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Santo Domingo.- Joaquin Guzman Loera (El Chapo), head of Mexico’s bloodiest cartel, Sinaloa, had decided to use Dominican Republic territory as one of his key routes to ship large amounts of cocaine and heroin to Europe.

A compilation of dates and names by outlet shows that Guzman had already been using the country to smuggle drugs to U.S. for several years, in coordination with associates of the now defunct Cartel del Valle del Norte.

With the fall of the major drug traffickers operating from Dominican territory such as Quirino Paulino, José Figueroa Agosto, Ernesto Bienvenido Guevara Díaz, Ramón Antonio de el Rosario Puente, Yubel Enrique Méndez and the Colombian Luis Santacruz Echeveri, among others, "El Chapo Guzmán" decided to send his people to Dominican Republic to oversee his interests.

As part of his strategy he sent the Mexican who used the name of Luis Fernando Bertolucci Castillo (Fernando Blengio Cesaña), sent in person by the head of Sinaloa cartel to coordinate drug trafficking operations with Colombian counterparts and Dominican associates from here.

Guzman was iinitially considered a pawn within the Sinaloa cartel and as such was extradited to the U.S. in July 2012. But it turned out that the Mexican arrested was a pilot of Guzman’s confidence whose real name was Fernando Blengio Cesaña and whom U.S. authorities wanted to use as a witness against Vicentillo Zambada, son of "El Mayo Zambada," the Sinaloa cartel’s second-in-command and El Chapo’s possible successor.

Mexican link

The Mexican link was uncovered with the July 1 arrest in Villa Mella of the Lebanese national Mawan Chebli Chebli, who turned out to be a figure with frequent moves between Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico. He was even prosecuted in Venezuela in June 2007.

In addition to that case, several major drug shipments were detected in the country which later turned out that they were sent by Guzmán, such as the 807 kilos of cocaine at Caucedo Multimodal Port on March 14, 2012, which, according to authorities, was owned by the Mexican capo. The drug was to Valencia, Spain.

That same cartel suspected of ordering the execution in Santiago of four Colombians in 2011, after the alleged loss of a major shipment, which was seized as the result of an undercover operation involving several agents.

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8 comment(s)
Written by: jasfalon, 24 Feb 2014 8:02 AM
From: United States

Another of Leonel, and the wife's, sicko friends?

How much did Leonel make allowing the Sinaloa cartel to operate out of RD?
Mucho dinero!

What was Melgen and his General partner's cut for letting it get through?

Written by: BASTA, 24 Feb 2014 8:21 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Leonel’s foundation is worth upwards of 456 Billion Pesos. Makes us wonder! Who says crime does not pay.
Written by: zooma, 24 Feb 2014 8:44 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

It can be suggested the clout reached into the government halls.

Written by: blue105, 24 Feb 2014 9:46 AM
From: United States
basta=coke head,loser

i'm sure you know all this because your part of the drug cartel in the Dominican republi
Written by: RobertoJose, 24 Feb 2014 11:59 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
I can get you in on Phase 1 construction of the new Lincoln Tunnel extension to the Appalachian Mountains there is only one spot left
Written by: RobertoJose, 24 Feb 2014 11:59 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
I like the way you conveniently forget Leonels association with distinctive key players of various international drug cartels or the photo in the palacio with Del Toro and his son, even tho you've been on board since 2009. Does it not make you wonder why Leonel hired the #1 criminal money laundering attorney from the USA to advise him while president of the Republic.

Written by: Grosero, 24 Feb 2014 12:59 PM
From: United States

Chapo was head of logistics for the biggest smuggler in the world ...he goes by the initials US.

US would love to convince the tax payers that El chapo was a billionaire - ya a billionaire with a $20 punta in a beach-side flop that only had a dozen in the ice box and no pass-port - no money - no exit strategy - no place to run

sounds like a billionaire to me...rightie?

...remember "US's" ole runny reagen's buddy manuel noriega..?

Ya well manuel use to run logistics with a dude named oliver and well we all know manuel fell from grace.....

So let's round up with the usual suspects and get back to smuggling dope while destroying the inner cites...
Written by: hellborn25, 24 Feb 2014 1:44 PM
From: United States, United states, homes of taxes and every foul philosophy on the planet.
Dominican republic has become a tropical cocaine orgy fest for south americans, enjoy the wild wild west thats to come.
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