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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.
The US Treasury has added an alleged Sinaloa Cartel member linked to drug lord Juan Jose "El Azul" Esparragoza Moreno to its Kingpin List, as the authorities increase the pressure on Mexico's leading criminal organization following the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
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.
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.
The dramatic capture of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman is the end of an era for Mexico’s underworld. The new normal may be an increasingly chaotic criminal terrain, and, facing a more coordinated Mexican security strategy, the next generation of criminal groups may find it impossible to replicate the empire Guzman created.
The world's most wanted criminal and prolific drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been captured at a beach resort in Mazatlan, calling into question the future of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organization, the Sinaloa Cartel.
A wave of arrests of key associates of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada in Mexico suggests the net may finally be closing on the elusive kingpin and increases suspicions he may have been betrayed by his Sinaloa Cartel partner Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.