Friday, April 4, 2014

Mexican drug kingpin Guzman captured

(Reuters) - Mexico's most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Saturday, announcing a major victory for the government in a long, brutal drugs war.

Guzman, known as "El Chapo" (Shorty) in Spanish, runs Mexico's infamous Sinaloa Cartel and over the past decade emerged as one of the world's most powerful organized crime bosses. His cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States, and fought brutal wars with other Mexican gangs over turf and drug-trafficking routes. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting.

From humble beginnings in a ramshackle village, Guzman rose up in the 1980s under the tutelage of Sinaloan kingpin Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, alias "The Boss of Bosses," who pioneered cocaine smuggling routes into the United States.
Guzman has been caught before, and famously gave his jailers the slip. He escaped a Mexican prison, reportedly in a laundry cart, in 2001 to become the country's most high-profile trafficker. He is believed to command groups of hitmen from the U.S. border into Central America.

He was indicted in the United States on dozens of charges of racketeering and conspiracy to import cocaine, heroin, marijuana and crystal meth. Guzman was listed for a time in Forbes' annual list of billionaires around the world but he was dropped last year, because it was impossible to verify his wealth.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/22/us-usa-mexico-kingpin-idUSBREA1L0RE20140222