chapo guzmán

crime & drugs

Meet the Up-and-Coming Narcos Who Could Be Worse Than El Chapo

In the bastion of the Sinaloa cartel fears are growing that the recapture of El Chapo, and the demise of the old-guard leaders, could give the more impulsive generation of narcojuniors free rein.
Duncan Tucker
crime & drugs

Mexico Just Released a 19-Minute Video About El Chapo’s Recapture

The video reveals some previously unseen footage but leaves several questions unanswered about the operation, and contains an embarrassing mistake.
Jo Tuckman

Spain’s Arrest of an Allegedly Corrupt Mexican Governor Highlights Impunity in Mexico

Humberto Moreira is due to appear in a Madrid court on Friday following his arrest in an investigation into money laundering that reportedly also includes evidence that he was working for the Zetas cartel.
Paul Imison
crime & drugs

Here's Everything You Need To Know About What's Happened Since El Chapo's Recapture

In the week since Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was sent back to the prison from which he escaped in July, a cascade of revelations has shown drug trafficking infamy to be inextricably mixed up with Hollywood celebrity culture.
Saana Ihamäki

Sean Penn, Who? — The Leaked Messages Between El Chapo and Kate del Castillo

A series of flirtatious mobile phone messages between the drug lord and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, when he was still a fugitive, appear to show him both somewhat careless with his security, as well as ignorant of Hollywood royalty.
Andrea Noel
crime & drugs

Mexico Says Chapo Won't Be Extradited for at Least a Year, and Probably More

According to a top official at the Mexican attorney general's office, it could take four to six years if the process is contested by the drug lord's lawyers.
Alan Hernandez
crime & drugs

Mexico Says It Wants to Extradite Chapo and Predicts a Long Legal Battle With His Lawyers

The failure to extradite the drug lord before his elaborate jailbreak in July had strained relations with the United States, but now Mexico has publicly committed itself to backing existing requests for him to stand trial over the border.
VICE News and Reuters
crime & drugs

Chapo’s Return to Prison: The Hunt, the Biopic, and a Weakness for Tunnels

The drug lord is back in the same maximum-security prison from which he escaped in July after a spectacular arrest that reads like a screenplay, though the ending presumably differs from the biopic the Mexican authorities say he was planning.
Jo Tuckman

Escaped Mexican Drug Lord Chapo Guzmán Has Been Recaptured

President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the detention six months after the capo escaped from maximum-security jail.
Jo Tuckman
crime & drugs

Mexican-American Drug Lord ‘La Barbie’ Has Changed His Plea to Guilty

Edgar Valdez Villarreal pleaded guilty in US District Court in Atlanta to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money laundering in a brief “change of plea” hearing that suggested some kind of leniency deal.
Daniel Hernandez
crime & drugs

Collateral Damage in the Hunt for 'El Chapo' (Excerpt from 'Displaced in Sinaloa')

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernandez meets farmer Gonzalo Peña, whose ranch in Durango has become collateral in the Mexican Navy's hunt for 'El Chapo'.

The Year in Mexico’s Drug Wars: A Jailbreak, a Chocolate Cake, and a Washed-Up Strategy

Drug lord Chapo Guzmán's escape from a maximum-security prison overshadowed the arrest of other capos and underlined how few new ideas the government has brought to the fight against Mexico's cartels.
Nathaniel Janowitz