Monday, March 12, 2012

EL Chapo Guzmán, just missed in Los Cabos - or not?

"We know he was there"

*Updated Feb. 13, 2013*
Mexico reports that security forces almost nabbed elusive Sinaloa Cartel drug boss Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán three weeks ago, at the Pacific coast resort of Los Cabos. The government reports that one of the world's most wanted men was holed up with associates in a seaside mansion.

"We know he was there," the head of federal organized crime investigations in this country told the Associated Press. Two men and two women were arrested, and a weapons cache was seized. One of the men detained is said to be Guzmán's personal pilot. The near capture occurred in late February.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had attended an international conference in Los Cabos, together with many other prominent dignitaries, a few days before. What a shame they just missed each other. There would have been so many things to talk about.

Mexico and the United States together are offering a bounty of $7 million USD for Guzmán. The national press here speculates that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may be actively participating in the hunt, but American officials have directed all questions to their Mexican counterparts.

Perhaps El Chapo left town in a laundry cart. It's a method of egress with which he's quite familiar.

Feb. 13, 2013 - This interesting article in today's El Universal of Mexico City claims there was no operation in February 2012 which almost nabbed El Chapo in Los Cabos. The whole account was made up, according to sources quoted by the paper.

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