The legal strategy of "El Chapo" Isidro to avoid prison
The United States offers a reward of 5 million dollars for him, but in Mexico the arrest warrants against him fall in the courts
by MARTÍN DURÁN
Culiacán, Sinaloa.- Since 2017, the Sinaloa Capo Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, El Chapito Isidro, considered by the DEA as one of the last leaders of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, undertook a legal strategy to revert the arrest warrants that exist against him for the crimes of organized crime. And so far, the Mexican courts have been on his side.
Not so the Federal Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, which maintains an extradition request for the capo originating from the municipality of Guasave, in northern Sinaloa, to be arrested and taken to the bench of the accused, indicated by the Prosecutor's Office to form part of the organization of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, "El Mochomo", sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2017.
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On the other hand, the magistrates of the collegiate court in criminal matters based in Mazatlan confirmed that the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF), attached to the PGR, integrated the preliminary investigation against it using invalidated and tried testimonies, so it proceeded to request the cancellation of the judicial order issued by the sixth district judge of Los Mochis.
In Monterrey, the Second District Judge granted last April the protection of federal justice against another detention order marked with criminal process 175/2011, whose final resolution is being analyzed by a Monterrey-based collegiate court.
But also, as a legal strategy, Flores Meza complained to the authorities about acts of "harassment and torment".
According to the public document obtained by LA SILLA ROTA, "El Chapito" alleged that these acts are carried out by the authorities "by constantly going to my private home and threatening my relatives with causing damage to their physical integrity, not giving them the right place in which I am. "
Point to point, an arrest warrant without effect
According to file 18/2018, publicly consulted in the Judiciary, the Sixth District judge released an arrest warrant for organized crime on May 3, 2013, once the PGR had captured alleged members of the criminal cell that operated in the municipalities of Guasave, Sinaloa de Leyva, Ahome and El Fuerte, among them one of his uncles, Agustín Flores Apodaca, "El Bellaco".
Agustín Flores Apodaca, "El Bellaco". (Special)
To integrate the evidence -asked the document consulted- the Federal Public Ministry attached:
a) The informative part of the Federal Police on the capture of El Bellaco in Guasave, which occurred on June 21, 2012, as well as:
b) 7 ministerial statements of detainees accused of being part of their organization. Among them, mainly El Bellaco, who told the public prosecutor that his nephew was the leader of the group.
A Flores Apocada was granted a lap-top and a USB flash drive with key information about the transfer of drugs to the United States, but the material was encrypted.
"Regarding the evidence identified with paragraphs a and b (cited above), the judge of amparo noted that they could not be taken into account as evidence against the complainant (Meza Flores) since both probances were analyzed and invalidated by the Sixth Judge of the District of Sinaloa, "says the file.
And it is that "El Bellaco" could not prove the crime of organized crime, only the carrying of weapons and drugs, because the informative part of the Federal was invalidated by amparo because the police made available to Flores Apodaca 20 hours after the arrest, so his ministerial statement where he points to "El Chapo" Isidro as his boss, was canceled.
Thus, the magistrates determined that it applied the "res judicata" guidelines, giving Flores Meza the definitive protection. "El Bellaco", on the other hand, had an extradition order to the Federal Court of Arizona, executed on October 21, 2015.
In the preliminary investigation against "El Chapo" Isidro, the PGR also used an official document issued by the National Center for Planning, Analysis and Information for Combating Crime (CENAPI), which the collegiate court dismissed for not complying with the requirements of law to be a forceful proof.
The DEA and the US Treasury attribute an age of 36 years to June 19 last. According to the card revealed in 2013, Meza Flores began his criminal career in 2000, when he was barely 18 years old.
The first time his name appeared publicly was in the massacre of 7 people on a cruise in the city of Guamúchil, occurred in 2008, when the federal government claimed that the capture of "El Mochomo" led to Arturo Beltrán Leyvto the break with the Sinaloa cartel, commanded by Joaquín Guzmán Loera and Ismael Zambada García.
With the promotion of the aliancista Mario López Valdez to the governorship in Sinaloa, the police and army forces concentrated their operations in the northern region of the state, where the groups linked to the Beltrán Leyva dominated. Then he started an intense hunt to capture "El Chapo" Isidro.
From 2011 to 2012, the operatives sent by López Valdez managed to capture several of his lieutenants, such as Geovany Lizárraga Ontiveros, brother of Samuel Lizárraga Ontiveros, "El Tortillero", arrested in Querétaro in November last year. In response, the hosts of Meza Flores and "Los Mazatlecos" attacked the police corporations, causing the death of more than 30 police officers in different ambushes.
Photos and statements were leaked by the government of Malova, where "El Chapo" Isidro appears with his wife in a church, as well as the structure of his clan, which included the brothers Jesus and Ignacio González Peñuelas, today detained.
In 2013 the media exposure of the organization was also growing as the violence that left hundreds of homicides and forced disappearances. The Treasury Department sent "El Chapito" and his family, including his father, Fausto Isidro Meza Angulo, his mother Angelina Flores Apodaca, his sister Angely and his wife Araceli Chan Inzunza.
"El Chapo" Isidro with his wife Araceli Chan. (Special)
Along with the names of his family, the Treasury placed the name of three companies allegedly linked to money laundering: Auto Service Jatziry SA de CV (Jatziry is the name of a daughter of Isidro), Constructora Jatziry SA de CV and Autotransportes Terrestres SA de CV, all with address in Guasave.
But despite the arrest or death of his alleged collaborators, "El Chapo" Isidro has never been arrested. In August 2014, after the capture of "El Chapo" Guzmán in Mazatlán, the Navy was about to arrest him in Sinaloa de Leyva in an operation that left 12 of his men killed and an element of the U.S. United States Marshalls injured.
According to security sources in Sinaloa, that was the last time the government mounted an operation to go against it. Since then it seems that it vanished. Currently, according to these same sources, an alleged alliance with Aureliano Guzmán Loera is attributed to him, "El Guano", brother of "El Chapo" who is in a violent dispute with the sons of the drug kingpin in New York.
In the cell left by Jesús Carlos Salmón Higuera, "El Macaco", one of his gunmen from Meza Flores, left his signature after escaping with a former collaborator of "Los Chapitos": "100% Chapo Isidro". Now, with two protections on the list, the capo of Guasave needs to evade the extradition that weighs against him still.
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