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Updated on June 30, 2018
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Mexican Boy Locking Gate to Home They Must Abandon

Mexicos Juarez Valley News
Mexicos Juarez Valley News

Residents Flee Home After Warnings from Drug Cartel

While many people are getting ready for the Cinco de Mayo celebration, other Mexicans are literally are running for their lives with the population statistics waning at a rapid rate. In Mexico’s Juarez Valley, people are moving out of their homes. The people are abandoning homes, jobs, schools and country in a matter of hours after a warning from the drug smugglers in El Porvenir.

The Sinaloa Cartel, frequently described as the most powerful and largest "drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere" run by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman until his recent arrest, and it is an alliance of Mexico's top capos.

Living in the Sinaloa Region

There are normally about 3000 residents, but now only about 200 remain. The exodus appears to be the work of the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s most power drug cartel. They have seized control after a two year bloody battle with the Juárez cartel. Mexican drug cartels want no interference with their business and they use terror to control the people. They burn down homes, and there have been more than 100 murders of municipal employees since 2007.

It is a heartbreaking scene as families load up whatever belongings they can and look for a new place to live. Many head away from this cotton farming town to seek safety in Texas, primarily in the farming areas of Fort Hancock and Faberns. It has been reported that easily 20 loaded pickup trucks a day cross the border. The requests for asylum have steadily grown. The murders, burning of churches and homes have terrified the people. Officials live with this terror daily.

The Prison director, Gerardo Ortiz, in Ciudad Juarez, has an armored car and five body guards, but he still doesn’t leave the prison very often because of the risk. After serving in this position 11 months and 10 days he stated his goal was “Leave here alive.” In 2010, 8 prison guards were murdered.

Homeless, Waiting for Opportunity to Relocate

posted in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico gallery
posted in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico gallery

Guzman In US Federal Court

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman's trial is scheduled to begin in September, 2018. He is being tried in a US federal court in Brooklyn, NY, where the juror's names, addresses and places of employment will be kept secret from his lawyers, the prosecutors and the press. In addition, the jury will be sequestered from the public and transported to the courthouse by federal marshals.

He has pled not guilty for a 17-count indictment, which accuses him of heading a criminal enterprise that is responsible for importing and distributing hundreds of tons of narcotics, and he is believed to have conspired to murder numerous rivals.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, Joaquin El Chapo's beauty queen wife, appeared in a federal court room with their two six year old twin daughters. She sweetly waved to her husband in the courtroom. She was actually born in California.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is the drug lord of the Sinaloa Cartel, the criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa .

He was extradited to the US in 2017, and has been brought back to the US for what is hopefully a long term sentence.

Mexican officials always said Guzman was trying to show them who is in charge. Joaquin Guzman is a billionaire from trafficking cocaine. At 5’8”, Guzman was considered the Mexico’s most wanted criminal. American authorities have been interested in him for a long time, as he trafficked billions of dollars of cocaine to the USA every year. The United States offered a financial reward of $5,000,000 for his capture. He escaped federal prison in 2001, and was on the run until 2017.

Guzman was born in a poor family with an abusive father who kicked him out of the house as a child. His drug career began as an apprentice of El Padrino (Godfather), Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who was heading the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico at that time. That was in 1980,

Guzman established his own cartel, placing posts in 17 Mexican states. The Sinaloa cartel’s name came from a Mexican state that lies on the Pacific coast, long known for drug trafficking. Guzman inherited some of the territory when Gallardo was arrested in 1989.

He established groups of violent henchmen, known as “Los Negros, Los Texas, and Los Lobos” were established being responsible for committing more than 1,000 murders across Mexico, including rival drug lord, Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes of the Juarez cartel.

Joaquin Guzman Information

Guzman was then indicted in 1995, in San Diego for money laundering and conspiracy to import tons of cocaine. Ultimately he escaped prison by bribing officers; he was smuggled out in a laundry truck.

