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Heavy Lays The Crown: “La Reinita” Will Cool Heels In D.C. Detention Center Awaiting Trial For Drugs, Helping Hubby El Chapo Escape

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February 25, 2021 – Narcos Diva Emma Coronel Aispuro, aka “La Reinita,” the wife of world-famous drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, was denied bail this week in federal court in Washington D.C. after being detained at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Monday morning and charged with conspiracy, drug and aiding-and-abetting counts linked to her husband’s business as boss of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. The 31-year old former beauty queen and reality television show character will have to await trial from behind bars. At least for now.

The almost-mythic “El Chapo” Guzman, the most notorious crime czar on the planet, was convicted at trial in federal court out of New York in 2019 (found guilty of heading the Sinaloa Cartel) and is doing life in prison at the U.S. Supermax facility in Colorado. Coronel Aispuro faces life in prison as well if convicted in her case.

El Reinita means “Little Queen” and Coronel Aispuro has drug-boss blood. Her dad ran a Sinaloa Cartel crew and operated in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Federal prosecutors allege Coronel Aispuro, who has two daughters by 63-year old El Chapo, helped her husband run his Mexican Sinaloa Cartel while he was on the run from the law in the 2010s, including being part of the planning in Guzman’s daring underground escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Guzman’s sons from another marriage, Coronel Aispuro and a federal informant, organized the intricate details of the escape plan, per the indictment.

Coronel Aispuro has dual citizenship between Mexico and the United States. She was born in San Francisco. In 2006, she was crowned Miss Teen Sinaloa.

Ines (El Uno) Coronel Barreras, El Reinita’s father, was a cattle rancher and Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant, doing his business in Northern California, Colorado, Arizona and Durango, Mexico. For most of her childhood, Coronel Aispuro lived in Durango and as a teenager she won several beauty pageants.

The 53-year old “El Uno” was one of El Chapo’s top marijuana smugglers, working the Southwest border region separating Mexico and Arizona and Mexico and Texas. He’s currently doing a 10-year prison term in Mexico for a 2017 drug-conspiracy conviction.

El Chapo married Emma Coronel Aispuro in 2009. The pair met in 2007 at a community dance hall and have 9-year old twin daughters. Coronel Aispuro appeared in the VH1 reality television show, “Cartel Crew.” She was a regular at her husband’s trial two years ago, unflinchingly sitting through testimony from federal agents implicating her in criminal activity and seeing her face dot the covers of New York gossip rags as the paparazzi snapped photos of her every move when going to and from court every day.

White Boy Rick’s Attorney, Ralph Musilli, Passes Away In Detroit At 77, Lived To Watch Famed Client Find Freedom

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February 24, 2021 – Dogged Detroit attorney Ralph Musilli died of natural causes this week at 77, just months removed from seeing his most infamous and persecuted client, former Motor City teenage drug dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe, Jr., finally walk free after more than 32 years behind bars on a single cocaine-possession conviction in a case that drew national attention and became the plot of a big-budget Hollywood film.

Wershe, Jr., was also a controversial underage government informant as a young boy, helping the FBI, DEA and Detroit Police Department make hundreds of cases when he wasn’t even old enough to drive. Musilli was known as a pit bull in the courtroom and a fire-and-brimstone advocate for his clients on multiple legal fronts.

Nobody fought harder to free Wershe, Jr. than Musilli. His passion and demand for justice to be served in regards to the historically tragic Wershe, Jr. case was authentic and his work on the case was tireless and trademark Musilli scrappy. The relentless pursuit of relief for Wershe, Jr. headed by Musilli appeared to reach its conclusion with a motion for resentencing (brilliantly-drafted by Musilli) in front of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway, which was granted in September 2015, and then within days, blocked by a higher court after an appeal effort was launched by the Wayne County Prosecutors Office in opposition of Wershe. Jr.’s release.

