night. He quickly joined his brother in order to avoid being captured.  Pics here: http://www.usmarshals.gov/wanted/major-cases/flores-p.pdf
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:H91F4vSpoNQJ:www.usmarshals.gov/wanted/major-cases/flores-m.pdf+us+marshal+wanted+flores&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjwqh9vtl1keOvVbWmUhpuaCdZGA-f6qJDLd8jNVISjCat8VZ2UvLJnHD5PTjeTNK3kwNq21q77uIQgzv70c5N3GQh_8Keu2en6AOezseFY-9vTW7Yomwpa2fqTWzBiRmYOl7R0&sig=AHIEtbQf17bF0RXXHkZj7z9DHvdRaQUp0g

Funny back story was I was actually the barber shop getting a haircut when the ATF stopped by looking for them. In 2000, when they first opened the millennium shop on Pulaski. You got the sense that the owners had money, this old store front was completely rehabbed while all the order shops next to it were shabby or outdated.

I only followed my favorite barber to this new Shop, the twins like these puerto rican barbers from the Northside that when they opened there place and hired 5 the best guys from division st. Every time I would see Pedro @ the shop he always had that same diamond chain on. Quite frankly I thought it was a knock off like all the other wangstas were wearing @ the time. Lol  Only person's jewelry that stood out was Rudy Rangel "king Kato" 350k around his neck. We had the same barber Will, and this guy was an associate of the twins and a shotcaller within the Latin kings on 26th. Apparently one of their biggest customers (150 keys purshaed @ a time) before he was murdered in 03"
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