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Thursday, 02 September 2010 19:20

'Barbie' Says 'Chapo' to Blame for Violence

In a transcript of the police interrogation with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie," he says disputes over control of Juarez led to Mexico's current cartel war.
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Sunday, 31 October 2010 20:52

El Chapo

Arrested Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo," heads up an alliance of powerful drug traffickers known as the Sinaloa Cartel. His ability to simultaneously co-opt public officials, attack enemies' strongholds, and find creative ways to get his drugs to market has made him a legend in the underworld.

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Fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo,” is living in the Mexican state of Durango, a U.S. anti-drug official told the press, in what could be a calculated move to increase the pressure on Mexico's government to apprehend the Sinaloa Cartel leader.

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The Guardian is among the various publications asking who will take the unofficial title of the world's most wanted fugitive, after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden in a raid on May 2.

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Thursday, 05 May 2011 12:19

Mexico Denies Hiding 'Chapo Guzman'

Mexico’s attorney general denied that the authorities were protecting Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo,” and said his capture was a top priority for the government.

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U.S. authorities announced the break up of an Arizona gang said to be working for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, though how far this will really be a blow for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera's organization is a matter of debate.

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Reports that Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo," lived in Argentina until March 2011 have sparked new speculation about the fugitive capo’s whereabouts.

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U.S. officials have said that notorious Mexican criminal Joaquin Guzman, alias 'El Chapo,' is the most powerful drug dealer of all time. But does the Sinaloan outlaw’s criminal empire really exceed that of the infamous Pablo Escobar?

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Hackers released documents yesterday claiming Arizona law officials knew the location of fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias "El Chapo," two years ago, but failed to inform Mexico's authorities of his whereabouts.

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Interpol’s Mexico chief says that the dominance of Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” over Mexico’s drug exports has declined in recent years, with the Zetas and other smaller groups absorbing much of his market share.

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The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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