Musilli practiced law in the Detroit area for over five decades. In 2016, he was listed in the Top Attorneys of North America book. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit and his law degree from Michigan State.

Barely a teen, Wershe, Jr. was operated as an undercover mole by a federal drug task force between the early summer of 1984 and the late fall of 1986, recruited directly out of the eighth grade by FBI agents and Detroit Police narcotics unit detectives, and tasked with infiltrating the politically-connected, all Black, Curry Brothers Gang on the city’s Eastside. The gang was toppled in April 1987, mainly courtesy of intelligence gleaned from Wershe, Jr., who was cut loose from the task force payroll just months before the bust came down.

The May 1987 arrest of a then 17-year-old Wershe, Jr. in front of his grandmother’s house — located in the gang’s neighborhood — for possession of a box containing 8 kilos of cocaine found following a routine traffic stop in front of the residence resulted in a head-scratching life sentence. Every member of the Curry Brothers Gang convicted in their case was out of prison by 1999.

Wershe, Jr., 51, was released from a Florida prison and returned to his home in Michigan in the summer of 2020. When he walked out from behind the prison gates last June, he left the Florida Department of Correction as the longest-serving non-violent juvenile offender in American history.

Musilli met Wershe, Jr. when Wershe, Jr. was just 15 and less than six months into his work with the government. Wershe, Jr. had been shot by a Curry Brothers Gang member and Musilli represented him in an insurance claim that netted $40,000 in damages.

Back in the 1980s, the baby-faced and flamboyant Wershe, Jr. was a genuine pop-culture phenomenon in the Midwest, a tabloid gangster in a pre-TMZ time frame known for wearing mink coats, lots of jewelry, dating beautiful older women and basking in the glow of his celebrity in floor seats for Detroit Pistons games and VIP treatment at the city’s hottest restaurant and clubs. The urban mythology surrounding him quickly moved out beyond Michigan, inspiring episodes of hit television shows of the MTV era like Miami Vice and 21 Jump Street at the time and a 2018 movie titled White Boy Rick, starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as Wershe, Jr.’s dad and newcomer Richie Merritt in the title role.

With pressure mounting from the McConaughey movie’s pending release and a critically-acclaimed documentary on the subject winning the Detroit Free Press Film Festival capping a flurry of media recognition related to the injustice, the Michigan Board of Parole decided to let Wershe, Jr. out in 2017. For the first time since Wershe, Jr. had become eligible for parole, the Wayne County Prosecutors office didn’t oppose his release. A conviction he took while in a witness-protection unit of a Florida prison in 2005 for engaging in a stolen-car conspiracy, sent him to Florida for three years to do a small stretch of time for his guilty plea in the auto-theft case.

El Narco Diva Dragnet: El Chapo’s Wife, Emma, Will Face Drug Conspiracy Case In U.S., Nabbed By DEA At Dulles Airport

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February 23, 2021 – Uncle Sam came for El Chapo’s wife this week, with DEA agents arresting the 31-year old former beauty queen, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Monday morning on federal narcotics trafficking charges, as the Narcos “First Lady,” deplaned a flight at Dulles Airport in Virginia, just outside Washington D.C.

Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, 63, the world’s most notorious and feared drug kingpin of the 21st Century, has been in U.S. custody since 2017. A mythic figure around the globe — fashioned a super villain of sorts by friends, foe and flocking media like –, Guzman was found guilty on racketeering, drug and murder counts in a heavily-covered 2019 trial in New York City. Today, he is serving a life prison sentence in the BOPs SuperMax facility in Florence, Colorado.

Federal prosecutors allege Coronel Aispuro, who has two daughters by El Chapo, helped her husband run his Mexican Sinaloa Cartel while he was on the run from the law in the 2010s, including being part of the planning in Guzman’s daring underground escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Guzman’s sons from another marriage, Coronel Aispuro and a federal informant, organized the intricate details of the escape plan.

