US Blacklists Son, Ex-Wife of ‘El Chapo’

Friday, 08 June 2012 11:57 Written by  Geoffrey Ramsey

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The US Treasury has added an ex-wife and son of the Sinaloa Cartel’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the “Kingpin List,” freezing their assets in the US, and barring citizens from doing business with them.

The individuals are Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, whom the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identifies as El Chapo’s wife and son. According to the OFAC’s press release, the two are key operatives in the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman Salazar was indicted on drug trafficking charges along with his father in 2009, while Salazar Hernandez “provides material support to the drug trafficking activities of her husband,” according to the OFAC.

This is the sixth time in the past year that the OFAC has singled out individuals linked to Chapo Guzman, whose net worth may be as much as $1 billion.

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While the OFAC press release describes Salazar Hernandez as El Chapo’s wife, she was in fact the first of his three wives. The drug lord reportedly married her in a discreet ceremony in 1977, and the two had three sons: Cesar, Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar. The first two were added to the Kingpin List in May. Continue reading

Hundreds killed in fire at prison in Honduras

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Firemen enter the National Prison of Comayagua where a fire broke out at the facility in Comayagua. (Orlando Sierra / Getty Images / February 15, 2012)

By FREDDY CUEVAS

Associated Press

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday.

Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutor’s office, said early Wednesday some 356 people on the prison roster are unaccounted for among 852 prisoners.

“The majority could be dead, though others could have suffered burns, escaped or survived,” she said.

The fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison in Comayagua, a town 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the Central American country’s capital, Tegucigalpa.

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