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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Chapo Guzmán daughter arrested for use of false documents at border

Los Angeles Times reports that she planned to give birth in Los Angeles, where the father of her unborn child lives

Guzmán reported to have infiltrated Siedo, the Mexican department that investigates organized crime

     A daughter of top Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was arrested at the pedestrian crossing at the San Ysidro port of entry on Friday for using false documents, Mexican media and the Los Angeles Times reported.

     Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar's attorneys said she is a Guadalajara doctor and seven months' pregnant. She was planning to give birth in Los Angeles, where the father of her unborn child lives, the Times said. She is the daughter of Guzmán's first wife, María Alejandrina Salazar Hernández. U.S. officials told the Times that the daughter did not appear to be a key figure in Guzmán's Sinaloa Cartel.

     Story, Los Angeles Times. Story, Frontera (PDF).

     Last year, Guzmán's current wife, Emma Coronel, gave birth to twins in Lancaster. The Los Angeles Times reported that Coronel, then 22, crossed at Calexico with her papers in order.

     Meanwhile, Mexican media also reported that "El Chapo" Guzmán apparently infiltrated the Attorney General's Office department specializing in investigations against organized crime (Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada, or Siedo). Story in Frontera (PDF).

Update, Oct. 17: Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar is due to have a hearing Oct. 25.

Update, Oct. 18: David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, was quoted by Reuters as saying that if she had cell phone number for "El Chapo" Guzmán or any recent interaction with him, "that could be a very important clue to law enforcement as to his whereabouts, his methods of operation, and eventually his capture." Story, Reuters.

Update, Dec. 20: She is deported to Mexico after pleading guilty to entering the United States with a fake visa.