In 2008, Mexican and Colombian traffickers laundered between $18 billion and $39 billion in proceeds from wholesale shipments to the US to Guzman, an alleged tunnels expert, is believed to have directed anywhere from a third to half of the cocaine during the past 8 years.

He actually allowed an interview with a magazine, which is extremely rare for drug lords. He said his biggest fear was being locked up, but even if he was it wouldn’t affect the drug business as there are plenty of replacements ready. He said soldiers have closed in on him four times, but he knows the countryside, the rocks, rivers and vegetation, so he has been able to escape.

Tunnels Used to Smuggle Drugs

Problems on the border and in Fort Hancock

Fear has also grown along the Mexico and USA border. Terrorism is happening as an explosive device was thrown at the United States consulate in the city of Nuevo Laredo. There is concern that the violence will continue to spill into the United States. A well known rancher was murdered in Arizona last month.

A few years ago he violence prompted the governors of New Mexico and Texas to send troops to the border. Mexico sent dozens of soldiers to the Juarez Valley to try to restore order. Federal Police replaced the Army to guard Juarez. The residents of Fort Hancock are farmers they were told to arm themselves. One resident said, “It is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6.”

Drug Tunnel


Problems Created by Actions of Drug Cartels

These are several pertinent aspects to this ever growing problem:

  • The drug cartels are obviously stronger or better organized than the Mexican government at this time as they are winning the war.
  • They cartels fight amongst each other and the strongest or luckiest survive. This is a major problem for Mexico, and it is becoming a major problem for the United States as drugs are moved into the U.S.
  • The U. S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual stated some years ago that the threat Mexico is facing is from a “transnational criminal organizations, leaving the United States little choice but to assist its southern neighbor or risk an increasingly grave threat to its own security.”

  • After the two year battle that has killed over 5000 people, Guzman’s cartel controls the most coveted a traffic route through Juarez, therefore it is a dying city.
  • What should the United States due to help the displaced people?
  • What will the United States do about illegal alien’s situation and will it affect these people differently?
  • Should those displaced by violence receive asylum in the USA?
  • Mexican tourism is down, and Americans are warned to not travel in unsafe areas.
  • There is reason to believe there are perhaps hundreds of tunnels from Mexico into the USA that are yet undiscovered, as they have found 197, with 62 located in the San Diego area since 2001.

Fleaing Mexicans from Drug Cartels.

What do you think is an appropriate USA response?

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In summary, these are severe problems that will probably take military action to resolve, at least in Mexico. There is at least millions of dollars worth of drugs being smuggled into the United States.

The tunnels need to be located. A secure border wall should help the flow of drugs and criminals.

It is a difficult situation for an agent to sometimes distinguish between a drug mule and an alien just looking for a better life. More lives will probably be lost.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    erks, I wrote this article quite some time ago. You may know some information that I don't have access to.

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    11 years ago

    theres a mistake in the information /

    you wrote,

    He actually allowed an interview with a magazine which is extremely rare for drug lords. He said his biggest fear was being locked up, but even if he was it wouldn’t affect the drug business as there are plenty of replacements ready. He said soldiers have closed in on him four times, but he knows the countryside, the rocks, rivers and vegetation so he has been able to escape....

    the person who allowed a interview with a mazagine (proceso)/ / in spanish /

    is ismael zambada a.k.a el mayo, he is a kind of is a kind of partner, so you can call it that, of Joaquin Guzman Loera, who also told in same interview that he still cry the imprisonment of his young son, that occurred a few months ago. Vicente Zambada niebla, who allegedly used to be a financial operator of Sinaloa Cartel. and offered due julio Scherer questions about El chapo life, to ask for a new interview to clarify the life of drug lord.... also Ismael Zambada asked for Scherer to take a picture to ilustrate the interview, this picture with the comunicator, is on the cover of march issue of proceso magazine

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cose You are right about the no easy solutions. It would be great if there was no buyers for the drugs but that seems unlikely. Thanks for your comment.