Coronel Aispuro has dual citizenship between Mexico and the United States. She was born in San Francisco. Her father, Ines (El Uno) Coronel Barreras, was a cattle rancher and Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant, doing his business in Northern California, Colorado, Arizona and Durango, Mexico. For most of her childhood, Coronel Aispuro lived in Durango and as a teenager she won several beauty pageants.

The 53-year old “El Uno” was one of El Chapo’s top marijuana smugglers, working the Southwest border region separating Mexico and Arizona and Mexico and Texas. He’s currently doing a 10-year prison term in Mexico for a 2017 drug-conspiracy conviction.

El Chapo married Emma Coronel Aispuro in 2009. The pair met in 2007 and have 9-year old twin daughters. Coronel Aispuro appeared in the VH1 reality television show, “Cartel Crew.” She was a regular at her husband’s trial two years ago, unflinchingly sitting through testimony from federal agents implicating her in criminal activity and seeing her face dot the covers of New York gossip rags as the paparazzi snapped photos of her every move when going to and from court every day.

Real-To-Reel: Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road Journey Explored In New Movie, Cyber Crime Lord Set New Path For Gangsterism

February 22, 2021 – The Silk Road movie (Lionsgate) came out last Friday, reviving interest in the story of Internet gangster Ross Ulbricht, who in the early 2010s ran the so-called Dark Web as a cyber crime lord and Mark Zuckerberg-gone-haywire overseeing a website called Silk Road devoted to free commerce for illicit items (a gangland E Bay of sorts). Ulbricht was a complete game changer in the direction of the underworld in the 21st Century.

Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, The Kings Of Summer, Love, Simon) plays Ulbricht in the film and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies) plays the DEA agent chasing him using old-school tactics. The movie is helmed by Tiller Russell (Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, The Seven Five, Operation Odessa), a producer and documentarian transitioning into scripted-drama directing.

Ulbricht, 36, is serving a life prison sentence after a 2013 joint-takedown by the FBI, DEA and IRS, where he was brought into custody in an elaborate sting at the San Francisco Public Library. He was convicted at a high-profile winter 2015 trial in New York City.

Regarding his historical relevance, it can’t be overstated that Ulbricht created what is the new-age gangster, someone able to earn gargantuan profit and influence from wrongdoing with a few simple strokes of a computer keyboard, as easily, if not, easier, than with a gun or a knife. Ulbricht’s billion-dollar Silk Road black market was a reference to a famous ancient Asian trade route conquered by Mongolian Emperor Genghis Khan in the 12th century.

Similar to a traditional crime boss, the Texas-born and Masters Degree-educated Ulbricht pocketed a commission or “tribute” on each transaction that took place on Silk Road, a number that the FBI estimates to be a hefty $80 million dollars. The IRS cyber crimes unit traced $425 million dollars of sales commission attributed to site administrators.

Silk Road was launched in February 2011 and active until Ulbricht’s arrest in October of 2013. He was convicted on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering less than two years later and will never see the free world again. Originally, the case against Ulbricht included six attempted murders, five of which were dropped prior to jury selection and one that is sitting uncharged in an indictment out of Maryland.

Ulbricht’s trial began on January 13, 2015. At the trial, he offered a “withdrawal defense,” claiming that although he helped launch the Silk Road website, it was merely an economic experiment that he had abandoned shortly thereafter and he is being framed by a former friend and Silk Road-associate of his named, Mark Karpeles.

The FBI believes Ulbricht tried to have a half-dozen people killed for threatening to reveal the identities of Silk Road account holders. Using the site to hire hit men, he shelled out over $725,000 in fees but failed to get any of his desired murder plots off the ground.

Federal prosecutors told jurors that Silk Road was part of what is referred to as the “dark web,” “deep web,” or “back web.” FBI agents specializing in coding and cyber language, explained in their testimony that the Dark Web was a place on-line where domains aren’t easily found, they run on rogue browser systems and won’t appear using standard search engines. To increase anonymity, people paid for items and services on the site with cryptocurrency.

