April 4, 2012,

Dear family, friends and supporters,

The following is part of an article I read on CNN-Latin America News on April 4th. We often hear about the ravages of the drug cartels, but because God’s people are praying we see some positive results.

This specific cartel was most feared in the 1990’s. I can remember pictures posted by the FBI, of the 7 Arellano Felix brothers at every border gate in Tijuana. A million dollar reward was offered for the capture of each of the 7 brothers. In Tijuana, they were responsible for numerous murders of police chiefs, priests, even the local bishop and newspaper reporters that were trying to stop the cartel’s drug traffic trade.

Now, years later, Benjamin Arellano Felix is the last one in that family to be permanently stopped by the authorities. His other brothers are either already in prison or have been killed in shoot outs with police. Today is certainly a day of rejoicing for the people in Tijuana. Please keep praying!
Former Mexican kingpin is sentenced to 25 years in U.S. prison ( CNN NEWS April 4/2012 )

(CNN) -- A former leader of Mexico's Tijuana drug cartel was sentenced Monday in the United States to 25 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $100 million after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, officials said.Benjamin Arellano Felix pleaded guilty to the charges in January in U.S. federal court in San Diego. " Today's sentencing marks the end of Mr. Arellano-Felix's reign as the leader of one of the most dangerous drug and organized crime organizations our agencies have ever investigated," San Diego FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric Birnbaum said in a statement.

Benjamin Arellano Felix was one of seven brothers who ran the cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, until he and the majority of the leadership were arrested.

During its peak in the 1990s and early 2000s, the cartel controlled the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs into the United States through Tijuana and Mexicali.

In addition to trafficking drugs, the cartel under Arellano Felix's leadership ran a network known for bribes, spies and killings, according to the Mexican attorney general's office. He was considered the brains and accountant for the organization, the agency said.

Arellano Felix has been convicted of organized crime activities in Mexico and served nine years there before being brought to the United States last year. He was arrested in 2002 in the state of Puebla. Extradition processes against him began in 2007.

"Today's prison sentence virtually ensures that Arellano-Felix will spend the remainder of his life in custody. Following this sentence, he will be deported to Mexico to finish a 22-year sentence. This is a fitting end for a person who has caused so much suffering and destruction."

Rev. Denise Deschamps,
Tender Loving Care Children Ministries

“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble to it.”