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The Kid Who Masterminded El Chapo’s Secret Phone Network
It came in off the street one day—a tip, a lead, a rumor—whatever you cared to call it, it was one of the strangest things they had heard in their careers. Chapo Guzmán, the world-famous drug lord, had hired a young IT guy and the kid had built him a sophisticated system of high-end cell phones and secret servers, all of it ingeniously encrypted.The unconfirmed report—perhaps that was the best way to describe it—had arrived that Friday in June 2009 when a tipster walked into the lobby of the FBI’s field division office in New York. After his story had been vetted downstairs, it made its way up seven flights of stairs and landed with a curious thud among the crowded cubicles of C-23, the Latin American drug squad. For more than thirty years, the elite team of
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Melissa Valenzuela, 34, was reported missing by her family on March 20, 2020. She was found dead the next week, Mesa police said. (Photo: Mesa Police Department)
Court records show details that led to police arresting four women on suspicion of kidnapping in connection with a Mesa homicide case in March.
Melissa Valenzuela was reported missing by her family March 20 and found dead three days later.
Mesa police arrested Nadine Chavez, 34; Christina Gomez, 39; Mercedes Gomez, 32; and Melissa Servin, 42 on April 24 in connection with the homicide.
Detective Jason Flam, a department spokesperson, confirmed in an email the arrest of the four women is related to Valenzuela’s case. But because it’s still an active investigation, Flam said, “I am unable to discuss the specifics of the case.”
Valenzuela, 34, of Mesa, was last seen March 17 with Mercedes and Christina Gomez days before her death,