domingo, 23 de febrero de 2014

Mexico, US detain leading gangster "Shorty" Guzmán

Mexico arrested on 22 February the country's premier drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, in a joint operation with US agents. Mr Guzmán is one of the world's prominent criminals and was often included in the Forbes list of global multi-millionaires. He was detained in a rented flat in the tourist resort of Mazatlán in Sinaloa, north-western Mexico, along with another person, then taken by helicopter to the Altiplano high-security prison in Estado de México, the daily Milenio reported. Reuters news agency cited locals as expressing concern over instability and violence that could follow the arrest as rival groups or traffickers jostle for power and territory, a habitual consequence of the arrests of crime chiefs. Milenio cited security specialist Eduardo Guerrero as saying on 22 February that Mr Guzmán's deputy, Ismael Zambada would likely take over the cartel within "a month or two," and rival cartels like the Caballeros Templarios, Gulf Cartel and the Zetas might well seek to encroach on some cartel territory or fight its local partners in parts of Mexico in the transitional period. Mexican navy had troops arrested two other members of the Sinaloa Cartel in the state on 20 February, one being described as security chief of the cartel's number two Mr Zambada. Jesús Peña and a collaborator were arrested in the state capital Culiacán, apparently in the house of Peña's sister; troops confiscated a range of assault weapons, ammunition and cars in that operation, Milenio reported. It was not immediately clear if these arrests provided key information helping track down the cartel chief.

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