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Judicial authorities in Mexico have reported that imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will serve as a witness in the case against a fellow ex-cartel operator, a development likely to spook other Sinaloa leaders.
Media in Mexico have released details from the testimony of one of arrested drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's closest employees, which offer insight into the notorious kingpin's final days of freedom and the inner workings of his organization.
A high-level security official in Honduras has blamed recent massacres in San Pedro Sula on the capture of Sinaloa Cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but the spate of violence is more likely linked to the city's status as a strategic operational hub for international criminal organizations.
A prominent Italian author and mafia expert has claimed Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada was behind the capture of the Mexico cartel’s top leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, raising further questions about possible tensions within the organization.
An appeal by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to block his extradition to the United States has been denied, making incarceration in the United States unlikely but possible, as questions remain over what will happen to Mexico's organized crime landscape in the wake of the drug lord's arrest.
With Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman now back in a cage many analysts and ordinary Mexicans alike fret about the expected knock-on effects. What those effects are, and how bloody they might be, will depend on President Enrique Peña Nieto's next moves in dealing with both the power vacuum Guzman leaves and the political and financial networks that supported his grip.
Succession in the Sinaloa Cartel does not necessarily mean more violence. Indeed, the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could present more problems for his political and business accomplices than within his own criminal organization.
Mexico's attorney general has said in an interview that officials used DNA tests and telling physical features to identify Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the world's most wanted drug trafficker, though it remains to be seen whether even this will put to rest the inevitable rumors of deception.
A US extradition request for captured kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has already arrived on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's desk. But with US-Mexico relations chilly, extraditions falling and the Mexican government's record on sending big capos north uneven at best, it appears unlikely Chapo will ever see the inside of a US courtroom.
The arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Mazatlan -- whose outsized legend hogged the limelight and resources -- means the government can get down to the real business of fighting crime.