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    11 years ago

    terrible. it's too bad that the drug trade forces decent hardworking people from their homes and endangers innocent people. those drug tunnels especially are troubling. good on you for writing this hub. there are no easy answers, but part of the problem is the demand for their product (illicit drugs), and people who covet these drugs need to take responsibility for their part in it. rating this UP.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Coolmon, I agree with you on the "Will not" or "Can not" because it should have been done a long time ago. They are letting murderous drug lords take over. It is a pathetic situation.

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    11 years ago from Texas, USA

    The situation in Mexico is concerning and scary, but I would like to focus on just the tunnel for a moment. I remember watching Anderson Cooper descend into that drug tunnel on CNN a few months back; Just thinking about the tunnel, and the fact there may be more of them is another example how our government has failed us. With all the technology this country has INCLUDING ground penetrating radar; It is clearly a case of "Will Not" not "Cannot" secure the borders. Thank you for this well written article.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Miata, It sure does affect the US and I agree that the whole thing is very scary. I would think the US and Mexico would be doing more to stop these drug lords. Thanks for your comment.

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    11 years ago from US

    scary and its crazy, this affects the US as well as the drugs are freely transported here in the border. Thank you Pam, Maita

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    dohn, Cari Jean and Rpalulis, Thank you all for your comments. It is a very serious problem and I hope someone is working on a solution that is good for all. They can't led these dug lords win.

  • rpalulis profile image


    11 years ago from NY

    We need Texas Walker Ranger! Seriously though this is a very powerful hub and such a serious problem. I hope these drug lords be caught very quickly and an end be put to all this mess.

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    Cari Jean 

    11 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    This is craziness - all of this because of drugs and money. My brother's wife is from Mexico and a few years ago ended up in a city where the drug situation was really bad. They said there were military everywhere and they were warned not to go out after dark. Thankfully, they made it safely back to the U.S. and haven't gone back since.

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    11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    This is without question, a tough call to make. I'm glad that I don't have to be the one responsible for making such a decision. However, I do hope that whatever does happen is in the name of justice and so protects the innocent. Thank you for uncovering this and bringing it to our attention, Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, It is a terrible situation and it makes me know how much I have to be grateful for. Thanks for your comment.

  • nancy_30 profile image


    11 years ago from Georgia

    Thank you for all this information. This is such a sad story. It's hard to imagine what they are going through. Makes me glad that I live where I am. I read another hub a few weeks ago about this problem. It talked about how they were threatening to kill children if the parents didn't pay them.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, Thank you for your comment and I hope this can b resolved soon.

    Sheri, You are too funny. The MSM wouldn't want be because I try to search out the truth. Thanks for the comment.

    Katiem, I would think we would get more troops to the border and see what we can do to stop the drug lords from getting their cocaine into our country, from killing our farmers, I don't know quite what to do about more illegals coming into the country and yet my heart goes out to them as they are victims in a desperate situation.

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    Katie McMurray 

    11 years ago from Ohio

    Pamela, I just had to come back to this one and see how the conversation is going. This is a Rate Up and Must Read Again... SO important and I think we all know how it affects us here in the states. Thanks and Peace :)

  • SheriSapp profile image


    11 years ago from West Virginia


    With the work you put into this and ALL your hubs, I swear you could be an actual reporter. Of course, since you actually research and present facts, the MSM wouldn't want you!! LOL

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    Support Med. 

    11 years ago from Michigan

    Pamela99, you have researched and written well. It's a huge problem and I only hope that it can be resolved soon.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Pop, Sheila and Rev Lady, Thank you so much for your comments. I agree that it must not be a priority for Washington, and that we must protect our own first. Rev Lady, yes Come, Lord Jesus, Come. Thank you for the blessing

  • RevLady profile image


    11 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    Nothing new under the sun. All is vanity and vexation of spirit. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

    Blessings PM!

    Forever His,

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    sheila b. 

    11 years ago

    Of course we all feel terrible for the innocent Mexican people, but first we must protect our own.

