“Nameless” for Borderland Beat
|Alfredo Vásquez Hernández, also referred to as Alberto Bazan Orozco, was financially sanctioned by the US authorities in September 2011 (photograph credit score: OFAC)
Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez, 68, who held a outstanding place throughout the inside circle of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, stands as one of many highest-ranking members sentenced in Chicago. At the moment serving a 22-year jail time period imposed in 2014, Vasquez-Hernandez is searching for a possible discount.
In a complete 13-page letter addressed to U.S. District Choose Sharon Johnson Coleman, he argues that he meets the standards for early launch as outlined within the First Step Act, a legislative measure signed into regulation by President Donald Trump in 2018. Citing well being points and modifications in drug sentencing legal guidelines, Vasquez-Hernandez advocates for reconsideration of his sentence.
Having been in federal custody for 13 years, Vasquez-Hernandez anticipates launch throughout the subsequent two years, factoring in accrued “good time” on account of a clear report and accomplished instructional programs whereas in jail. Nonetheless, he contends that the circumstances on the Fort Dix federal correctional heart in New Jersey, the place he’s at the moment held, are deplorable.
Moreover, he disputes his classification as a “supervisor or supervisor,” a designation that will have shortened his jail sentence. Representing himself legally, Vasquez-Hernandez petitions the decide to amend his sentence to “time served.”
Whereas El Chapo, his lifelong buddy, serves a life sentence in a federal jail in Colorado, 4 of El Chapo’s sons confronted federal expenses in Chicago final 12 months, accused of constant their father’s multibillion-dollar drug enterprise. Ovidio Guzman Lopez, one in all El Chapo’s sons, was extradited from Mexico to Chicago.
Margarito and Pedro Flores, who have been amongst El Chapo’s outstanding cocaine prospects and grew up in Little Village, cooperated with the federal government towards each El Chapo and Vasquez-Hernandez. In change for his or her testimony, the dual brothers received lenient 14-year sentences.
In 2009, Margarito Flores testified earlier than a grand jury, stating, “On behalf of Chapo… Alfredo organized the transportation of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico in airplanes; was concerned within the transportation of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico in submarines and ‘submergibles’ or semi-submersible vessels… and facilitated the transportation of cocaine in rail automobiles.”
Prosecutors alleged that Vasquez-Hernandez served because the cartel’s logistics coordinator, overseeing the transportation of multi-ton shipments of cocaine into america. In 2014, he pleaded responsible to a single rely of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, particularly involving a 276-kilogram cargo of cocaine from Mexico to Chicago by practice.
Vasquez-Hernandez’s legal professional contended that the Flores twins had exaggerated his position throughout the cartel. Even Choose Ruben Castillo, presiding on the time, expressed confusion over the federal government’s lack of ability to show how Vasquez-Hernandez, who introduced himself as a physique store employee, had turn out to be prosperous by way of his affiliation with El Chapo.
“He has no property — it’s like he’s Mr. X. I’d prefer to know who it’s that I’m sentencing,” Castillo mentioned, expressing bewilderment at Vasquez-Hernandez’s obvious lack of identifiable wealth and suggesting the opportunity of a hid “small fortune.”
In his letter to the court docket dated December 26, Vasquez-Hernandez contends that “nobody is frozen in time” and asserts his rehabilitation throughout his jail time period. He acknowledges the folly of the life path that led him to interrupt the regulation, describing it as “silly, pointless, and incorrect.”
Notably, he highlights his clear jail report with none infractions. Regardless of not being a fluent English speaker, he reveals his dedication to pursuing instructional targets by getting ready for a Normal Equivalency Diploma (GED) take a look at, particularly as he lacks a highschool diploma.
Vasquez-Hernandez lists varied courses he has taken in jail, together with accounting, parenting, portray, and vocational programs. Federal prosecutors are anticipated to reply to Vasquez-Hernandez’s letter by February 1.
Sources: Chicago Sun-Times