Karpeles, 35, is a shady French-born internet entrepreneur and financier, who was convicted of fraud and web piracy in France in 2010 and founded the American non-profit group, The Bitcoin Foundation, in early 2012 in an effort to lobby and promote the cryptocurrency’s usage and adoption in the United States. He denied any links to the managing of Silk Road on his Twitter account in the days before Ulbricht’s trial began.

By using a target-specific grassroots marketing campaign, Ulbricht, who describes himself as a libertarian, built Silk Road into a 1.2 billion-dollar criminal empire, virtually by himself, in a matter of 18 months. According to the FBI, Ulbricht started the site for the sole purpose of selling hallucinogenic mushrooms and the business paradigm quickly expanded from there.

The shadowy webmaster of Silk Road went by the on-line alias of Dread Pirate Roberts (a nod to the Cary Elwes character in the 1987 film The Princess Bride). Ulbricht was outed as Dread Pirate Roberts at trial. A collection of FBI and IRS agents testified at Ulbricht’s trial about how their investigation into the Silk Road website led to Ulbricht’s doorstep……or computer, in this particular situation, and how finding him, actually, wasn’t all that difficult.

IRS Agent Gary Alford unearthed Ulbricht’s identity via a basic Google search. Typing in the search terms “Silk Road” and “Bitcoin,” he discovered an on-line chat forum centered around Bitcoin where he saw posts from a username known as “Altoid.” Alford found posts seeking code-writers and programmers and directing those interested to Ulbricht’s personal email address (Rulbricht@Gmail.com). Later posts, showed the Altoid account promoting the Silk Road website to forum browsers, writing “it’s kind of like an anonymous Amazon.com.”

Born and raised in a middle-class family in Austin, Texas, Ulbricht attended college at the University of Texas-Dallas campus and then graduate school out east at Penn State, earning a master’s degree in material sciences and engineering. He moved to California in 2012

“The kid Ulbricht was an evil version of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder),” said an FBI agent. “His vision for success was the free-market economy on acid.”

Operation Throne Down Keeps Bearing Fruit, More Massachusetts Latin Kings Cop Pleas

February 20, 2021 – Three more Latin Kings in Massachusetts have pleaded guilty to federal drug and racketeering charges related to 2019’s Operation Throne Down while another one was sentenced. The landmark case, ensnaring over 60 Latin Kings in all, has been a home run for prosecutors, effectively dismantling practically the Latin Kings’ entire east coast hierarchy.

This past week, The Latin Kings boss inside the Massachusetts prison system, Frutoso (King Tutti Fruity) Barros, pleaded guilty in the case, as did New Bedford chapter members, Roberto (King Royalty) Vargas and Shelton (King Shell Casings) Johnson, bringing the total of guilty pleas already racked up in Operation Throne Down to 36, which makes up more than half of the co-defendants indicted 14 months ago.

Dante (King Nasty) Lara, 29, from Boston’s Devon Street Latin Kings chapter, was given two years in prison after a November plea deal back on Monday. The Latin Kings’ “North Shore” chapter boss in Massachusetts, Israel (King Imperial) Rodriguez, pleaded guilty in the case earlier this month.

The No. 1 defendant in the case, Springfield’s Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli, is the Latin Kings east coast region shot caller, according to the indictment. Cecchetelli has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Even though the Latin Kings are mainly a Hispanic criminal organization, Cecchetelli has risen through the ranks as an Italian. Per court documents, the 41-year old King Merlin reports directly to Latin Kings national administration council in Chicago and is connected to the Genovese crime family out of New York via the Genovese syndicate’s Western Massachusetts wing.

In other Latin Kings news from the region, Hartford chapter Latin King Jason (King Hood) Figueroa received a seven-year prison term for a separate 2020 federal drugs and gun case out of Connecticut. Figueroa, 31, copped his plea back in the days before last Thanksgiving.