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EL SALVADOR

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias 'Chepe Diablo'

CHEPE DIABLO / 26 MAY 2021

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," does not fit the normal profile of a criminal leader. As the former president of the first division of Salvadoran soccer and the…

CHEPE DIABLO / 25 MAY 2021

A business magnate who is an alleged leader of El Salvador’s Texis Cartel has escaped justice once again, after a court dropped money laundering charges against him.

CHEPE DIABLO / 9 DEC 2020

Hotels seized from accused Salvadoran drug kingpin Chepe Diablo were awarded lucrative government contracts to serve as quarantine centers, according to an audit of pandemic spending by El Salvador's Court of…

CHEPE DIABLO / 18 APR 2017

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who was arrested…

CHEPE DIABLO / 17 APR 2017

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," has been accused of laundering money via shell companies in Panama, a reminder of the important role these corporate structures play for criminal…

CHEPE DIABLO / 12 APR 2017

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money laundering charges in…

CHEPE DIABLO / 6 APR 2017

In our April 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about one of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this…

CHEPE DIABLO / 5 APR 2017

El Salvador's Attorney General's Office arrested José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," the alleged leader of the Texis Cartel, the most important drug trafficking and money laundering organization in…

CHEPE DIABLO / 9 DEC 2016

José Adán Salazar Umaña is the only Salvadoran citizen currently on the US government's Kingpin List. But in his defense, Salazar Umaña claims is he is an honorable businessman who…

CHEPE DIABLO / 7 DEC 2016

When Luis Martínez was the Attorney General in 2015, he ordered his subordinates to shelve the money laundering investigation against businessman José Adán Salazar Umaña. Now, with Martínez out and…

CHEPE DIABLO / 17 JUN 2016

Former DEA agent in El Salvador Danny Dalton doesn't mince words: Central America's drug trafficking organizations would not be so well developed without the help of corrupt local authorities that…

CHEPE DIABLO / 5 APR 2016

In June 2000, Óscar Samuel Ortiz -- the mayor of the town of Santa Tecla at the time and current vice president of El Salvador -- founded a real estate…

CHEPE DIABLO / 24 DEC 2015

In this article, the role of El Salvador Attorney General Luis Martinez in obstructing investigations into the Texis Cartel, and its supposed leader "Chepe Diablo," come under scrutiny…

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