‘Cartel Crew’ is Back for Season 2

VH1’s Cartel Crew reality show is back for another season.

The way my hustle is set up, I didn’t get to check out Season 1, but I plan to binge watch this weekend in order to catch up for Season 2.

The new season starts Monday October 7 9PM EST

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Mexico’s El Chapo Wants $12bn Fortune Given to Mexico

Former Dodgers Pitcher Sentenced to 3 Years For Possession of 44 Pounds of Cocaine

DAMN 3 years for 44 POUNDS of BLOW!?! Possession?!?!?!


KTLA— Esteban Loaiza, 46, was sentenced Friday more than a year after he was arrested near a house in Imperial Beach, a town south of San Diego that borders Tijuana, Mexico.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the house and found the cocaine in 20 packages under baseball bags bearing the star’s name inside the compartment of a Nissan minivan parked in the garage.

El Chapo’s Lawyers Say He is Being Denied Due Process Leading Up to Trial

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During his upcoming trial US prosecutors will paint the story of a lowly marijuana farmer who rose to create a smuggling empire with annual revenues of $3bn and which, at its peak, was allegedly responsible for 25% of all illegal drugs entering the US from Mexico.

THE GUARDIAN– The sheer abundance of discovery material alone is an indication that little about United States v Joaquín Guzmán Loera will be straightforward when jury selection begins in Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan’s court room on 5 November.

As trial nears, Loera’s defense team say their client is being systematically denied due process.

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, a heavy hitting New York criminal defence lawyer who formally joined Guzmán’s defence team last month says:

“I’ve defended some difficult cases and some notorious clients but I’ve never had both arms tied behind my back like this. This is literally an inquisition. Constitutional fairness has gone out of the window because the government wants a show trial with a quickie conviction.”

The vast amount of evidence prosecutors have assembled to back up their story of Guzmán’s two decades at the top has now landed with the defence, a “dump” in their opinion, and assembled “with no rhyme or reason”.

If the government’s evidence against Guzmán is as good as it claims it is, why are they treating El Chapo in this fashion? “It’s making me think that maybe the evidence is not so good and they’re going to rely on the evidence of people who’ve spent their entire lives selling drugs and lying”.

“He’s in isolation 24 hours a day and his condition is deteriorating. He has no contact with other prisoners and very little contact with jailers, who don’t speak Spanish. He has no ability to speak to his family and gets two calls from his sister totaling half-an-hour a month.”

Lichtman, who is best known for winning an acquittal for John Gotti Jr on mob related racketeering charges, has amplified a sense of anticipation before the trial.

Guzmán’s wife, the former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro, now attends pretrial hearings with the couple’s two young daughters, who wave and coo excitedly to their father from the gallery.

That space is now crammed with increasing numbers of media from Mexico and Central America, where Guzmán remains both reviled and revered.

What are your thoughts? Do you think that El Chapo deserves a fair shot at trial? Is a fair trial even feasible for a man who stands accused of such crimes as himself?

El Chapo Trial Pushed Back Until November 2018

NEW YORK POST– The trial of accused drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will now begin in November, two months later than scheduled.

The delay comes after lawyers for the cartel leader requested an additional five months to go over evidence, claiming that federal prosecutors overseeing the case had been “sandbagging” them with belated information dumps. Prosecutors had argued for only a one-month delay.

Brooklyn federal Justice Brian Cogan agreed to a two-month delay Monday and said jury selection in Guzman’s case will now begin Nov. 5.