Note: This one should be of particular interest to legal folks, any
ties to F&F also?
Despite what we hear from some quarters, what if he right?
Prosecutor's Respond To Drug Lord's Claims Of Cooperation
By Michel Marizco
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Prosecutor's Respond To Drug Lord
TUCSON — The arguments filed in the drug conspiracy case against
Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla have taken more twists than the
smuggling networks he's accused of creating.
U.S. prosecutors in this major Mexican drug cartel case have told a
federal judge that they never agreed to work with him. Now, they're
asking to limit just how much of their own information the defendant
can have access to.
Zambada, known as "El Mayito", is the son of the powerful Mexican
drug lord Ismael Zambada Garcia. He is accused of smuggling tons of
cocaine into the U.S.
His response earlier this year was that he did so with the full
knowledge of American federal drug agents. He said he can prove it.
U.S. officials said that never happened. But they're apparently
worried about what he may ask from them to prove his case. So to keep
him from getting everything they have on the Sinaloa Cartel, they
filed a motion called the Classified Information Procedures Act.
Peter Henning, an organized crime expert at Wayne State University
Law School, said the CIPA rule is a prosecutor's defense against what
he calls "graymail."
That's a kind of legal strategy akin to poker. If prosecutors don't
share what the defendant asks for, they risk having the case
dismissed. If they do, they risk sharing classified information that
is overly sensitive, Henning said.
"It's a way to try to protect classified information and yet still
allow a defendant to obtain the discovery they're entitled to," the
He said it's the kind of limiting request prosecutors use in terror
or spy cases, not drugs. Then again, no drug lord at Zambada's level
has claimed collusion the way he has.
"This case will have more twists and turns," Henning said. "It
certainly is interesting."
The U.S. has already admitted that Zambada's earlier claims were
right: The man whose case was dismissed in San Diego, Humberto Loya,
is noted as a "fugitive cooperating defendant."
They said Zambada did meet with DEA agents in Mexico, but that they
were not authorized to meet with him and he did so against their wishes.
Note: and then this;
US Prosecutors Fear Jailbreak Plot by Sinaloa "Cartel" Leader Zambada
Sunday, September 18, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex
Narco-Trafficker's Plea for Outdoor Recreation, If Granted, Also May
Prompt Assassination Attempt by "Rival Cartels," Government Lawyers
By: Bill Conroy
In what might best be described as a drug-war induced flashback to
Prohibition-era Chicago, US prosecutors are raising concerns that a
high-level Mexican Sinaloa "Cartel" gangster now being held in a
downtown jail in the Windy City might be setting the stage for a John
Dillinger-like prison break — with a bit of a high-rise James Bond
Attorneys for alleged Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization "kingpin"
Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, who is now imprisoned in Chicago
awaiting trial, filed a brief in federal court earlier this month
accusing the US government of violating their client's Constitutional
rights because he has been denied access to outdoor recreation
"Vicente [Zambada Niebla] is presumed innocent of any offense yet he
is held under conditions that violate due process, the Eighth
Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, as well as
International human rights and fundamental norms of human decency,"
the pleadings allege. "Vicente has been in custody of the Bureau of
Prisons since March of 2010, at the Metropolitan [Correctional]
Center in Chicago ("MCC"). Although as a pretrial detainee he is
presumed innocent and has violated no BOP regulation, he is in the
MCC's Special Housing Unit (SHU). The cells are approximately 10 x 6
The MCC is a high-rise prison complex located in Chicago's downtown
and is surrounded by other, taller skyscrapers. The only outdoor
exercise facility in the MCC is on the building's roof.
In pleadings filed in federal court this past Friday in reaction to
Zambada Niebla's demand for outdoor recreation opportunities, US
prosecutors argue against providing him with access to the MCC's
rooftop, alleging the following:
The Warden [of the MCC] notes, in particular, defendant's status as
an alleged member of a significant criminal organization with
attendant risks both to defendant's security from nearby buildings
and that of the institution should defendant's organization
contemplate an escape.
Note: more F&F fallout?
LOS CÁRTELES ADQUIEREN 8 DE CADA 10 ARMAS EN ESTADOS UNIDOS
Sábado 17 de septiembre de 2011
México, DF. Los grupos del crimen organizado que operan en México
obtienen ocho de cada 10 armas en Estados Unidos. La mayoría fueron
traídas a territorio mexicano por Texas y Arizona, y las
investigaciones realizadas por la Procuraduría General de la
República (PGR) ya han permitido identificar al menos 25 compradores
Según datos del quinto Informe de labores de la PGR, se menciona que
los estados donde grupos mexicanos se abastecen de armas son
principalmente: Texas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida,
Ohio y Lousiana.
En ese contexto, el Ministerio Público Federal ha enviado a recibir
cursos de capacitación a 39 agentes adscritos a la Unidad
Especializada en Investigación de Terrorismo y Acopio y Tráfico de
Armas (UEITA), y como parte de la Iniciativa Mérida, algunas de esas
asignaturas son impartidas por elementos de la agencia de alcohol,
tabaco y armas de fuego (ATF) de Estados Unidos.
Asimismo, se diseñó un protocolo entre autoridades de México y
Estados Unidos para intercambiar información "para la judicialización
de los casos (…) y por primera vez se ha podido lograr el rastreo
inmediato de 60 por ciento de las armas que se encuentran bajo
investigación de la UEITA".
Los rastreos de información "han permitido conocer la identidad de
personas de origen hispano o estadunidense que han participado en la
introducción clandestina de armas de esa nación a México (…) se han
reconocido rutas y personas en el delito de tráfico y acopio de
armas. La base de datos ha permitido detectar hasta ahora a 25
compradores potenciales que ya se encuentran bajo investigación",
señala el documento de la PGR.
El intercambio de información ha permitido constatar a las
autoridades mexicanas que las armas con mayor presencia en las
incautaciones a la delincuencia organizada en los estados del norte
son calibre .223 o tipo AR-15 y armas calibre 7.62 conocidos como el
AK-47 o cuernos de chivo aunque entre los implementos decomisados
también se encuentran lanzagranadas y subametralladoras.