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TitleTop Drug Trafficker Caught in Mexico
News OrganizationU-T San Diego

U-T San Diego--The 13-year hunt for the world’s most powerful drug trafficker ended without a gunshot Saturday in an oceanview condo building in Mexico’s Pacific port city of Mazatlan.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was captured alongside a companion at 6:40 a.m. in what Mexican attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam described as an “impeccable action” by Mexican Navy commandos.

Murillo said the mission was carried out with backing from Mexican law-enforcement agencies and “very full collaboration” of some U.S. agencies.

Guzman “is such an iconic and legendary figure in Mexico,” said David Shirk, a political science and international relations professor at the University of San Diego and director of the Justice in Mexico Project.

“He’s been so incredibly elusive for so long that many people have interpreted that as having some kind of protection from the Mexican government” Shirk added. “(His arrest) is a very strong statement that they are serious about continuing to wage the war on drugs.” (Full Story

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