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El Mochomo, One of El Chapo’s Rivals, Pleads Guilty

Alfredo Beltran Layva El Chapo
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In a totally unexpected turn of events, Alfredo “El Mochomo” Beltran Leyva, one of El Chapo’s biggest enemies, pled guilty to drug trafficking before his case went to trial.

“Yes, Your Honor, I helped my brother Arturo and I conspired with my brother Arturo,” said Beltrán Leyva. The conspiring included trafficking cocaine, meth, marijuana and heroine to the United States. He downplayed his part in the Sinaloa Cartel by saying he was simply a member of the organization and not the leader. On June 6th, he’s expected to get a minimum of 10 years to a life sentence.

El Mochomo and his three brothers were former allies of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, but split ways in 2008 provoking one of the bloodiest drug war periods in Mexico. But don’t expect him to show up as a witness against El Chapo.

“After considering many personal and legal factors, my client decided to plead guilty to the indictment without an agreement with the government,” said A. Eduardo Balarezo, Beltran Leyva’s attorney. Prosecutors state side are crossing their fingers that he’ll change his mind if El Chapo is extradited to the United States.

Read more about Alfredo Beltran Leyva from The Huffington Post here.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the Latino Vote


Five Things You Need to Know About the Latino Vote

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The Washington Post and Univision recently released a survey that focused exclusively on you, Latino voters. Here are the 5 things that stood out.

Millennial Latinos prefer Bernie, everyone else prefers Hillary.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) jokes around as he speaks during a campaign rally at Bonanza High School on February 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanders is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of Nevada's February 20th Democratic caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

If you’ve ever read any of the comments on our Facebook political posts, you know a lot of young Latinos are feeling the Bern. Of the 18- to 34-year-olds that participated, 49% said they were planning on voting for the Vermont Senator. The good news for Hillary is that people over the age of 35 are overwhelmingly on her side.

Marco Rubio leads the way with Republicans.

Sorry Donald, but Latinos rather support Rubio over you. For those who identified as Republican, 34% said they were planning on voting for the son of two Cuban immigrants.

1 in 2 Latinos will vote for a Democrat; 1 in 3 are unsure.


If these numbers hold, the Latino vote will go to the Democrats no matter what. 51% of respondents said they were voting blue, only 14% said they were voting Republican, and 32% are unsure who they’ll vote for.

The economy and jobs are still #1.

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It was true in 2014 when Pew Hispanic did a comprehensive survey about Latino issues, and it’s still true now: the economy and jobs are still a top of what concerns our community the most.

Immigration is now more important.

Speaking of that 2014 Pew Hispanic poll, immigration ranked 4th as the most important issue for Latinos. Two years later, it’s moved up two spots. Could it be that Republicans threatening to deport everyone and their mothers brought the issue to the forefront?

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