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Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso, Texas
Journalist and author based in El Paso, Texas. Staff writer for the El Paso Times.
Interests: US-Mexico relations, border issues, drug cartels, women's issues, minority issue, movies, reading, travel, and more
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This is a verbatim copy of the news release issued today by the US Attorney's Office in New Mexico April 10, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
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How long did it take to count it? The Mexican federal Attorney General's Office released pictures of items seized from one of presumed drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman's homes, which included a collection of gold-plated guns, exotic animals, assault rifles and $22 billion (U.S.) in cash. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
Today Sunshine & Shadows: Public Records and the New Mexico Mental Health Audit Thursday, March 20 - Zuhl Library, 3rd Floor 5:00-6:00 p.m. PROGRAM 6:00-6:30 p.m. RECEPTION Program Outline – (TK) Welcome/Introductions/Order of Events (2-3 minutes) April Anaya, NMSU Library Tribute to Margaret Markham (10 minutes) Todd Dickson, Las Cruces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Border Cafe
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) issued the following press release Thursday. This is a verbatim copy of the release: ICE Texas field offices remove more than 800 sex offenders so far this year More than 2,000 removed every year in past three years DALLAS – The four Texas field... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times A DEA intelligence chief and a DEA high-level official were among those who erroneously reported the death in 2010 of Mexican drug kingpin Nazario "Chayo" Moreno Gonzalez, according to two 2011 DEA reports prepared for U.S. Congressional committees. In one of the DEA... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Border Cafe
http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_25233480/chapo-guzman-should-be-extradited-role-camarena-death Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Border Cafe
Ex-DEA official in California: "Chapo" Guzman allegedly was present during DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena's 1985 torture/interrogation; "Chapo" allegedly received orders to "pick up" Kiki's pilot Alfredo Zavala. (more to come at the elpasotimes.com) Camarena was abducted in Mexico 29 years ago this month by Guadalajara drug cartel operatives. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diana Washington Valdez El Paso Times Mexican corrido musicians wasted no time in musically chronoicaling the recent capture of legendary kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. The very same day, on Saturday (Feb. 22), a song titled "El Corrido de la Captura de el Chapo 2014," was uploaded on Youtube, credited... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Border Cafe
http://www.chicagocrimecommission.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=783436&module_id=142291 Law enforcement officials in Chicago have blamed Sinaloa drug cartel leader for the spike in drug-related violence in that city. Youths in gangs have been fighting and killing each other for "turfs." Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe
Feb. 22, 2014 Statement by U.S. Attorney General The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence, and corruption. We salute the Government of Mexico, and the professionalism and courage of the Mexican authorities, for this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe
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Phil Jordan, former DEA official and ex-director of the El Paso Intelligence Center, says Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman"could escape again if he is not extradited to the United States immediately. "They need to overnight him to the U.S.," Jordan said. DEA officials said that Guzman is wanted for conspiracy to import... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Border Cafe
Copyrighted material/Research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism From the West Mesa Project Albuquerque Judge, police accused in rapes of prostitutes By Diana Washington Valdez ALBUQUERQUE - In recent years, a New Mexico state police officer, an Albuquerque police officer and a Second Judicial District Court... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
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(View of downtown Albuquerque, N.M., from the West Mesa at 118th St. and Dennis Chavez, where 11 bodies were discovered in 2009/Photo by Diana Washington Valdez) Copyrighted material/Research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism From the West Mesa Project City 'awash in drugs' with high rate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
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(Christine Barber, co-founder of Safe Sex Work, which provides safety tips to sex workers in Albuquerque/Photo by Diana Washington Valdez) Copyrighted material From the West Mesa Project/Research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism Street sex workers face perils in Duke City By Diana Washington Valdez ALBUQUERQUE... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
Copyrighted material/research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism From West Mesa Project (Albuquerque serial murders) By Diana Washington Valdez Persons of interest in the West Mesa case, but no evidence ALBUQUERQUE - Several persons of interest attracted the attention of Albuquerque law enforcement for their possible... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
Copyrighted material Research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism Excerpt from http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_25155151 List will be updated as news cases or solved cases are reported By Diana Washington Valdez ALBUQUERQUE - This is a summary list of women who were reported missing in New Mexico between July... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Border Cafe
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http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_25146711 Dirk C. Gibson/Photo courtesy of UNM Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Border Cafe
By Diana Washington Valdez EL PASO - Barrio Azteca gang members operated "maquilas" (assembly plants) in Juarez to process cocaine and crack cocaine, according to a witness in Monday's trial of Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, accused of taking part in the March 2010 murders of three people in Juarez associated with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Border Cafe
KUNM's special on murdered women (one hour). Here's the link in case you missed it http://kunm.org/post/bell-justice-behind-cross-border-femicides Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Border Cafe
According to the Associated Press, DEA officials asked Mexican authorities to check allegations and or rumors that drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman was hospitalized briefly under an assumed name in the Mexican state of Jalisco after reportedly suffering a mild heart attack. Mexian media reported that authorities found gym equipment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Border Cafe
Is Chapo Guzman adopting a healthier lifestyle after rumored heart attack? Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Border Cafe
The Mexican consul's office in El Paso is seeking the public's help in finding the parents of a boy the Border Patrol found Dec. 7 in the desert in the Sunland Park, N.M., vicinity, officials said. The boy, whose nationality is unknown, is between 2 and three years old. Anyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Border Cafe
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Border Patrol found this boy in the desert. Authorities are looking for his parents. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Border Cafe