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    11 years ago

    If we really wanted to solve this hideous problem we would. Clearly, it's not a priority in Washington.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rpcarz, Thank you for your comment.

  • rprcarz50 profile image


    11 years ago

    Great article choice! this is such a controversial issue lately.

    Thank you


    As Always Also a2z50

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, I think the drug cartels have so much money and they control high ranking officials with bribes. At least that seems to be the pattern we see. But, the poor residents have nothing much and they have to leave their homes. It is a terrible situation.

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    Hello, hello, 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Pamela, for high-lighting this problem. I can't undertand nor accept that the world and I mean the world can't cut these people down. To let them grow to such an extent with all these high-ranking police forces everywhere. Who is in whose pocket? On a very high level.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thank you all very much for your comments

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    Ann Nonymous 

    11 years ago from Virginia

    What a dilemma! This is sad and shocking but has almost become a norm to hear about! Thanks for raising awareness on this situation and your thoughts about it, Pamela!

  • anglnwu profile image


    11 years ago

    Very interesting hub. It's sad when people have to flee out of fear, leaving everything they are familiar with. Another sad fact--money talks and it's a shame that Guzman can escape from prison because he has the means to. Rated it up.

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    11 years ago

    this is a favorite topic on the local news these days. in fact they warn Spring breakers and vacationers to stay away from Juarez. scary stuff. i can tell you spent a lot of time on this hub. very interesting and topical. rating it UP.

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    Laurel Rogers 

    11 years ago from Bishop, Ca

    I read a newspaper article not too long ago about this situation, and I was shocked then. Now to learn that there are only 200 residents remaining, I feel numb. Almost. What a terrible and difficult situation this is.

    Something needs to be done.

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    Holle Abee 

    11 years ago from Georgia

    This is so scary! I'm glad I don't live anywhere near there.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Quill, I fear you are right about the crime. Thanks for your comments.

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    11 years ago

    Great Hub as always and we only see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crime... it is all around us all we need to do is look... we need better laws with teeth and courts that are willing to enforce them.


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thank you all my friends for all your comments. I think border security is definitely lax.

    Darlene, I agree that much of Mexico is beautiful and I used to love to go there but they need to make it safe again. It is annoying that they are so poor as the country has oil, and agriculture is a big income product for them also.

    Katiem, I think they are asleep at the wheel.

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    Katie McMurray 

    11 years ago from Ohio

    Pamela, GOOD Grief what the HEA is government doing asleep at the wheel, who's driving the buss? This sort of thing gets me in the gut. Desperate times call for desperate meausures and really we don't no the true voice of adversity in Mexico as I'm sure like us they are hushed with ... well I'll stop. Great and Powerful Hub Pamela you have done it again, you go girl. Thanks and Peace :)

  • eovery profile image


    11 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    If we would get the liberals to quit using drugs, we could get rid of this problem.

    Keep on hubbing!

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    11 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Great hub and research, if there is a will there is always a way...I was raised close to San Diego and whenever we would travel into Mexico to shop, you would see armies walking around with guns over their shoulders, this is not new, but we are starting to get smarter. There is also much beauty in Mexico and you can find thousands of quint small towns. The towns people should get out, and create a nice new place. Thanks for sharing this all important hub...

  • vrajavala profile image


    11 years ago from Port St. Lucie

    Surely the US needs to have greater border security there.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tom, I do think we need to clean up the mess, find the tunnels and close them, etc. My father worked in Mexico for several years in the mid 1970's and they loved. I traveled to Mexico several times but the last 2 were off a cruise ship and the people aren't very friendly like they used to be. It is a shame that these drug lords rule the land. Thanks for your comment.

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    Tom Whitworth 

    11 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    This is a revolting situation. I remember back in 1957-1958 my late brother was stationed in Albuquerque,NM as an MP in the US Army he and his best friend Don Cruz used to go on leave in Juarez city very often. They loved those people.

    We need to send many teams of Special Forces and clean this mess up and kill Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once and for all!!!!!!!!!


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