New Leader of Sinaloa Drug Cartel Detained in Mexico City

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 2, 2017, 12:11 pm
New Leader of Sinaloa Drug Cartel Detained in Mexico City
“Mexican authorities have recently idenitified the new head of the Sinaloa Cartel. (Publica)

EspañolThe new leader of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was detained this week, authorities said.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office reported early Tuesday that Damaso Lopez Nuñez, better known as “El Licenciado,” which means “The Graduate” in English, was arrested. He is presumed to be the new Sinaloa Cartel leader, which was formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Tweet: First image of Damaso Lopez’s, best known as “The Graduate,” arrested.

Mexican authorities said three simultaneous searches were carried out in Mexico City that led to the drug trafficker’s capture. During the operation, only one shot was fired. Authorities confirmed his capture over Twitter.


Currently, there is not much information about the detainee available. Only one photo was taken from a video obtained by Mexican intelligence officials.

Damaso Lopez Nuñez is reportedly responsible for “El Chapo” Guzman’s first escape in 2001 from the Puente Grande prison.

After El Chapo’s capture in February 2014, the Navy asked him who would be the new leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, to which he replied that it would be Damaso, his partner. However, it never happened, as El Chapo a continued to lead the criminal organization’s operations.

Recently, Lopez Nuñez, with the help of his son, made an alliance with another powerful Mexican cartel, Jalisco Nueva Generación (called “New Generation” in English). The two of them turned on El Chapo’s children to start a new drug war. According to Mexican security agencies, Damaso, who identified himself as the new head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was winning.

Source: Noticieros Televisa

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuela Leaving OAS Is No Excuse to Impose Dictatorship, Rebukes Secretary General Almagro

By: Karina Martín - May 2, 2017, 11:06 am
Venezuela leaving OAS

EspañolSecretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro said Monday, May 1 that the "bloodshed" in Venezuela could be avoided with the implementation of elections. "The streets of Venezuela are stained with blood today," Almagro said in reference to fatalities of ongoing protests against the Nicolás Maduro dictatorship. "All of this could have been avoided with elections, specifically with the recall referendum in 2016." Almagro's statements come in response to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's decision to withdraw Venezuela from the OAS. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "The fact a withdrawal letter was submitted to the OAS does not give the regime carte blanche to consolidate itself as a dictatorship," Almagro said. "Both member nations and the Secretary General will ensure that this does not happen." According to Almagro, every Venezuelan who goes out to protest is a symbol for the entire continent. Read More: Retired Military in Venezuela Ask Armed Forces to Disobey the Maduro’s Orders Read More: Trump Claims “Venezuela is a Mess” After Maduro Regime Announces Exit from OAS "It is time for the rights of the people to be restored. The continent calls for the country to return to democracy." Protests in Venezuela have already stretch on for a month following the coup d'état executed by the Supreme Court of Justice last month that gave Maduro the power of the country's legislative body, the National Assembly. Opposition leader María Corina Machado said pulling out of the OAS is Maduro's new strategy for gaining time and circumventing the pressures of the international community, which in the last month has demanded the restoration of democracy in Venezuela in addition to free, fair general elections. Sources: El Nacional; Caraota Digital.

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